All property owners in Toronto are required to perform downspout disconnection on their properties. Downspout disconnection was initiated to help reduce the inflow of dirty rainwater into the city’s waterways as well as reduce basement flooding. Apart from protecting people’s homes, downspout disconnection also helps to enhance the quality of water. There are many ways of disconnecting your downspout from directly discharging water to your lawn to replacing eaves troughs and adding new downspouts. The way of downspout disconnection to use depends on the unique nature of your property. Hiring a city-licensed contractor for the downspout disconnection helps to ensure that a good job is done. However, finding the right contractor may not be secure. The following tips will help you choose the best contractor to do the downspout disconnection work on your property.
Start by looking for references from other customers. Since downspout disconnection is mandatory in the city of Toronto, it is likely that your neighbor recently hired a contractor for the same. Go around your neighborhood and ask around for those who have recently had their downspouts disconnected. Ask for the experiences of those who have recently had their downspout disconnected.
Once you find a contractor you would like to hire, enter into a written contract with them. A written contract protects both you and the contractor. The contract should clearly state every work to be done during the downspout disconnection. You should also indicate how the site cleanup will be done after the disconnection is complete. The full price of the project should also be included in the contract.
Additionally, get three or more quotes from various city-licensed contractors. You should avoid paying with anyone who has given the contractor. When hiring a contractor for any project, it is advisable to compare different options between choosing one. You should select a contractor whose prices are at par with the average prices in the market. Be wary of contractors who offer meager prices. These contractors are expected to make up for their low prices with a shoddy job.
Finally, confirm that the contractor has been certified to carry out downspout disconnection services in the city. Ask to see the contractor’s license to ensure you entrust the job to someone who is qualified. A fully accredited contractor will get the job is done safely and by the set guidelines. On the contrary, an unqualified contractor exposes you, your property as well as himself to severe risks if allowed to do the downspout disconnection.