Basement Remodel & Protective Plumbing Program
Did you know the City of Hamilton has a Protective Plumbing Program that reimburses you, the homeowner up to $2,000 for the installation of backwater valves? That’s right, $2,000 from the city! This is a huge puzzle piece when working on a basement remodel.

What is a backwater valve?
A backwater valve is a device that prevents sewage in an overloaded main sewer line from backing up into your basement. The valve automatically closes if sewage backs up from the main sewer. It’s installed just inside the foundation wall, approximately 3 feet deep.

Now is the time.
Your budget will determine the size of your basement remodel and considering your basement will not be fully functional why not take advantage of this program now. It will increase the value of your home and you can plan your basement remodel around the area of the backwater valve. Most of all you’ll have piece of mind that your basement is protected from discussing sewer backwater.

What to know and How to apply.
All backwater valves must be approved by the Ontario Building Code.
“Property owners are required to have the City’s Assessment Form completed by a licensed plumber and/or sewer drain contractor who is licensed to work in the City of Hamilton before undertaking any of these works. This is to ensure property owners are informed about what needs to be done, what risks could be involved and ultimately achieve the protection property owners seek.”
City of Hamilton – Public Works)

You can download the Information Guide (PDF) here.
You can download the Assessment Form (PDF) here.
More detailed info can be found on the City Of Hamilton’s official website.

If you’re planning a basement remodel and don’t live in Hamilton make sure to check if the city you live in has the same or similar program.