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Installing a Backwater Valve

It is a truly dreadful occasion when a sewage line breaks and releases the foul odor of sewage throughout your home. There is nothing that compares to the overwhelmingly powerful, odorous sewage that seeps the sewage line due to a backup of sewage matter. It is certainly not a smell you will be willing to live with, nor is it a smell you would be happy to introduce your neighbors, friends, and family to when they come over for a visit.

Thankfully, at some point, if you install a backwater valve indoors you can remedy this issue and actually prevent it from happening at all. The piece of equipment serves to stop any backwashing of sewage or water into your home in the event there is a backup in the sewer. Consider the installation of the valve an extra level of insurance: You are protecting your property, home, and of course, your sanity and wallet.

There are some wonderful benefits associated with the installation of the valve. This is particularly true if your home has some limitations in regard to access to the plumbing/sewage system that is likely buried deep beneath the city streets or road where you live. The backwater valve is an incredible asset to have when looking to keep your home protected if you are connected to the public sewage system – if a backup occurs, you will be protecting your home or building’s interior. the valve keeps overflowing sewage from coming into your drains and fixtures. Not every building or home has a backwater valve, however, there are cities that have included the installation of such a valve as part of the building code that one must adhere to as well.

With a backwater valve installed correctly, it will allow for sewage to be stopped before it gets inside a building or house while still allowing waste to flow out of the home freely without interruption. If sewage begins a backward flow through the system once more, then the valve begins working be keeping it from flowing backward. The valve closes and creates a blockage that has to be cleared before the system can once again be used as usual.

Three Valve Designs 

  • Check Valve: In terms of cost, this is the least expensive option. This type of valve is fitted with a flap that will automatically block off material coming from the sewer as the matter tries to get into the structure via backflow. Being the least expensive option they also have a high failure rate. At minimum, they call for too much maintenance.
  • Gate Valve: Type of valve is more costly, but you will find it more reliable. With this type of valve it will require manual action; you will have to open / close the lines following the blockage.
  • Combination Backwater Valve: You get the best of both worlds, and because of it this it is the most costly of all three options. The most dependable valve you can buy, the combination valve has a gate and an air-filled chamber. The sewer line will be automatically shut off if the gate senses a backup. Once the blockage is cleared; the valve opens again automatically and it also triggers an alarm so that a person can become aware valve’s status, like whether it is open or closed.

If you do not have a backwater valve, it is time to get one before you have a problem with your sewer for real. A simple installation can help you avoid potential health issues, stress, damage to your property, and irreparable harm to your bank account. There are experienced plumbers in Toronto such as the professionals at Dr. Pipe Drain and Plumbing Services that can help you get the valve installed quickly and cost effectively.

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

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