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Backwater Valve For Home Flood Prevention

If you want to keep your home safe from potential flooding and the water damage that comes with it, the install of a backwater valve is  in order. The valve will help keep sewage and water that drains to the home’s exterior from getting “backwashed” into the home and flooding it. Basically, a backwater value is like a one-way street sign forcing drivers to go in one direction. The backwater valve ensures the single direction of water flow and disallows its return in the opposing direction.

In the event a city sewage drain system clogs, it can take a while before all the homeowners connected to the said system realize that there is an issue. In the meantime, they will continue to make use of sinks, toilets, and showers. This can lead to the clogged pipe forcing the water to back up and start returning into the homes where it is coming from in the first place.  The clog and the backflow of water is non-discriminatory too, and can backflow into homes where water is not being used or is under controlled usage. If the homeowner has not installed a backwater valve, then the water can easily back up into the basement area of the home and even flood it.

Backwater Valve – Will it Work for You?

If you are a homeowner, a valve will work for you. It does not matter if your home is on low or higher ground levels. It is possible to have a backup of the sewage system even if your home is on a hilltop: this is because it is a clog causing the flooding, not groundwater. To protect the home from sewer surges a backwater valve is a must. Contact a professional today to find out more about installation, and what a backwater valve can do for you.

Frequently Asked Questions about Backwater Valves 

1.Are there valve limitations?

If you have blockages outside of your home then you can expect the valve to keep your home free from backup water. However, if the clog is inside the home, a backwater valve will do nothing to prevent issues with backup or flooding. If you are adding waste to the pipelines, again, the backwater valve will be unsuitable for home protection. For example, if the backwater valve is floated because of existing sewage levels outside of the house, the waste that ends up being flushed into the house will create an undesired backup in the waste pipes of the home.

2.If I install a backwater value on the main sewage line, will doing so stop backups in the event there is a lot o heavy rain?

It is likely that the valve will help with backup regulation when dealing with heavy rains provided the house was erected before the 1960s. In such homes the storm drain lines one will often find the storm drain lines still connected to the sewer lines. As long as your home is in these areas then you will find a backwater valve a feasible option for home protection. In contrast, the newer homes are often in neighborhoods that have sewage and storm lines that are separate, not tied in together, so it might be necessary to install a backwater valve on, not just the sewage line,  but the storm line too.

3.When is the best time for an installation?

The most ideal time for a backwater valve installation is before you renovate or finish off your home’s basement. The reason the install should occur before you finish your basement is that in install the value a two to three inch long trench is needed. The home’s construction and pipe layout will determine the actual size of the trench you need.

If you want a professional backwater valve installation in Ottawa, just know that the courteous professionals at Dr. Pipe Drain and Plumbing Services will be more than happy to help you with your situation.

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

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