If you find water is backing up into your home through your main drain, and your basement is flooding, you are likely a great candidate for the installation of a backwater valve. When there is water inside your basement, you will undoubtedly experience costly problems like water damage to your furniture and possessions. In some cases a basement flood can result in tens of thousands of dollars in damages. The best way to stop a flood in your basement caused by overflowing storm drains is through the installation of a backwater valve.
In some areas a backwater valve is simply a standard device that is installed in all homes. In fact the device is so effective there are some municipalities that are providing subsidies to give property owners incentive to have it installed. Toronto is one such area, they have a basement flooding grant system in place where hownowners can receive a few thousand dollars back after they have the work completed by a competente plumber. So there is no reason to avoid having this work carried out these days, and since a backwater valve will stop your basement from flooding why wait?
The way that a backwater valve works is pretty simple. When water from the municipal sewer system drains back towards your home the valve is pushed closed by the flowing water. This is because the valve only allows water to flow out of the home due to the design of it. It is a very simple device and requires very little maintenance or upkeep, there are no batteries or alarms to be aware of. The only consideration a person might have is to be aware when there is a heavy rainstorm not to use their plumbing extensively as water may not be able to flow out of their home. In this case, if they were to run a few baths and do a few loads of laundry they might experience some flooding since the water will have no where to go.
So installing a backwater valve really helped to solve our homes flooding issues and I highly recommend it to any other property owners out there that have similar concerns. We hired a plumber Toronto to do the work for us and I highly recommend you do to, that way you can be sure the valve is installed correctly and doing it’s intended job. They came out and did a site inspection, explained the process to us, and answered all of our questions. The actual work only took two days to complete and they were not here the entirety of each day, they dug out a spot in our basement and installed the valve before filling it in and installed panel so that the valve can be inspected and cleaned out in the future.
Since the valve was installed we’ve had a number of very heavy rainfalls and have had no basement flooding problems, so I have to say that I highly recommend a backwater valve as they solved our troubles once and for all.