take the water out & keep it out
The backwater valve and sump pump are part of a more complex drainage system that drains water out and away from your home in Toronto. These parts come into play once the water is collected through drain pipes and is brought to the sump pit – a basin that holds the water until it is released out and away from the home. In high water areas, the sump pump can do most of the work to keep your home dry.
Here is a breakdown of each of the parts:
Backwater Valve: The backwater valve contains a flap that opens to allow water to flow through in one direction, guiding it to the sump pit. Once the water passes through, the flap closes to prevent backflow.
Sump Pump: The sump pump is the pump connected to the sump pit, that takes in the water, and pumps it out and away from the home.
These parts of the drainage system are essential to ensure that the water leaves your home for good, unable to find its way back in.
We offer a variety of sump pumps. Our specialists will help you decide the most suitable option depending on the area you live in. In high water areas, the sump pump can do most of the work to keep your home dry.
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Backwater valves and sump pumps are important parts of the drainage system that help ensure your home stays dry. Having them installed is a preventative measure that could help you avoid severe water-related damage in the future. Here are some benefits associated with having a backwater valve and sump pump installed:
Years on the Market
Warranty Up to 25 Years
Savings for Toronto homeowners
Homeowners of single-family, duplex, or triplex residential properties can apply online for a subsidy of up to $3,400 per property. The following types of work are eligible: installation of a backwater valve; installation of a sump pump; plus severance and capping of an external weeping tile connection or storm sewer line.
The Rebate Includes:
Installation of alarm for sump pump.
Installation of backup power for sump pump.
Installation or replacement of sump pump.
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A sump pump is a mechanical device installed in a sump pit or basin typically located in the basement or crawl space of a property. Its primary function is to remove excess water that accumulates in the pit, usually due to groundwater, rainwater, or natural drainage. The sump pump activates automatically when the water reaches a certain level in the pit and pumps it away from the property, ensuring the basement stays dry and preventing water-related damage.
There are two main types of sump pumps – submersible sump pumps and pedestal sump pumps. Submersible sump pumps are placed inside the sump pit and are designed to be submerged in water, making them quieter and less visible. On the other hand, pedestal sump pumps are positioned above the sump pit, with only the motor submerged. They are more accessible for maintenance but tend to be louder than submersible pumps.
A backwater valve is a device installed in the main sewer line of a property to prevent sewage from flowing back into the house during instances of heavy rainfall or sewer system overload. It works as a one-way valve, allowing wastewater to flow out of the property while preventing it from entering in the reverse direction. Backwater valves are crucial for protecting basements and lower levels from sewer backups, which can cause extensive damage.
Yes, even if you have a backwater valve installed, a sump pump can still be beneficial for your property. While a backwater valve prevents sewage backups, it does not address issues related to groundwater infiltration or surface water drainage. A sump pump complements the backwater valve by effectively managing excess water that accumulates in the sump pit, keeping your basement dry and protected from potential flooding.
No, a backwater valve and a sump pump are two distinct devices that serve different purposes. A backwater valve is designed to prevent sewage backflows into your property, protecting it from sewer backups. In contrast, a sump pump is used to remove excess groundwater and rainwater from your basement or crawl space, preventing potential flooding and water damage.
A sump pump backflow valve is another term for a check valve or a non-return valve installed on the discharge pipe of a sump pump. Its purpose is to prevent water from flowing back into the sump pit once it has been pumped out. By installing a backflow valve, you ensure that the water expelled by the sump pump does not re-enter the pit, allowing the pump to operate more efficiently and reducing wear and tear on the system.
Installing both a backwater valve and a sump pump offers comprehensive protection against water damage in your property. A backwater valve prevents sewage from backing up into your home during heavy rains or when the municipal sewer system is overwhelmed. On the other hand, a sump pump is effective in removing excess groundwater, rainwater, or drainage water from your basement or crawl space, preventing flooding and keeping your lower levels dry. Together, they form a powerful defense against potential water-related issues, providing peace of mind and safeguarding your property.