Gone are the days when basements were only used for storing junk boxes or camping equipment. That once abandoned space is now being utilized as home offices, family rooms, or emergency shelters, etc. This is why it has become crucial to keep the area safe from basement flooding. The optimum solution for preventing flooding is the installation of backwater valves.
A backwater valve allows water from sinks, tubs, and toilets to flow into the municipal sewer system. It has a gate which remains open in the normal position. However, if there is back up from sewer, the gate shuts close. This prevents contaminated water from flowing into the home.
Installing a backwater valve is not an easy task. However, a licensed and professional plumber can make it almost hassle-free for you. All you need to do is to get the services of a proficient plumber and later call up Toronto Corporation authorities who will come and inspect the backwater valve if it has been properly installed and if it follows the set guidelines.
As far as the process of installation of backwater valve is concerned, the plumber will first dig through the concrete floor of your basement till he reaches the sewer lateral. A short piece of the pipe is then cut out to place the valve. The backwater valve acts as the last line of defense in preventing water from entering your home.
It is also necessary that you disconnect weeping tiles from the sanitary sewer. This can generally be aided by installing a sump pit and sump pump. You should also disconnect any downspouts outside your home. You can place a rain barrel to collect the water so that it can be reused. Always ensure that there is a gentle slope away from your foundation in your lawn. This makes sure that there is no water seepage into the foundation.
Backwater valves are manufactured with a see through top. It enables you to regularly check for any debris in the valve. In case of excessive rain or snowmelt, you can also check if the gate is open or closed. Using the shower, sinks, or tubs when the gate is closed can lead to water clogging.
Installing a backwater valve is necessary to avoid basement flooding. It may be a hectic job, but it is better than spending thousands of dollars after flooding. Always make sure you hire only a professional contractor who knows how to do his job.