by the Center for NYC Neighborhoods
Prevent costly damage to your home from sewage backups that can pose health risks.See if you’re prequalified
Many homeowners throughout NYC’s flood-prone neighborhoods have incurred costly damage from sewage backing up into their property during storms. Besides ruining personal belongings, the wastewater can also pose a health hazard to residents. Select homeowners in qualifying neighborhoods can now receive a free backwater valve installation through a federally-funded program. By installing a valve, homeowners can protect family, finances and property. Participants in the program also receive an elevation certificate and expert analysis that could help lower flood insurance rates.
Professional audit and elevation certificate
Valued at over $1800
Program provided by
Governor's Office of Storm Recovery
Our team, including engineers and plumbers, will work with you to determine whether your home could benefit from a backwater valve.
Our expert counselors will review your flood insurance policy and discuss potential options to help reduce your flood insurance cost through a review of the elevation certificate and mitigation options.
After we inspect your home and assess its flood risk, we’ll send you a detailed technical report, complete with measurements and information on which retrofits (i.e., raising your mechanical systems) can make you more flood-safe.View example
A credentialed engineering firm will evaluate your home and give you the resiliency report, which outlines what you can do to be flood-safe.
We’ll schedule a time for you to speak with a resiliency counselor, who can walk you through your report and your options.
We’ll upload your report and elevation certificate for you to review, so you can decide which steps to take.
Your report will include all the ways you can fortify your home and we can help connect you to any resources you need to get started.
homeowners in high-risk zones without an elevation certificate are overpaying for flood insurance.
Bensonhurst, Bergen Beach, Brighton Beach, Canarsie, Coney Island, Gravesend, Georgetown, Gerritsen Beach, Howard Beach, Lower Manhattan, Manhattan Beach, Marine Park, Mill Basin, Mill Island, Red Hook, Rockaway East, Seagate, and Sheepshead Bay.
Eligibility Prioritizing Criteria:
whether or not you suffered Sandy damage
whether or not you have an elevation certificate