What are Backwater Valves?
Backwater valves are the second line of defense for your home to prevent flooding. This device is installed in either a sanitary or storm sewer to irrigate any excess water away from your home. If your home floods frequently during storms, backwater valves are a great way to prevent that!
How are Backwater Valves Installed?
The process is pretty simple. We dig down to the pipe and cut a small section out an install the valve into the pipe. In the video, you can see the elevated portion on the top of the valve, which is called a "riser," which will be visible after the installation. The riser allows us to have easy access to the backwater valve so that we can inspect and service it if there are ever any future problems. It also allows us to make sure that it's working properly.
Backwater Valve Maintenance
We do recommend that our customers maintain these valves to ensure they are working to keep their homes dry. We teach our customers how to keep up with them themselves so they can save themselves the time and the money of having us maintain them. However, we are always available to inspect and maintain it for you.
How Do I Know if I have a Backwater Valve?
If you have a plumber who is familiar with your facility, they will know if you have one. But you can also tell yourself by looking in your yard for the riser poking out of the ground. They usually have a green or white cap and are 8 inches.
If you want to learn more about if you should have a backwater valve, what it takes to install one, or why you might need one, please contact us today at Reliable Drain. We can talk you through the process and help you understand how to keep you home free of unwanted water!