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You might be wondering how you are going to begin to locate your backwater valve when you don’t even know what one is or why you have it. Essentially a backwater valve prevents stormwater and sewage from flowing backward into your pipes and basement. It’s important to know the location of yours and to make sure it is in good working order so that you don’t have a disaster on your hands should there be a flood or other event that causes the backflow of waste water.
Getting Started Locating your Backwater Valve
It’s not always obvious or easy to find your backwater valve, but some general tips might help you locate it quickly if you know what to look for.
If you are incredibly lucky, the location of your sewer backwater valve is under the ground outside your home that is indicated by a cap that sticks above the ground. This cap opens with an extender pipe that allows easy access to your backwater valve.
Most likely though you will find your backwater valve by tracing the pipes in your basement. If you follow your sewer line to where the line exits out of your basement through the foundation you can usually find the backwater valve between the last branch of the line and the foundation.
If you are not finding it by one of these methods, then you might want to call in the help from backwater valve installation in Hamilton specialists.
Getting Help Locating your Backwater Valve
If you’ve looked for your backwater valve and are not finding it, it’s likely that it is buried with your pipes underground. The only way to be able to detect where it is if this is the case is to have a professional plumber come out and use a camera in your pipes to locate it.
Once located, a professional like those at Dr. Pipe Drain and Plumbing services can inspect the backflow valve and your pipes to see if any blockages or issues need addressing.
You might be thinking that you haven’t needed to worry about your backwater valve before so why start now? In the event of an unforeseen natural disaster like a flood or an accident like a sewer overflow, you do not want raw sewage and wastewater rushing into your pipes or basement. That can create toxic hazardous conditions that can cost you a lot more money than a simple inspection.
If you should encounter a problem with wastewater coming back into your home, the professionals at Dr. Pipe Drain and Plumbing service are available to help you. We can help you with backwater valve installation or repair or Hamilton sump pump repair service so that your basement stays dry and waste water free