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Backwater Valve Installation – How to Choose the Right Plumber for the Job

Drain_and_backwater_valveIf your home is prone to basement floods and sewage backups, you need to install a backwater valve. These small devices only allow water to flow in one direction so they won’t allow water to reenter your plumbing system. The valves can help prevent expensive water damage if they’re properly installed. The backwater valve installation process is very precise and requires some skill and knowledge. It’s definitely not a DIY job so you need to call in professional plumbers to handle the task. Here are some tips on how to choose the right plumber for the task.

  1. Check If They’ve Done a Backwater Valve Installation Before

As mentioned before, this installation process is quite intricate and requires some experience. The plumbers need to determine the right location for the pipe, dig a trench and expose about 4 to 5 feet of sewer pipe, grade the soil around the pipe to ensure it has the right amount of slope before they install the valve. They also need to be careful when they refill the trench in order to ensure the valve body isn’t damaged by soil pressure or concrete. This requires skill and knowledge of the process so don’t hesitate to ask your plumber if they’ve done backwater valve installation in the past before you hire them.

  1. Consider the Quote Carefully

Most municipalities offer subsidies for backwater valve installation so you won’t have to spend too much money on the project. Before you hire a plumber, make sure they’ve taken these subsidies into account. You should check with you municipalities to see if they offer the subsidy and how you can claim them.

Your plumber can help you determine the overall cost and explain all the expenses involved. You should make sure your quote is all-inclusive and expenses like material cost, labor charges, and taxes are included in it.

  1. Licenses

Backwater valve installation must be performed by a licensed professional so before you hire a plumber, check their licenses and certifications. You should hire a plumber who has any of the licenses mentioned below:

  • ENG license
  • Master Plumbing License
  • Plumbing License
  • WSIB

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