What is a Backwater Valve and How Can It Stop Your Basement from Flooding?

Posted On September 15, 2016

Unfortunately basement flooding is all too common. It is a frequent occurrence in homes across the GTA – a reason why homeowners need to take important steps to ensure they reduce the odds of having their basement be the next one to fill up with water.

Heavy rainstorms, sewer back up, burst pipes, and other situations all pose a risk to your basement. If it happen to you it could result in an expensive and time consuming clean-up process, not to mention potentially losing some of your cherished personal belongings. But, what can you do about it? You can install a backwater valve.

What Is A Backwater Value?

A backwater valve is a device that can be installed to prevent sewage from backing up into your basement. The valve will automatically close if there is a sewage backup form the main sewer line. Therefore, the sewage (and water) will not come through in inlets in your basement such as your laundry tub, floor drains, sinks, etc.

How A Backwater Valve Can Stop Your Basement From Flooding

The Insurance Bureau of Canada explains how a backwater valve can help stop your basement from flooding:

“A mainline backwater valve can help prevent sewage in an overloaded main sewer line from backing up into your basement. Placed directly into the sewer lateral in your basement , the valve automatically closes if sewage backs up from the main sewer.”

The rules for installation and use of backwater valves will vary from municipality to municipality. Before installing, talk with your municipality about proper installation and local permit requirements.

Learn more about the benefits of installing a backwater value and ways you can be proactive and prevent your basement from flooding by giving us a call at The Master People. We can help you with all your basement needs.


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