Protect your home or commercial property from sanitary and sewer backups.
Backwater valves are your first line of defense against sewer(sanitary) or storm backups.
A backwater valve is a plumbing valve you can have installed in your home or property, right on your lines that gravity drain your home’s waster water to the city’s lines. A backwater valve is a mechanical valve, that physically stops sewage or storm water from flowing back into your home or property. Basically it only lets fluids go one way, and that’s the way away from your property!
So, should your Calgary home or commercial property have a backwater valve installed or not?
Let’s consider the risks.
Typically, all homes with below grade sinks and drains are at risk of municipal backup flooding. It’s not cheap to have to replace finishes, electrical, or structural components of your building after they are damaged by backwater flooding. You are looking at total gutting of affected areas, and potentially mold or abatement of other hazardous byproducts that come with flooding.
In Calgary, where we occasionally experience allot of rain, and even flooding from the Bow or Elbow rivers, a backwater valve should be considered as necessary.
You really cannot only rely on Calgary water works to keep your own home safe from unusually high rainfall, storm backups, or floods.
If you’re convinced you need to go ahead and get a backwater valve installed then reach out to the plumbing professionals at RPG Calgary for a free quote and consultation.
They’ll take care of all work associated including permitting, a sump pumps as required, concrete work, and supply of the backwater valve itself.
The team at RPG Calgary are led by veterans of the commercial industry, some of whom have over 12 years of experience. Safe to say they’ll get your backwater valve installed on time and on budget. Best of yet, RPG’s work is backed with a satisfaction guarantee.
Diagram of backwater valve operation. Backwater valves are often confused with back-flow prevention devices. As a homeowner it’s important to understand the difference.
Do you really need a backwater valve installation?
If your still asking your self this question, consider the following.
You should install a backwater valve if your home uses a sump pump.
Sumps pumps are typically installed in properties where the water table rests at a higher elevations than the building’s foundation. This means water needs be drained to above that elevation, generally away from the property itself, such as the lawn or street. While sump pumps are a good line of defense against flooding, they do have more failure points than backwater valves. Sumps pumps may lose power, burn out motors, or require repairs and servicing intermittently through their lifecycle. Backwater valves, are purely a physical barrier, with much less likelihood of faulty operation due to breakdown. This makes backwater valves a great additional line of defense for homes that already have a sump pump installed.
You have below grade fixtures.
When you have sub surface drains in your property connected to a storm drainage system it is typically interpreted to be required by code that the connection itself has a backwater valve installed – this backwater valve is required when the connection is below that of street level.
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Types of backwater valves
Backwater valves are often called different things.
The correct name or type of backwater valve for your home, is actually just called a backwater valve. However, backwater valves have sub-terms. These include check valves and gate valves. They are commonly used to describe the operations of a backwater valve.
Check valves and gate valves are legitimate plumbing terminologies. But they shouldn’t necessarily be confused with a backwater valve. If you’re uncertain, just mention backwater valve to the RPG Calgary team when you book a consultation, they’ll know exactly what you mean.
Backwater valve vs. backflow prevention
Often home owners and even plumbers will confuse Calgary backflow prevention devices with Calgary backwater valves.
While the devices are similar in their nature, they perform very different purposes. RPG Calgary are experts in the installation and servicing of both devices for home applications.
A backflow prevention device is designed to prevent unwanted reverse flow of your home’s water back into the municipality’s water supply. Back flow preventers are typically more complex of systems in their operation and necessary function than backwater valves.
The idea behind backflow prevention devices is to prevent leaching of contaminants back into a municipal water supply. This can happen for a number of reasons. For example, some properties may treat the water within the building with chemicals. If that treated water is in line connected with the water main serving the property then there is a potential for these chemicals to leach back through the lines into the city’s supply. That means, adjacent properties could be served this treated water by mistake, which in the case of chemically treated water, could have serious implications on people’s health and well being if they consume the water.
A Calgary backwater valve actually serves to stop sewer or storm water backup from the city’s lines entering your homes. A backwater valve is critical to get installed if your home’s drains or clean outs are below your neighborhoods’ sewer system.
If you’re looking for expert guidance as to the suitability of a backflow prevention device or backwater valve installation for your home then reach out to the team at RPG Calgary.
Neighborhood backflow prevention setup. Backflow prevention devices actually protect municipal water supplies from leaching of chemicals and contaminants.
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