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Backwater Valve Install: Is It Possible to DIY?

How frightening would it be if you woke up one day to find a nasty, smelly, gross, sludge-like material invading your home through your drains, tub, and seeping all over the floors and lower trim along the walls?  Imagine the nasty odor permeating every spot in your home making it almost unbearable to breathe.  Imagine your property getting destroyed because this toxic material gets all over it.  Now, know the problem is real and it can happen to you. It will be more likely to happen if you fail to get a backwater valve install.

With a simple and affordable backwater valve install, you can protect your home environment.  If you don’t get the installation completed, you run the risk of destroying your basement area, living areas, things you have stored away, and priceless, emotionally valuable items can be destroyed in seconds, all because one small valve was not installed between the main sewer and the sewer lines.  If you live in a flood zone region you should be prepared in the event of flooding – having a backwater valve install is just part and parcel of that disaster readiness.  If you fail to have the valve put in place, you are just asking for trouble the minute a flood happens and sewage lines find a need to depressurize.

Backwater Valve Install All on Your Own?

It may seem like a simple endeavor to install a unit when you find out what a backwater valve is, and of course, a precursory glance at the simple operation of a valve might make someone think just that – this is a simple do it yourself project.  A lot of homeowners make the attempt to do a backwater valve install only to discover that they didn’t quite know all they needed to make truly informed decisions about the entire installation process and how it needs to be performed.

First, it’s important to understand that although the job sounds easy it’s one that takes considerable know-how and skill. You’ll need a pro to come into the home and to break through the concrete flooring.  The professional you end up contacting should be trained in dealing with a job like this.  Then, the professional is needed so that he can set up the location for the system valve.  It is imperative that the proper location is selected for the installation because if the valve is put in the wrong place it can end up allowing water to leave the premise only to return in another drain, like the one leading to the washing machine or toilet.

A professional plumber must be called in to set the right location for the valve and install it. If installed in the wrong place, it might prevent sewage from entering the home through that floor drain, but it might reroute it into another drain-source in the home, like a toilet or even a washing machine.

If you are unsure that you are able to take care of the job yourself, we highly recommend that you call the professionals at Dr. Pipe Drain and Plumbing to make sure that the installation is done correctly.

Give us a call today: 613-791-5777  for a free upfront estimate!

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