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Utilities Kingston customers could get up to $3,000 to help prevent basement flooding

September 27, 2016 -

Every basement is at risk, even if it's never happened before!

Homeowners, did you know that your basement is at risk of flooding or sewer back-ups, even if it's never happened before?

Even if you've never had a problem, you could qualify for up to $3,000 to undertake preventative plumbing such as installing sump pump systems and backwater sanitary valves, and removing illegal sump pump and foundation drain connections from the sanitary sewer.

Apply to the 2016 Preventative Plumbing Program today, so you can implement plumbing measures before the end of the year to help protect your home from flooding and sewage back-ups – and comply with the City of Kingston's Sewer Use Bylaw.

Interested?  Find details and an easy-to-use online application when you visit www.utilitieskingston.com, email preventativeplumbing@utilitieskingston.com or call 613-546-0000.

$755,000 in Financial Assistance has Helped 562 Homeowners

Since 2012, the program has offered:

  • One-on-one consultations and $755,000 in financial assistance to 562 local homeowners.
  • Support to install 319 sanitary backwater valves to restrict the directional flow of water and decrease the risk of sewage backup.
  • Support to install 363 sump pump systems to remove excess water situated around the foundation of a home.
  • The removal of 144 illegal connections to the sanitary sewer to reduce the risk of basement flooding in neighbourhoods.
  • Public education about preventative plumbing – including hands-on workshops and web site resources that have been viewed more than 234,000 times.

Know Your "Flood Facts" To Prevent Basement Flooding

If you have a basement, it's at risk of flooding – even if it's never flooded before. Help protect your basement from the risk of flooding during autumn rains:

  • Keep eavestroughs, downspouts and catch basins clear of leaves to help rain water run safely away from your home.
  • Make sure downspouts are properly connected. In most cases, they should drain over the lawn (in accordance with the City's Sewer Use Bylaw), at least two metres away from your house. This helps reduce basement flooding in your neighbourhood.
  • Pick a rainy day to walk around your property and look for places where water is pooling or even getting into your home.
  • Consider a sump pump system to remove excess water (make sure it drains only onto your lawn or into the storm sewer, in accordance with the City's Sewer Use Bylaw).

Learn 18 Flood Facts to protect your property – and find out how to apply to the Preventative Plumbing Program at www.utilitieskingston.com/floodfacts

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Media contact: For more information contact 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.

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