A backwater valve is a backflow prevention device used to prevent outbound water through a dwelling's drain pipes from re-entering into a home. The valve contains a flap that allows water to exit the home, but closes to prevent the back flow into the home.
Backwater valves commonly activate when a city's sewer lines are unable to handle a large amount of falling precipitation; this puts homes that are tied into the storm lines at risk of having water back into them.
There is a difference between backwater valves and backflow preventers:
A backwater valve prevents raw sewage from backing up into your home through your toilets, showers, etc.
A backflow preventer deals with protecting your potable water sourse from being contaminated by a reverse flow of foul water.
What is Backflow, and how do you prevent it?
Backflow refers to the flow of water in a direction opposite to the normal flow, or to the introduction of any foreign liquids, gases, or substances into the public water system.
This can occur anywhere, even at your home. For example, a garden hose submerged into a hot tub or swimming pool, inserted into your car's radiator to flush out the antifreeze, or attached to an insecticide sprayer could siphon hazardous material back into our water system.
There are many ways that "Cleveland Sewer Pro" can help you identify and prevent potential problems in order to ensure the protection of the public water system, keeping the water safe for you and your family.
"Cleveland Sewer Pro" installs a variety of backflow prevention devices and can help you choose the device that is best suited for your home or building. These devices contain mechanical check values that keep dirty water from entering the clean water lines due to fluctuations in water pressure.
We can make sure that your property is correctly equipped with the right backflow devices.
*If you have a backflow emergency, call us day or night and we will take care of it.