Disconnecting your downspouts from the city’s sewer system is now mandatory across Toronto. Gutter Force is experienced in downspout disconnection. Our crews are reliable and efficient and we complete each project according to City of Toronto bylaw requirements.
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Professional Downspout Disconnection
If your downspout goes directly into a pipe in the ground, it’s probably connected to the city’s drainage system and therefore it must be disconnected. To see if your area is affected by the downspout disconnection bylaw, please see map on the left.
Improper downspout disconnection can result in basement flooding, foundation wall cracking, frost heave, excessive yard pooling and soft ground conditions as well as safety issues related to runoff freezing and other drainage-related problems. Liabilities resulting from discharging site runoff to adjacent municipal or private property may arise.
Downspout disconnection is best left in the hands of a professional. Gutter Force will work to determine the best solution for your property and provide you with a written quote. Our experts will ensure that the work is done neatly, properly and efficiently.
Proper downspout disconnection involves determining of the location of existing downspouts and points of discharge, correctly estimating runoff volumes and flow rates from each downspout and assessing site drainage characteristics. Gutter Force has the skill and knowledge needed to safety disconnect your downspout.
When you contact Gutter Force for downspout disconnection, we disconnect your existing downspout from the sewer system. We then add an extension to your downspout and redirect it away from your home to your lawn or gardens. To prevent basement flooding the downspout must be positioned away from the foundation as well.
TIP: You can save money in the long run if you collect your run-off water in a rain barrel. This will allow you to use the attached hose to water your lawn, wash your car, etc. You will save money and the help the environment by using water wisely. Ask us for more details.
If you need to have your downspouts disconnected from the city’s water system, Gutter Force is the clear choice for getting the job done right. contact us today for a free estimate
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Downspout Disconnect Program
City of Toronto New Bylaw of Downspout Disconnection
If you need your downspouts disconnected from the city’s water system as now required by law, Gutter Force is the clear choice for getting the job done right. If you are unfamiliar with this new law, please read on for details.
The City of Toronto has recently passed a new law which requires all city residences to have their downspouts disconnected from the city’s drainage system. If your downspout goes directly into a pipe in the ground, it’s probably connected to the city’s drainage system, and must be disconnected.
Improperly placed downspouts can cause serious damage to the foundation of a home. It is a job best left to a professional. We will send an inspector to your home to determine the best solution for your property, and provide you with a written quote. Our experts will ensure that the work is done neatly and properly.
TIP: This program can actually save you money in the long run if you have us set you up with a rain barrel. If you collect your run-off water in a rain barrel, you can use the attached hose to water your lawn, wash your car, etc. Save money and the environment by using water wisely. Ask for details.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why is the city doing this?
In short, to protect both the environment and your home. When hundreds of thousands of homes have their downspouts connected to the city’s water system, heavy rains can cause an overload on the system. As a result, backups can cause raw sewage to be pumped into our lakes and rivers. Serious rainstorms have even resulted in sewage backing up to people’s homes. Not pretty. This is a necessary move by the city to keep our beaches clean, and to protect our homes from damage.
How soon do I need to have this done?
If you know you are in the affected area or have been served with a notice from the city we recommend acting quickly to avoid fines from the city by-law officers. Waiting until the last minute could mean missing the deadline, which means huge fines. Save yourself the panic and get it done sooner rather than later