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Backwater Valves: What are they and How Do They Work?

A backwater valve is a device installed on a sewer line or drain line in the basement of a home to prevent sewer backflow. Only one backwater valve is needed for your whole home. Essentially, it’s a one-way flap that is used to prevent water flowing back into the home. The valve is located at the same point as the clean out used for the sewer or drain line.

Homes that are in low lying or flood-prone areas may benefit greatly from a backwater valve. This is a great way to prevent sewer drain issues or basement flooding.

The Advantages

A flood that results in a backflow of water can easily submerge a basement that is not protected. If you have a backwater valve installed, you will not have a worry about a sewer backup. Cleaning up an area that is flooded with sewage is a hazardous task and needs to be carried out by an expert. The cost of professional sewage cleanup is generally higher than having a backwater valve installed.

With new subsidies available from the city, more and more residents of the Toronto area are considering installing a backflow valve. In order to get the job done right, trust the experienced technicians at Priority Plumbing. Give us a call at: 647-427-8624.