Installation of a backwater valve is arguably the single best thing you can do as a homeowner to potentially prevent a disastrous flood in your home. A well-functioning backwater valve will prevent contaminated municipal sewer water from entering your home. But, like any continuously operating mechanical device (especially one that operates in a dirty aqueous environment), it is likely to suffer a buildup of waste material and debris that will seriously hamper its functioning. It requires regular maintenance.
In reference to backwater valve maintenance, the City of Windsor contends that, “Backwater sanitary valves are not maintenance-free items. They are mechanical devices in a dirty environment requiring regular maintenance and cleaning to best ensure they will operate properly during a backflow condition. Manufacturer’s recommendations for the type and frequency of maintenance should be followed.”
A regular maintenance program is essential to keep your backwater valve functioning properly in the event of a sewage backup, and may also help your bottom line. An inspection certificate from a qualified company may possibly qualify you for a reduction in insurance premiums, check with your insurance company.
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