If you’ve lived in Mississauga or Etobicoke for any length of time you’ve probably seen your fair share of what we like to call wet periods and storms (including the huge one we experienced in July of 2013) and you’re probably aware of just how vulnerable your home’s basement is during these periods. Public sewer systems can easily get overloaded as they are not designed to handle such large amounts of water over such a short period and this can cause the excess water to back up and rise through residential sewer lines, right into your basement. If your basement isn’t fitted with a backwater valve installation that is!
What is a Backwater Valve Installation?
While backwater valves can vary considerably in terms of how they function, how complex they are and how tight they are, they all have the same common goal: To prevent sewage from backing up and entering your basement area when the main sewer becomes overloaded.
Previously, before the backwater valve was developed, the standard way the property was protected from the possibility of sewage backing up was to have check valves installed on all of the sewer branches that were dotted around the building (so for the kitchen drain, the bathroom drain etc). But this wasn’t an ideal solution, since these valves were often sited behind walls, under floors or in other hard to reach locations, making routine maintenance very difficult. In fact, you probably wouldn’t even know that there was something wrong with one of these check valves until you noticed flooding inside your home.
The backwater valve is much more efficient as it only needs to be installed in a single location; on your main sewer line. Under normal circumstances you won’t even notice that the valve has been installed, but if sewage backs up, the valve shuts and seals the line, thus preventing flooding (which could potentially cost thousands to resolve).
The Benefits of a Backwater Valve Installation
In case this is not already clear, we’re going to quickly run through the main benefits of a backwater valve installation, which are as follows:
- Automatic Flood Protection – If sewage is allowed to back up and come into your basement, there’s no telling how much damage could be caused. The foundations of your entire property may even be put at risk. A backflow valve installation offers you instant peace of mind as you know that should a storm occur (and they can come in very, very fast), your home is protected and you don’t even need to lift a finger.
- Single Site Location – Having a backwater valve installed isn’t a major job (that’s not to say that you should attempt it yourself though!); it only has to be installed in a single location. This brings down the installation cost and also makes it much easier to maintain.
If your property is currently unprotected and you’re interested in a backwater valve installation, get in touch with Pom Plumbing Inc. today on 647-339-3121. We also offer drain repair, new construction plumbing and plumbing retrofit services.