The thought of raw sewage flooding into your home is enough to make even the hardiest individual a bit weak in the knees. The ghastly smell, the filthy brine lapping against your walls and the thousands of dollars in damage is enough to make anyone sick.
Most homeowners believe that a flooded basement is something that won’t happen to them… until it does. This is because many people who have never experienced flooding before, or who live an area that is not prone to flooding, think that they are safe. However, these people tend to overlook the many non-traditional ways your home can be flooded. One of these ways is a sewer backup.
During a heavy rain, or even due to some blockage in the sewer pipes in your neighborhood, the sewer system can become overloaded. An overloaded sewer system can back up into home sewer lines, flooding your home with raw sewage. The raw sewage, with nowhere to go but up, will begin to flow from toilets, laundry basins, floor drains and even sinks on the lowest levels of your home.
The aftermath of a sewage backup can be devastating. The cleanup alone is costly because you are dealing with hazardous waste. Beyond that, you have home repair, property damage and the health risks to deal with. Not to mention the inconvenience of your home being uninhabitable for weeks.
Considering how devastating a sewer backup can be, the solution for prevention is actually quite simple. A backwater valve is a drainage fitting that your plumber in Toronto can easily install in a matter of hours, yet it makes a world of difference when it comes to protecting your home from a sewer backup.
A backwater valve is a drainage fitting with a valve that only works one way. The valve opens to allow the sewage in your home to run out. But should there be a backup in the neighborhood sewer system, the flow of sewage coming from the other direction will actually close the valve, forcing the sewage to find another outlet.
Besides the protection of your home, installing a backwater valve can prove to be a cost-effective solution that’s beneficial in other ways:
- Some insurance providers may reduce the premiums on your homeowner’s insurance.
- Many insurance companies don’t cover all types of flooding, so you are reducing the risk of an uncovered flooding incident.
- Many municipalities offer a refund or a rebate on backwater valve installations, saving you money.
Even if you don’t live in an area that’s prone to flooding, that doesn’t mean your home is not susceptible to a sewer backup. An unusually heavy rain or a blockage in the sewer system can easily cause raw sewage to back up into your home. Why take the risk? Your local plumber in Toronto can easily install a backwater valve, which will save you from the cost and dangers of a nasty sewage backup in your home. Call Rooter Group Inc. today to learn more about how we can help.