As we all know, Etobicoke was hit with a lot of bad weather over the past few years. Residents have reported burst pipes and more, all as a result of rapidly changing temperatures and freezing weather, but the biggest problem facing Etobicoke residents is flooding. The water table has been very high and this has led to basement flooding in many local homes. There are plenty of options for helping to prevent floods, but you should start with the bare essentials, and one of those essentials is backwater valve installation service.

What’s It Do?

Backwater valves prevent sewage from re-entering your home after it’s left by mechanically shutting down the pipe. They operate purely on mechanical devices instead of relying on electricity or anything else so they’re always ready. Basically, if sewage tries to come back into your home, the for of the water causes the valve to shut, stopping any backwash and keeping your home dry. And while they require very little maintenance, they do need regular inspections because the pieces can wear out over time. So if you do have a valve installed in your home, call a professional to inspect it to make sure it’s still working properly. If you’re not sure, check out our post about backwater valve inspection.

But if your home doesn’t have a valve, there’s two pieces of good news. One, they can be easily installed by a professional. Two, your backwater valve installation can actually be compensated by the city of Toronto, making the job very affordable. Etobicoke is chocked full of plumbing professionals who can install the valve for you quickly and efficiently, also letting you know of other flood protection measures you can take. After all, only a professional plumber knows how to evaluate your home’s flood protection based on your lot, the local water system, and many other factors.

Affordable Flood Prevention

The backwater valve is relatively inexpensive, they’re simple mechanical devices that require only a little time to install, but any cost can be nearly completely covered by the city. If you’re thinking about getting a valve, then be sure to research the City of Toronto’s plumbing reimbursement program. It’s a small fund set aside to help homeowners prepare for any bad weather, letting you protect your home from water damage for free or severely compensated rates. The program requires a professional installation and any associated costs attached to the application form, but they can pay you thousands of dollars to save your home from backwash and floods. The fund is limited, however, so make sure you get to the application early in the year, money tends to run dry later in the year.

A backwater valve in Etobicoke can be very necessary. It is the first step in keeping your home safe from unexpected weather events like floods. It’s a small and simple device, but it can save you thousands in water damage and destroyed property that you may have in your basement. So if you think you need a water valve, be sure to get a professional inspection and installation, it can save you money and give you peace of mind.

Andrew Olexiuk - Your Toronto Plumbing Expert
Andrew Olexiuk - Your Toronto Plumbing Expert
Andrew has over 20 years of experience as a plumbing contractor. He is co-owner and operator of Absolute Draining & Plumbing, a professional plumbing company serving residential & commercial properties across the Toronto, Ontario region.
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