How wa­ter back valves can save your home from ruin

The Hamilton Spectator - - REAL ESTATE -

There are many un­for­tu­nate events that can af­fect home te events that can af­fect homey own­ers, but sewer backup may be one of the worst. Oc­cur­ring when the mu­nic­i­pal­ity's main n sewer sys­tem is over ca­pac­ity, such as dur­ing a heavy rain st torm, sewer backup means sewme age can get pushed into a hom through the main drain pipe Un­for­tu­nately, it hap­pens mor re of­ten than you'd think.

To help pre­vent this prob­lem, ask about the po­ten­tial for sewer backup in the area wwhen pur­chas­ing a house. Of course, while it's prefer­able to o live in an area where this isn't an is­sue, some­times it's un­avoid­able.

“Se­vere weather dam­age claims paid by Cana­dian in­sur­ers in­creased more than 13 foldover the past 30 years,” says Glenn Cooper of Aviva In­sur­ance. “In­stalling a back­wa­ter valve sys­tem is one of the bbest mea­sures you can take to avoid ex­cess wa­ter dam­age in n your base­ment,” adds Cooper.

A back­wa­ter valve can be the dif­fer­ence be­tween hav­ing a dry base­ment and be­ing knee-deep in dirty wa­ter dur­ing a storm. Also com­monly re­fer­reed to as a back­flow valve, it can be added to your plumbing to pre­vent sewer wa­ter from en­ter­ing your home. They're self-op­er­at­ing and al­low wa­ter to flow from one di­rec­tion only, which pre­vents back-ups when the mu­nic­i­pal­ity's se­weer sys­tems are over­loaded.

If you're un­sure if you neeed one, you can talk to your builder or plumber to weigh thhe pros and cons of in­stal­la­tion Hav­ing a back­wa­ter valve is eespe­cially im­por­tant if you live in an area prone to sewer backup.

Although in­stal­la­tion is str­raight­for­ward and can likely be com­pleted by many DIY-ers, it's best to leave it to a pro­fesve sional. Know­ing that the valvis in­stalled and work­ing cor­money rectly is worth the amount of needed to pay a licensed con­trac­tor or plumber to in stall it. Check to see if your mu­nic­i­pal­ity has a sub­sidy pro­gram avail­able for home own roughers.

Find more in­for­ma­tion through pro­gram avail­able for home own rough on­line at a viva wa­ter pro­tec­tion

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