In Scarborough’s expanding cityscape, the surge in residential constructions puts a strain on underground sewer lines. During heavy rainfall, the risk of overflow increases, leading to potential wastewater backup into spaces below street level, such as basements. To combat this issue, engineers devised the backwater valve—an essential component that regulates the flow within your sanitary drain.
What is a Backwater Valve?
A backwater valve comprises a body, gate with hinges, and an access hole. With a 4″ inlet and outlet matching the main drain or sewer line size, the body allows normal sewage flow to the municipal pipe. In the event of backflow, the gate automatically rises, sealing the pipe and preventing wastewater from entering the basement drain system. This mechanical device requires no homeowner reset, ensuring efficient protection.
Scarborough Homeowners’ Advantage
Scarborough residents can benefit from the City of Toronto’s flood subsidy programs, providing an 80% rebate (up to $1250) for backwater valve installation and other basement flood protection devices. To qualify, the installation must be done by a licensed Toronto contractor in a single-family dwelling. The rebate process, according to the city, takes up to three months.
Why Choose Mister Plumber?
– Toronto licensed contractor
– Over 20 years of experience
– Highly rated plumbing and drain services
– Upfront pricing
– Insured and licensed
– Prompt and honest
Backwater Valve Installation Process
Mister Plumber recommends starting with a camera inspection of the underground drain and sewer line to identify the optimal installation location. The valve can be installed either inside or outside the basement. For finished basements or bathrooms adjacent to the front wall, an outside installation is advisable.
Typical steps for basement installation include:
– Breaking concrete at the main drain location
– Digging down to expose the pipe
– Removing a section of the drain to accommodate the backwater valve body
– Connecting the inlet and outlet of the valve to the pipe
– Backfilling and installing an access box after inspection
– Re-cementing the floor around the box and disposing of debris
Mister Plumber stands as the premier choice for backwater valve installation in Scarborough. Call 416-939-1530 today to schedule an appointment with our licensed and experienced plumbers, committed to safeguarding your home.