Mandatory Downspout Disconnection Program
IMPORTANT NEW BYLAW FOR ALL TORONTO HOMEOWNERS!
Disconnecting from the city's sewer system is now mandatory for all homes across the GTA. Are you in compliance?
Don Mills Roofing Downspout Disconnection
The Don Mills downspout disconnection service includes:
- DISCONNECTION OF DOWNSPOUT FROM SEWER
- CAPPING THE SEWER PIPE
- REPLACING AND RE-SLOPING EAVESTROUGHS TO NEW DOWNSPOUT LOCATIONS
Tips for Disconnecting
(Reprinted from the City of Toronto Website)
GET READY TO DISCONNECT YOUR DOWNSPOUTS
Disconnecting your home's or building's downspouts is mandatory across the City of Toronto. This is an important step in reducing the risk of basement flooding and releasing polluted rainwater into our local waterways.
By taking action to comply with the Sewers Bylaw (Chapter 681 of the Toronto Municipal Code), you are taking steps to protect people's homes and help improve water quality. Before disconnecting, there are many options to consider, from a simple disconnection that discharges water directly onto your lawn to a more complex situation requiring eavestroughs to be replaced and new downspouts added. Take a look around your neighbourhood to see what others have done. Each property is different, and downspout disconnection is not always possible.
Disconnecting your home's or building's downspouts is mandatory across the City of Toronto.
CONSIDERATIONS BEFORE DISCONNECTING
It’s important that the work is done safely, properly and in accordance with the Property Standards Bylaw (see §629-20. Roofs and roof structures). When redirecting rainwater from a disconnected downspout, make sure it will soak into the ground or run off safely. Before starting, consider these important guidelines:
UNABLE TO DISCONNECT?
The safe disconnection of downspouts may not always be possible. If you’ve considered all your options and find that one or more of your downspouts cannot be disconnected without creating a hazardous condition or that disconnection is not feasible (e.g. downspout is located on the inside of the building), you can apply to the City for an exemption.
TIPS FOR HIRING A CONTRACTOR
Rather than doing it yourself, you may prefer to seek the professional advice and services of a City-licensed contractor to perform the disconnection work. If you choose to hire a contractor, be consumer-wise. Here are some steps to ensure the job gets done right: