Learn how you can protect your property from water damage and help improve water quality and the drainage on your property.
By adding stormwater management measures, such as green infrastructure, you can capture stormwater to water your lawns and gardens.
Green infrastructure is an environmentally-friendly approach to managing rainwater.
There are many different ways you can incorporate green infrastructure on your property. For measures that require digging, contact Ontario One-Call before excavation to locate underground services.
Here are some additional ways you can collect stormwater.
During heavy storms, water can build up around your basement foundation if the rain flowing from your roof through the downspouts is not properly managed.
Ensuring water flows safely away from your home’s foundation and neighbouring properties can help reduce the risk of basement water infiltration.
Be sure that changing the flow of water on your property when renovating or undertaking project doesn’t adversely impact neighbouring properties. Water from rain and melted snow should be directed within your own property to prevent flooding of neighbouring lands, including City property.
Here are some of the things you can do to improve the drainage, reduce the risk of flooding and enhance your landscaping.
A downspout is the vertical pipe that carries rainwater down from your eavestrough to the ground. Your home may have several of these pipes directing water from your roof.
Disconnecting and extending downspouts can:
How to disconnect and extend your roof downspout:
Follow our step-by-step guide for more information on how to disconnect your roof downspout by yourself. For more complex disconnections, you can contact a licensed contractor.
Stormwater drains to the natural environment. Preventing pollution from contaminating stormwater protects plants, animals downstream and our drinking water supply from Lake Ontario is important.
Here are some ways you can help prevent contaminated water from entering the City’s stormwater system.