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Avoid Disaster - Backwater Valve

Updated: Apr 5, 2018

Do you need a Backwater Valve?

Consider this scenario. You come home to a horrible smell, you naturally investigate inspecting each room desperate to find the source. Eventually you make your way down into the basement and you discover the cause. This common scenario happens every day, what are we talking about? Sewer backups.

Avoid Sewer Backups

Sewer backups are very common, what causes backups from happening? The most common reasons behind sewer backups are clogged sewer lines, collapsed pipes, tree roots and severe weather. Practical home owners have insurance coverage but is that enough? Sanitary sewage is generated by the use of toilets, sinks and drains. This type water damage contains a high degree of bacteria and contaminants. If a backup occurs it is not simply a process of removing the water. Sewer water can cause thousands of dollars of damage to your home and more importantly it can cause health issues for you and your family. Many insurance policies do not cover all the costs to remove the sewage water, contaminated materials as well as replace the damage. Additionally your insurance may not cover costs for hotel or lodging while the clean-up occurs.

Homeowners should be looking for more protection than just insurance. The solution – Backwater Valves. A backwater valve prevents sewer water from backing up through the sewer and into your home. The valve is installed on the main drain that is connected to the city sewer line. The valve contains a flap that allows water to exit the home but prevents a backflow from the sewer.

Backwater valves are worth the investment, they are relatively inexpensive and depending on where you live you may be eligible for a deduction in your insurance premiums. Some municipalities even provide incentives to install the devices. If you are considering to install a backwater valve because you live in or near a flood plain or as a preventative measure contact us today to learn more. Our certified licensed Plumbers will provide you with all the necessary details and schedule a visit to provide you a quote.

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