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If you own a home that is located in an area prone to flooding, a backwater valve is a must-have installation. To make sure the basement is flood proof and in an effort to prevent any potential issues with the sewer, it is best if you know where the sanitary water system is in relation to your location. A simple backwater valve installation can keep your home’s foundation intact and dry instead of flooded with raw sewage and water that is knee-deep.
Backwater Valves and The Advantages of Their Use
It does not matter how clean your house is: If you have backed up sewage coming into your lateral pipes it will smell horrific and ruin any kind of comfortable atmosphere you are trying to create. Poor planning when installing sewage pipes, unexpected flooding, and clogs are responsible for causing sewage backup. However, with a backup valve installation you can do away with the issue of sewage backup entirely. The backup valve is available in one of three styles, check, gate or combination, and it is installed on a sewer or drain line to keep the sewer from back flowing into lateral pipes.
When it comes to the valves available, you will find some are more complex than others. Each valve differs in terms of the seals, how they tighten, and the ease of operation. For example, the combination valves are the most complex because they have both automatic or manual operation, while the check valve is super easy to use with its flap working automatically. The gate valves are also complex since you will have to work with them when an issue arises, but the gate valve offers the best seal when compared to the check valve.
When you install a backwater valve, make a careful note of all of the following:
- There are combination valves that integrate the features of gate and check valves in a single unit.
- You can discuss the pros and cons of backwater installation with professional plumbers or contractors. Finding licensed professionals such as Dr. Pipe Drain and Plumbing Services can help the entire situation.
- Before an installation can occur, you will need to research the ordinances and codes in your area. To that end, only call on professionals that that are licensed since they will make sure any installation complies with all ordinances and codes.
- Whatever pipes you have that are positioned below the suspected flood level should have a backup valve. The valve can be installed on sewer connections, septic connections, fuel oil lines, sump pumps, drain lines, washing machine, downspouts, and laundry sinks.
If you are wondering if you can benefit from backwater valves, it is time for you to contact a pro for some advice. You will definitely want some valves installed in some key locations so you can easily prevent flooding in the future. Remember, just because something is damaged from a sewage backup, there is no legal recourse if you incur damages from a backup of sewage waste into your home.