BLOCKED SEWER CONNECTIONS GRANT
Each building, residential, commercial or industrial, has connections to the sewer along the street. A connection consists of two sections. The section from the street sewer to the street/property line is the responsibility of the city. The other section, leading from the street line to the building, is the responsibility of the property owner.
Drain problems are usually a sign of an older sewer system in need of repair or replacement. The sewers leak into the surrounding area and attract the tree roots, with what they need most; water, nutrients and air. Old clay tiles were used at one time, they break down and should be replaced with water-tight PVC piping. Significant trees can have a root system at least 2 or 3 times the drip line.
The City of Toronto’s Works and Emergency Services (WES) Department has a brochure entitled “Blocked Sewer Connections -action steps for blocked sewer connections on your property”. The general phone number is (416) 396-7372 and the website is http://www.toronto.ca/water/sewers/index.htm. Grant assistance is available if the roots of a City-owned tree are blocking the sewer connection pipe between a home’s exterior foundation wall and the property line.