Backwater Valve Installation and Repair - New Westminster, B.C.
Home plumbing systems can be quite complicated, and the average homeowner probably doesn’t give their plumbing too much of a second thought; perhaps a homeowner doesn’t know what to look for while inspecting to make sure things are working as they should be.
It’s easy to hope and dream that our pipes will stand the test of time, but if we don’t anticipate and protect ourselves from potential plumbing issues or damage to our home, the consequences can be grave.
While standard issues like leaky sinks and clogged toilets are inconvenient but generally an easy fix, you may find yourself in a bind when raw sewage presents itself in your basement floor drains, or you see that your home toilets are flushing down to the basement toilet.
For these issues, a backwater valve can be a lifesaver, and is actually a code requirement for many fixtures in New Westminster. Here are the answers to some common questions that we receive about backwater valves.
What is a Backwater Valve Used for?
In essence, a backwater valve is meant to block any sewer backflow from re-entering your main pipelines and flooding out your basement or bathrooms.
Also, if there is excess water flowing through the sewer systems, typically during a storm or flooded period, the backwater valve can be the answer to your prayers, preventing sewer water and backflow from entering your home.
If the flood is very powerful, outside water and rainwater may still make its way into your home through foundational cracks or openings, but you can rest assured that the sewer water will stay out thanks to a fully functional backwater valve.
Where does a Backwater Valve Go?
Because the location of a backwater valve depends on where the main city sewer lines are located, your backwater valve could be located in a variety of places.
The most common area for a backwater valve installation is under the basement flooring so that it can be attached to the main sewer, which is where sewage leaves your home. In some instances, it may need to be placed in your front or back yard, and it will then be buried underground.
A backwater valve installation is going to be done underground, so it’s not something that the average homeowner is recommended to do on their own. It’s also important that the valve is installed correctly to avoid any malfunctions during a time of need.
For that reason, call in New Westminster plumbing to ensure that your backwater valve gets installed safely and correctly to avoid any future issues or grievances.
How do You Know if You Have a Backwater Valve?
Backwater valves can be a complicated part of your home plumbing, so it’s always better to let a plumbing expert take a look and let you know exactly what type of system you have (or don’t have) in place. If your home is older, it may be that you don’t have one installed.
On the other hand, if you’re building a new property or working on a remodel, it is vital that you get your property looked at by a professional plumber, as there are plumbing code rules that are legally enforced and you have to meet those requirements.
These legal codes can be tricky for the average homeowner, so it’s better to leave it up to our New Westminster plumbers, as they are well versed in code requirements and can help you ensure that your property meets the legal standard without issue.
Don’t wait until it’s too late to make sure that you have a backwater valve installed and that it’s functioning properly. If you wait, you may find yourself in an emergency plumbing situation. While New West plumbing is available for emergency plumbing services 24/7, we’d much rather help you stay ahead of the game and avoid a stressful situation.
Backwater Valve New Westminster
Give our expert plumbing team a call today so we can set up a time to come out and inspect your plumbing system. One common way that we can do this is through a camera plumbing inspection, which is one of the most sophisticated and accurate ways to understand your plumbing.
Our New West plumbers are fully licensed and experienced with the most up-to-date equipment. We are happy to help!