Backwater Valve Installation
What is a backwater valve?
When should I install a backwater valve?
How can I get a backwater valve installed?
How do I know if a backwater valve was already installed?
Do I need a backwater valve?
- Climate – Do live in an area with heavy rains or snow? This gets into the sewer system and if it’s too much water it will flow back into your home bringing waste with it.
- Sump Pump – If you already have a sump pump installed it’s good to have an added protection of backwater valves as well. A sump pump installation indicates that water needs to be drained from your home to prevent flooding. Having a backwater valve installed offers more protection.
- Location – Some provinces are making it mandatory for backwater installation. This is why there are rebates offered in those locations. Check with your municipality to determine if your home location is included.
Does Ontario offer a subsidy for backwater valve installation?
People in Burlington, Kingston, Milton, Oakville, and Toronto are able to obtain subsidiaries to help pay for backwater valve installation.
How do you maintain a backwater valve?
After this device is installed you should check it every 2-3 months or before heavy rain or snowfall is predicted. As things flow out of your home gunk could end up accumulating in the device making it take a longer time to work. Wearing a pair of rubber gloves open the cover to check for debris. If you notice some scrub the area with soap and water to get rid of it. Properly inspect the other parts of the backwater valve for any damage to the device close the cover once more.
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