Water Extraction in Toronto

Toronto’s sewer infrastructure often has trouble coping in heavy storms, or when snow melts quickly during a spring thaw. With increasingly frequent and severe weather events due to climate change, Toronto’s sewer and water infrastructure capacity is often overwhelmed, resulting in foundation damage and basement flooding. Aging sewer infrastructure exacerbates the flooding problem and increases flooding risk.

One of the ways in which the Toronto sewer infrastructure contributes to basement flooding is through a sewer backup. This is when rain water and ground water collection in the Toronto sanitary storm system builds up and, due to the increased pressure, ultimately pushes sewage back through sewage connections such as toilets, sinks, and floor drains. Water can also enter the house through cracks in the foundation, external walls and cable holes, and windows and doors (even if they’re closed).

If your home or building has been flooded, the first task is to locate the source of the water. Once the water source has been found and sealed, the structure must be cleaned and thoroughly dried. The sooner the drying process is started, the higher the chance of successful flood recovery. The first 48 hours after a flood are the most critical. Remember that all of the moisture within the building structure must be removed to avoid the threat of mold and other permanent flood damage.



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