Basement flooding can occur at any time. It can happen to anyone who has a basement, even if it has never flooded before. While most flooding occurs during big rains or rapid snow melts, it can happen even during dry weather.
Everyone in the community plays a role in helping to prevent basement flooding. If we all take preventative measures, we can make a significant impact in reducing flooding throughout the City.
Did you know sump pumps and foundation drains (weeping tiles) must not be connected into the sanitary sewer? These types of connections overwhelm infrastructure, put your neighbourhood at risk of basement flooding and are in violation of the City of Kingston Sewer Use By-law.
The sewer later should be regularly maintained. Talk to a licensed plumber, who can carry out an assessment.
(The sewer lateral is the pipe that connects your homes’ internal plumbing to the sewer main in the street. It is a vital component of the system, and if it is blocked, or fails, your home will experience a sewage backup.)
Never dispose of fats, oils, or greases down the drain or toilet.
DO place grease and food scraps into your Green Bin.You can absorb cooking fats, oils and greases using newspaper or paper towel, before placing it in your Green Bin. You can also use a cup made of 100 per cent paper, but we aware this could leak. Let all material solidify before you place it in your Green Bin.
Replace the tin can shown at left with a paper cup. Tin cans cannot go in the Green Bin.
When it’s raining heavily the sewers may fill up. Using a lot of water during heavy rains (for example, taking a shower or doing laundry) can contribute to basement flooding and overflows to your environment. Consider using less water in extreme weather situations.
The chance of a basement flood increases when more groundwater sits around your foundation. Keeping the ground surface sloped away from your home is one way to reduce the water around the foundation. Consider redoing the landscaping around your house as it may settle over time.
One common way for water to get into your basement is through cracks that may form as your home ages and settles. Maintain your foundation by sealing any cracks that may have formed and consider waterproofing the exterior walls.