Back Water Valves
Effective backwater valves prevent city sewage and water from traveling back into your property if the sewer line becomes overloaded. Back water valves have a flap inside that lets water exit when everything is flowing normally. However, the flap is also attached to a floatation mechanism that locks the valve by floating up if ever the exiting flow of water and sewer starts to reverse.
How can you maintain a back water valve?
All back water valves are not the same, however they should all be carefully inspected at least once a year to make sure they are working properly and keeping you safe from disastrous situations.
Things to check when inspecting backwater valves:
✓ Potential Debris Clogs
✓ Difficult Flap Movement
✓ O-Ring Condition
✓ Float Condition
✓ General Deterioration
According to the City of Toronto bylaws, all homes built within the city’s limits must have a backwater valve installed. However, older Toronto homes are not subject to these bylaws. Nonetheless, homeowners to which these laws don’t apply should still consider the installation of a backwater valve to prevent flooding from sewage backup, and may even be eligible for a credit from the city.
Time to install a back water valve?
Ready to install a backwater valve or want to know more about how it can prevent sewer backups and flooding? Call us now at (416) 464-1740 to schedule a service appointment or request a quote at the click of a button.