A backwater valve is a small device that can be installed in the basement of homes on the main sewer line. When the main line backs up due to excess rainwater and other flooding, this valve will automatically close, preventing sewage from backing up into your basement.
The valve shuts off access from your home to the main sewer line, preventing water, waste, and other debris from entering your home sewage system from the main line. By preventing sewage from backing up through your pipes, you can protect your home from sewage backup and flooding.
While the valve is closed, sewage water cannot enter your home from the main sewer line. However, wastewater from your home cannot drain into the main sewer line either, so you must be careful with how much water and wastewater you flush down the drain.
Heavy rainstorms can cause severe flooding, which can overflow the sewage system. If your home is connected to the main line, your basement could be flooded with wastewater from the sewer. A backwater valve can protect your home from this damage. In areas of the GTA where flooding happens multiple times each year, a backwater valve is a necessary investment.
Installing a backwater valve offers the peace of mind that comes from knowing you won’t have to worry about sewage backup in your home. Although it may seem like a costly expense, it is an investment in your home that can save you from extensive damage in the future.
Backwater valves are equipped with automatic shut-offs that are triggered when the water level gets too high. As soon as it is triggered, you can have the confidence that no sewage water will enter your home from the main line.
The installation process for a backwater valve is quite simple, and it should only require one appointment from one of our plumbing experts. Here is a breakdown of what to expect:
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