Flood Protection Services in Windsor

On May 3rd, 2011 the Windsor City Council approved a Basement Flooding Protection Subsidy Program (BFP) that provides homeowners with a financial subsidy to be used to install Windsor flood protection devices such as a sump pump and/or back-water valve.

To have complete flood protection in Windsor, it is essential for individuals to take action. Under the BFP, Northstar Plumbing Windsor can help you take this action to prevent water damage in your basement. You need a licensed plumber for many of the changes that the BFP covers, so call us to help you install flood protection in Windsor. Whether you plan to install backwater valves or have your sump pump discharge to an outside surface, Northstar Plumbing Windsor is available to help you install your flood protection to your Windsor home.

Sump Pumps

Positioned in the lowest part of your home’s basement or crawlspace, and usually contained within a constructed sump pit, sump pumps are designed to automatically eliminate instances of groundwater from infiltrating your home’s interior. Most pumps today employ an impeller system and use centrifugal force to direct water through pipes away from your home. Professional installation and regular maintenance are required to ensure proper peace of mind, and our team can certainly help with that.

Backwater Valves

A backwater valve is a backflow prevention device designed to protect your home when sewer lines back up. You can only imagine the potential mess found in bathtubs, toilets, and sinks within homes lacking this preventative measure. Northstar Plumbing also installs backflow preventers that will protect your potable water supply when pipes burst, freeze or nearby fire hydrants are opened for use.

What to Do in the Event of a Flood?

As a property owner, no one wants to think about the prospect of dealing with damage as the result of a flood. Unfortunately, we are all susceptible to flooding through no fault of our own. If your home’s interior has been soaked, prompt attention and care need to be taken to ensure your health and safety. We recommend the following tips should that worst-case scenario occur. 

  • Shut off the power to any rooms affected. If in doubt, call an electrician for advice.
  • Wear boots, gloves and a protective mask whenever entering a flooded space. Slipping hazards abound. 
  • Determine the source of the leak. In the event of a burst pipe, shut off the water. Still not sure? Give us a call!
  • Ensure any floor drains remain unclogged. Open all windows. 
  • Remove water using a wet/dry vacuum, a mop and bucket, a pool pump, sponges, etc. Call in professional help if the water is deep.
  • Transfer all wet items to a well-ventilated area to dry out for at least 48 hours. 
  • Discard all wet cardboard or anything that remains damp after 2 days to help reduce instances of mold and mildew.
  • Allow electrical items to dry in place.
  • Contact a restoration company for advice on dealing with the affected carpeting, flooring, drywall and insulation.
  • Get in touch with your insurance provider.

Call us today with questions about the BFP or consult this site for more information about the program.

The City of Windsor’s Basement Flooding Protection Program

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