A backwater valve is an extremely important installation that will prevent your home from coming under damage from sewage backflow, which can be caused by flooding, a lack of water pressure, and other reasons.
If sewage flows back up your pipes for any reason, rather than draining away into the sewage mains like it is supposed to, then you could end up with a mess in your basement, and an unhealthy and unwelcome damage from the backflow. A Backwater valve installation prevents this from occurring.
A backwater valve works in a very simple but effective way, and is an important part of a safe and functioning drainage system.
The installation includes a built-in drainage slope, and a flap. When water is flowing away from your home like it should, the flap stays down and lets the water out as usual. In the event that water starts to backflow up your pipes, the flap floats up to block the sewage. When the disaster has been successfully averted, the flap opens up to its normal position again.
Toronto Basement Protection Subsidy Program
The City of Toronto offers a Basement Flooding Protection Subsidy Program program that can help homeowners to have the right flood protection in place, including backflow prevention valves. They offer a huge subsidy of up to 80% off the total cost, up to the value of $1250 for backflow valve installation or replacement.
The subsidy program is in place because residents in Toronto are particularly at risk to damage from severe weather and floods. Not all homes need backwater valve installation. However, many do, and this is especially true of houses set on a slope, or on the flats.
If you have ever noticed any signs of sewage backflow, such as drained water coming back through your pipes and into your basement, then you really need a backwater valve to prevent any further problems. Sewage backflow is a risk to health.
However, you don’t have to wait until damage occurs to get a backwater valve installed. It is better to act now, and to take advantage of the huge subsidy that is on offer.
If you have any doubts as to whether you need a backwater valve, we can check your water pressure and risk of backflow.
Direct Waterproofing have over 25 years experience dealing with all manner of basement waterproofing and plumbing issues. We are fully insured and certified, and treat every job with absolute care to give you the best experience possible.
Our quality backwater valve installations will ensure your home and health never have to suffer from sewage backflow damage again. High quality products and expert installations make us second to none in Toronto.
We excavate your foundations down to the weeping tiles.
Next, your walls are cleaned and powerwashed, and hydraulic cement is applied to fill in any cracks or gaps.
We then fit the aquabloc, a high quality waterproofing material that will prevent water from finding its way to your foundation walls.
We apply a yellow jacket, and then another layer of aquabloc for added protection.
We then apply the delta membrane, a layer of gravel, and we clean up the working area so that it looks better than when we started.
Any extras such as drainage systems will be fitted as the job is in progress.