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Do you get water in your basement? Do you find yourself cleaning your lateral out every year? We can help!
The Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage Districts’ (MMSD) Pipe Check program provides financial incentives to help homeowners cover a portion of the costs to eliminate clear water from entering the sanitary lateral, therefore decreasing the risk of a basement backup.
Water in your basement can be caused by rain or groundwater, also known as clear water, overwhelming your sanitary lateral pipe causing sewage and water to back up in your basement. Sources of clear water include connected downspouts and foundation drains, and defects in your sanitary lateral such as roots. All of these sources increase the likelihood of basement backups.
Improvements in your home’s sewer pipes, which connect to the greater sewer system, will help MMSD reduce the risk of basement backups for you, your neighbors, and prevent overflows into Lake Michigan.
The first step in participating in the Pipe Check program is calling an Approved Contractor.
Are you a contractor looking for information on the Pipe Check program? If so, please visit our contractor page.
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Pipe Check Program Flyer
To learn more about the sources of clear water and the risk they cause to your home’s sewer pipes, check out this video courtesy of Victoria Capitol Region District (CRD).
Participants must meet the following requirements to participate in the Pipe Check program:
Completed by an Approved Contractor, a Clear Water Evaluation identifies sources of rain or groundwater entering the sanitary sewer system from private property. The maximum ﬁnancial incentive available to the homeowner is based on the ﬁndings of the Clear Water Evaluation.
During the Clear Water Evaluation, the contractor identifies the discharge locations of existing foundation drains, sump pumps, and rain gutter downspouts. If any of these items discharge into the sanitary sewer, they will need to be disconnected and rerouted to a building code-approved location in order to qualify for the financial incentives.
Questions? Please email our team at PipeCheckInfo@mmsd.com or call us at (414) 225-2250
An Approved Contractor is selected by MMSD through an assessment of their technical skills, experience, and customer service which qualify them to participate in the program. An Approved Contractor needs to be used by the homeowner to receive the financial incentives. When calling make sure to mention the Pipe Check program.
Gene Wagner Plumbing Co., Inc.
2017 S. 60th Street Milwaukee, WI 53219
Mid City Corporation
12930 W. Custer Ave. Butler, WI 53007
Milwaukee Plumbing & Piping, Inc.
11800 West Greenfield Avenue West Allis, WI 53214
MJ Construction Inc.
6000 N 91st St, Milwaukee, WI 53225
2524 76th Street Franksville, WI 53126
The financial incentives provide homeowners a reduction in cost to complete critical private property infrastructure repairs, but will not cover the full cost of the work that will be completed. The total cost of the work is dependent on the existing conditions within the home, the length of your lateral, and the chosen repair method implemented. Your chosen approved contractor will provide you an estimate for the cost of the work required to be completed under the program prior to signing a contract with the approved contractor. All costs above the value of the provided financial incentive will be the responsibility of the homeowner.
The Pipe Check approved contractor will complete all documentation required by the program and all financial incentives shall be paid directly to your chosen contractor. The financial incentives will be deducted from your total due to the contractor at the completion of the work.
There are several local programs for low-income homeowners
that offer partially forgivable and/or zero interest loans to address essential
home repairs and code violations. MMSD is not affiliated with these loan
programs and does not guarantee loan approval. Please visit the website
associated with each loan assistance program to see if you are eligible to
participate and learn how to apply. Participation in these programs does not
exclude you from receiving financial incentives through the Pipe Check program.
Milwaukee County Home Repair Program: Pipe check cannot currently be paired with this home repair loan program. The Housing Division offers no interest loans to income qualified homeowners in the suburban communities of Milwaukee County, excluding the Cities of Milwaukee and West Allis. The loans can cover a wide range of repairs required to maintain a home and can also be used for emergency repairs relating to health and safety and municipal citations. Learn more.
City of Milwaukee - Strong Homes Loan Program: The STRONG Homes Loan Program offers loans of up to $20,000 to owner-occupants of 1-4 family properties throughout the City of Milwaukee on a first-come, first-served basis. Technical assistance will be provided to homeowners under the program to assist with rehabilitation projects. Learn more.
City of Milwaukee - Compliance Loan Program: The Compliance Loan Program (CLP) assists homeowners throughout the City of Milwaukee in making repairs necessary to fix code violations on their property. CLP does this by providing 0% interest, deferred payment loans. This means homeowners pay no interest and only pay back the loan when selling or transferring the property. Learn more.
City of West Allis - Housing Rehabilitation Assistance Programs: Pipe check cannot currently be paired with this home repair loan program. Owner-occupied single-family dwellings and duplexes located in West Allis, that meet income limits, are eligible for reduced rate loans of up to $40,000 to assist with housing rehabilitation. Learn more.
MMSD is a public agency and must report benefits to individual property owners in excess of $600. Therefore, MMSD is required to collect W-9s from all homeowners who participate in the Pipe Check program. MMSD will send the property owner a 1099 at the end of the year. It is the property owner's responsibility to review any implications of participation in the Pipe Check program with a professional tax consultant.
Thank you for helping protect our waterways!