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Heavy rainstorms can overwhelm sewer systems with water. If this happens, the sewer systems could get backed up and flood your basement. The good news is that you can protect your home from flooding with a backwater valve installation. When you call Dr.Pipe Drain and Plumbing Services, we’ll figure out the problem, determine the best place to install the device, and then put it in properly the first time around so that your worries are behind you.

What is a Backwater Valve?

Also called a sewer backup valve, a backwater valve is a piece of equipment that can be installed on your sewer line. Its purpose is to ensure that water or sewer can only flow away from, rather than toward, your residence.

How Does it Work?

If heavy rainfall or melting snow overwhelms your main sewer line and causes a backup, the water will flow towards your home. A backwater valve, however, is equipped with a flap that will rise up and close shut whenever water or wastewater flows towards your home. This will ensure that your basement does not get flooded. Once the water or sewage is no longer flowing towards your residence, the flap will lower into the open position once again.

What Can Go Wrong with the Backwater Valve?

If there’s an obstruction in the backwater valve, the flap that is supposed to rise and close shut if water or sewage flows towards your home won’t be able to do so. It’s also important to know that the backwater valve location is important. Dr. Pipe, for instance, will ensure your backwater valve is installed in the right place so that you get the right protection for your home. The last thing you want, after all, is for water or sewage to enter your basement courtesy of a floor drain.

What to do When Something Goes Wrong

If something goes wrong, visually inspect the backwater valve through the cleanout receptacle on top. It’s usually easy to access. You should be able to see if there are any obstructions adversely impacting the backwater valve. Whether you see obstructions or not, follow up by giving us a call at Dr.Pipe. We’ll find the obstruction, clear it out for you, and ensure that the water is flowing as it should.

How to Maintain the Valve

Backwater valve failure is unlikely if you book annual service calls so that Dr.Pipe can perform routine sewer backflow valve maintenance. We’ll check the valve to see if there’s anything that needs to be removed. Using the latest technology, we’ll find any issues before they become bigger and more costly problems. If you don’t regularly get backwater valve maintenance, you might not notice if something gets stuck in your valve. That’s why we at Dr.Pipe believe that preventive maintenance is the best kind of maintenance. It will give you peace of mind.

What to do When it’s Time to Install a New Valve

When it’s time for sewer backflow valve installation, give us a call at Dr.Pipe. We’re a licensed plumbing company with years of experience performing these types of installations. You should also keep in mind that the backwater valve installation cost will be minimal compared to the cost to fix the damage if your basement gets flooded with water or wastewater.

What About the Protective Plumbing Rebate Program?

If you’re an Ottawa homeowner, you can take advantage of the City of Ottawa’s Protective Plumbing Rebate program. It offers rebates to homeowners who buy and install a backwater valve and a sump pump. In order to qualify for the rebate program, your home must have been constructed by no later than 2004, must be served by the city’s sewers, and must not have any backwater valve or sump pump currently installed. An indoor sanitary backwater valve qualifies for a rebate of $700, an indoor storm backwater valve qualifies for a rebate of $500, an indoor sanitary and storm backwater valve qualifies for a rebate of $1,000, an outdoor storm backwater valve qualifies for a rebate of $1,750, and a sump pump with battery backup power qualifies for a rebate of $1,250.

Whether you want to know about backwater valve installation, want a quote for backwater valve installation, or have sewer backflow valve problems, get in touch with us at DrPipe. We offer 24/7 emergency services, upfront pricing with no hidden costs, and five-star customer service. Please call us at 613-791-5777 and let us know how we can help.

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