Basement Flooding Awareness
If you have a home with a basement, flooding is an inherent risk, simply due to the nature of what it is – a space built into the ground. Not only is your basement at risk of potential flooding from surface water, storm water, and groundwater, but it is also at risk of a sewage backup. While the risk from day to day is quite low, the chance does exist, particularly during a severe rain event, and the best way to reduce that risk is to understand the causes of basement flooding, and know how to best protect your investment.
This Utilities Kingston webpage is your headquarters for basement flooding awareness and is filled with useful information and links to other great resources on the topic. Please take a look through the material.
If you are currently experiencing a basement flood or sewer backup…
First and foremost, be safe!
- Visit our What to do if Your Basement Floods page for a list of suggestions.
Report your basement backup.
- Call your insurance company.
- Report your backup to Utilities Kingston on-line by using our on-line flood reporting form, or by calling 613-546-0000.
Basement Flooding Overview
- What are the causes of basement flooding?
- How do I best protect my home from flooding?
- What are the City and Utilities Kingston doing to help?
- Is there any financial assistance available?
Learn More About Basement Flooding
- Sewers - How does sewer servicing work in the City of Kingston?
- Downspouts – Where are they supposed to go?
- Sumps and Sump Pumps – What do they do and is a sump and pump system for me?
- Backflow Prevention – How does a backwater sanitary valve work?
- Extraneous Flows – All this talk about extraneous flows, but what is it?
- Toilets and Drains - What’s flushable and what’s not?
- Glossary of terms, and additional resources
Prevent a soggy disaster. Keep your basement dry with tips from our video.
Visit our Flood Facts and Tips page to discover useful facts and tips about how to reduce the risk of basement flooding in your neighbourhood.
Why should I take Utilities Kingston’s word for it?
Well, you don’t need to. Basement flooding issues are universal and generally the approaches to dealing with the problem are too. For more information, check out any of these other excellent resources:
- Handbook for Reducing Basement Flooding – (© Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction, 2009)
- Avoiding Basement Flooding – (© Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation 1996 – 2012)
- City of Toronto – Basement Flooding – (© City of Toronto 1998-2011)
- City of Toronto – Basement Flooding – General Information – (© City of Toronto 1998-2011)
- City of Edmonton – The Homeowner’s Guide to Flood Prevention – (© City of Edmonton 2008)
- How to Reduce the Risk of Basement Flooding – a YouTube Video from the Insurance Bureau of Canada
- Site Grading and Drainage to Achieve High-Performance Basements – (National Research Council Canada, 2008)
- Downspout Disconnection – (© CMHC-SCHL 1996 – 2012)