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When it comes to water damage in your home, it is not necessarily the overall amount of rain that is the biggest contributor to the destruction. It is the level of rain that comes over a short period of time. Annual rainfall levels have dropped in Toronto on a yearly basis, although damage from water has increased – mostly because torrential downpours have increased alarmingly.
In July 2013 for example, there was 90mm of rain that fell in an hour, an amount higher than average for the entire month. The changes in weather have prompted homeowners to alter, or at least ramp up, their strategies of how they protect their property. The Toronto government has championed the cause as well by easing some of the financial strain on homeowners by providing subsidies for the installation or replacement of a sump pump.
The City of Toronto has begun offering residents up to $3,400 per property for the installation of flood protection devices. This amount is somewhat misleading because only up to $1,750 is eligible for sump pump related costs. Homeowners are also granted municipal rebates related to the installation and replacement of backwater valves as well as the cutting and capping of pipes connecting to city storm sewers.
What is covered in sump pump eligibility?
A sump pump and the corresponding components are an important installation, not only for protection against storms but also burst pipes, malfunctioning appliances, and other water damage in a basement or around a home’s foundation. The City of Toronto’s subsidy covers the installation and replacement of the sump pump, the installation of a sump pump alarm, and the installation of emergency backup for the unit.
It should be noted that the installation is not “free” per se. The government rebate covers 80% of the invoiced amount including labor, materials, permits, and taxes. The work must also be done by a licensed Toronto contractor and only the registered owner of the property (single family home, duplex, triplex) is eligible for the rebate. Because it needs to be done right, many homeowners rely on the professionals at Dr. Pipe Drain and Plumbing Services.
Stipulations aside, the City of Toronto is not saying that the installation of a sump pump is mandatory – they are just saying if you do decide to put one in your property we will help you out proving that sometimes when it rains, it does not have to pour.