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Enhanced Basement Flooding Prevention Subsidy Program

 
Halton Region makes it easier and more affordable to protect your home from basement flooding through the Enhanced Basement Flooding Prevention Subsidy Program.

Flooding can happen when you least expect it. Halton Region has invested millions of dollars in optimizing the wastewater sewer system throughout the region. These improvements ensure that the Region’s wastewater sewer system is more resilient to impacts of climate change, including more frequent and severe localized wet weather. Regional Council endorsed the Enhanced Basement Flooding Prevention Subsidy Program to further withstand these impacts of climate change.

What is the Enhanced Basement Flooding Prevention Subsidy Program?

Animation illustrating proper basement flooding prevention. Animation illustrating improper basement flooding prevention.

This program offers financial support for residents who make the necessary improvements on the private side to prevent storm water from entering the wastewater system and to reduce the risk of flooding from sewer backup.

Subsidy programs

There are 4 subsidy programs to make protecting your home easier and more affordable.

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Downspouts, the vertical pipes connected to your eavestroughs, collect water from the roof and direct it to the ground. A disconnected downspout discharges water over the lawn or to other permeable surfaces.

Disconnected downspouts reduce the amount of rainwater getting into the sewer system, thereby reducing the risk of basement flooding due to sewer backups.

Financial Support

Halton will cover 100% of the eligible costs to disconnect your downspouts from the sanitary sewer system, up to a maximum of $500.

Diagram animating the differences between a direct connection of the downspout and weeping tile to the sanitary serwer system increasing potential for basementflood and one discharging rainwater to the lawn or other surface. Weeping tile is disconnected in this example and a sump pump forces water away.

Connected downspout

A downspout that enters into the ground.

Disconnected downspout

A downspout that discharges water to the lawn or another permeable surface at a suitable distance away from the outside wall.

PW-sump-pump.jpgUnderground pipes installed around the foundation of your home, called weeping tiles, collect groundwater in order to drain it away from the foundation of your home. In older homes, weeping tiles may drain into the sanitary sewer system. Halton encourages homeowners to disconnect their weeping tiles from the sanitary sewer system and re-connect them to a sump pump. This improvement will significantly reduce the amount of storm water entering into the wastewater system resulting in a reduced risk of basement flooding due to sewer backup.

Financial Support

Halton will cover 100% of the costs to disconnect weeping tiles and install a sump pump, up to a maximum of $5,000. To be eligible, the work must include disconnecting the weeping tiles from the sanitary sewer system, and residents must use a contractor from our list of authorized contractors.

Diagram animating the differences between a direct connection of the downspout and weeping tile to the sanitary serwer system increasing potential for basementflood and one discharging rainwater to the lawn or other surface. Weeping tile is disconnected in this example and a sump pump forces water away.

Weeping Tile Disconnection Authorized Contractors List

Homeowners will only be eligible for the 100% Weeping Tile Disconnection subsidy if the work has been competed by one of the following authorized contractors:

  • Plugged Piper - 905-333-3044
  • Rain Drain - 519-443-0838
  • WM Groves - 905-545-1117
  • Phil Groves - 905-681-8082
  • Plumbway - 905-681-6545
  • Roto- Rooter - 905-570-8788
  • Basement Technologies - 905-527-3325
  • OMNI Basement Systems - 905-296-6664
  • Drain Rescue - 905-634-0147
  • Umbrella Waterproofing and Plumbing Solutions - 905-538-7162
  • Anta Plumbing - 905-332-1230
  • Plumbing Dunn Right - 905-699-3540
  • RCC Waterproofing - 416-747-1920
  • Bosco Home Services - 905-840-5655

For more information about how you can get on the Weeping Tile Disconnection Authorized Contractors list, please contact us via email at or by telephone at 905-825-6000 ext. 7366.

Disclaimer: The work completed by a contractor is based upon an agreement between the homeowner and contractor. The Region is not responsible for any damages, losses or misconduct performed by your chosen contractor. For more details, please reference the Regional Municipality of Halton Basement Flooding Prevention Subsidy Program waiver form. It is recommended that homeowners obtain multiple quotes and request and follow up with the contractor’s references. Please note the Better Business Bureau is also available for homeowners to obtain reliability reports on contractors.

PW-sewer-lateral.jpgThis pipe carries wastewater from your home to the municipal wastewater sewer.

Financial Support

Halton will cover 50% of the costs to repair your sewer lateral (pipe), up to a maximum of $2,000.

Animation illustrating a damanged sewer laterals creating a blockage or poor drainage, preventing wastewater from flowing from your home to the municipal sanitary sewer system.

PW-valve.jpgA backwater valve is a device installed on your sewer lateral that prevents wastewater from re-entering your house.

Financial Support

Halton Region will cover 50% of the cost to install a backwater valve inside your home, up to $675.

Animation illustrating the backwater valve in it's working state; allowing a one way flow from the home to the sanitary sewer, and it's closed state; which prevents sewer overload water from entering the home during a back up.

Be prepared. Protect your home and community from flooding by following these helpful tips:

  • Ensure your yard slopes away from your house, not towards it
  • Ensure that eavestroughs (gutters) and downspouts are clear and drain properly
  • Keep floor drains inside your home clear
  • Ensure window wells are free of debris
  • Install weather protection sealant around basement windows and the base of ground-level doors
  • Assemble an emergency kit- flooding can happen when you least expect it

Apply to a program

  1. Download both the Enhanced Basement Flooding Prevention Subsidy Program application (PDF file) and the Enhanced Basement Flooding Prevention Subsidy Program waver (PDF file) forms, or pick them up at the Halton Regional Centre.
  2. Follow additional steps pertinent to each different subsidy program (listed below).
  3. Submit a completed application and include the required documentation as outlined in the application form.
    • Scan and email to basementfloodingsubsidy@halton.ca
    • Drop off in person at the Halton Regional Centre, 1151 Bronte Road, Oakville.
    • Submit by mail to:
      The Regional Municipality of Halton
      Public Works, Wastewater Services
      c/o Systems & Outreach Administrator
      Woodlands Operation Centre
      1179 Bronte Road, Oakville ON, L6M 4G3

Once you decide on the best course of action for your home, follow the additional application steps outlined below applying for your subsidy:

Downspout Disconnection Subsidy

Downspout Disconnection Subsidy

  • Take before and after photographs and complete the sketch found on page 4 of the application form.

Check if you're eligible for a downspout disconnection subsidy

Weeping Tile

Weeping Tile Disconnection & Sump Pump Installations Subsidy

  • Choose a contractor from Halton Region’s list of authorized contractors (PDF file).
  • Apply to your local municipality for a permit to conduct work. Once the work is completed, arrange for an inspection and obtain documentation from your local municipality ensuring the work meets the Ontario Building Code standards.

Backwater Valve

Backwater Valve Installation Subsidy

  • Choose your own contractor
  • Apply to your local municipality for a permit to conduct work. Once the work is completed, arrange for an inspection and obtain documentation from your local municipality ensuring the work meets the Ontario Building Code standards.
  • Have your contractors provide a written statement indicating that your weeping tiles are not connected to the sanitary sewer system.

Sewer Lateral

Sewer Lateral (pipe) Lining & Repair Subsidy

  • Choose your own contractor.
  • If required, apply to your local municipality for a permit to conduct the work. Once the work is completed, arrange for an inspection and obtain documentation from your local municipality ensuring the work meets the Ontario Building Code standards.
  • Arrange for your contractor to perform CCTV before and after videos of the inside of your sanitary lateral/pipe and submit with your application. Your lateral pipes must be in a substandard condition to be eligible for the subsidy.

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