Sewer Backup Backwater Valve Installation in Toronto & GTA

Backwater Valve Installation

Sewage backup and wastewater flooding are no minor inconveniences. With the risk of these occurring during flood season, it’s time to take proactive measures to prevent them and protect your property. No one wants to come home to waste items pooling in the kitchen or even drifting to the living room, and worse, falling ill as a result of infectious bacteria.

What is a Backwater Valve

A backwater valve is a quick and simple fix that keeps sewers clear and free of backups. This small device can be installed in the main sewer line — usually in the basement of houses — which will then automatically close when it detects that the sewer is backed up with excess rainwater and flooding. This mechanism prevents sewage waste from backing up into your home.

How Backwater Valves Work

This simple but powerful piece of engineering shuts off access to the main sewer line to prevent water, waste, and other debris from backing up into the sewage system. A backwater valve keeps pipes clear and functioning correctly. This is especially helpful during flood season.

When the valve is shut off, sewage water is effectively kept out of your home as it cannot enter the main sewer line. As well, wastewater draining into the main sewer line is temporarily disabled to prevent it from filling up. During this period, remember to be careful with the amount of water flushed down the drain.

Install a Backwater Valve in Your Home

Any number of disasters can happen at home, and as a result, it pays to be a smart homeowner. This means maintaining your property by taking safety and sanitary precautions to limit potential damage from broken plumbing, such as sewage backup and wastewater flooding.

Our certified plumbing professionals at Drain King Plumbers are happy to help you keep your plumbing system properly functioning while protecting your home in the process. A professionally installed and maintained backwater valve prevents the nightmare caused by sewage backups and flooding, ensuring that waste items are kept out of your home’s plumbing system.

Why You Need a Backwater Valve

  • Prevent flooding: there’s no stopping rainstorms, but there’s a way to prevent their harmful effects on sewer lines, such as overflowing. Without a backwater valve, wastewater can easily back up into your home’s plumbing system, causing indoor floods.
  • Save on emergency plumbing costs: a backwater valve prevents sewage backup, making it a smart, manageable investment. It’s more affordable and sustainable than emergency plumbing bills and the higher cost of clearing the waste and decontaminating your home, as well as repairing or replacing damaged furniture and appliances.
  • Automatic shutoff: a backwater valve eliminates the need for manual sewer controls. It provides the utmost peace of mind since it automatically detects rising water levels and shuts off the mainline to prevent backup and flooding.

Backwater Valve Installation and Maintenance

Backwater valves are easy to install and maintain. The entire process only takes one appointment to complete, starting from drilling a hole in the basement floor to replacing the sewer line, and installing and setting the valve for use.

Scheduled regular maintenance ensures that your backwater valve is fully functional. This can be achieved through routine inspection, cleaning, and unclogging. With a regularly maintained backwater valve, you can keep sewer lines free of waste buildup — and your home free of damaging backup and flooding, no matter the time of year.

For more information about backwater valves, call Drain King Plumbers at 833-983-5301 or contact us here.

Backwater Valve: Frequently Asked Questions

How do you clean a backwater valve?

To clean your backwater valve simply inspect it for any buildup of debris. Clear the debris using a rag and some water!

What Causes the Failure of Backwater Valves?

Backwater valves should be inspected and maintained atleast once a year. Most common cause of failure is lack of maintenance

Do I Need A Backwater Valve?

Although not required by code for existing buildings, it is reccomended to install a backwater valve to help prevent backup of sewage into your home or business.

Why is water coming out of my Backwater Valve?

Water may be coming out of your backwater valve if it is not properly sealed, and if it is helping prevent an active sewage backup

How much does it cost to install a backwater valve?

Backwater Valve installations on average will range from $2000-$4000 depending on the installation location, and depth.

When do I need to install backwater valves?

If you do not currently have a Backwater Valve installed, it is highly reccomended to install one as to prevent flooding from sewage backup