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Dr HVAC is a locally owned Brampton plumber that provides friendly, reliable, and professional plumbing services throughout the Greater Toronto Area. As part of our residential and commercial plumbing services, we’ll provide backwater valve installation, repair, and maintenance to your home.

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Backwater Valve Rebates In The Greater Toronto Area

City of Toronto – Basement Flooding Protection Subsidy Program

Homeowners can apply for the Toronto basement flooding protection subsidy of up to $3400 per property to install flood protection devices. 

Eligible work includes:

  • Backwater valve installation or replacement
  • Installation of alarm for backwater valve
  • Sump pump installation or replacement
  • Installation of alarm or back-up power for sump pump
  • Foundation drain (weeping tiles) pipe severance and capping

Learn more about the Basement Flooding Protection Subsidy Program

Halton Region – Backwater Valve Installation Subsidy

Halton Region’s Backwater Valve install subsidy covers 50% of costs incurred for materials and labour, up to a maximum of $675.

  • The Backwater Valve must be installed inside the home.  External installations are not eligible.
  • This is a one-time subsidy per property.
  • The residence where the work is undertaken must be located in Halton Region.
  • The residence where the work is undertaken must have municipal wastewater services (not on a septic system).
  • All work must have been completed after July 1, 2016.

Learn more about the Backwater Valve Installation Subsidy

City of Vaughan – Sanitary Backwater Valve Subsidy Installation

The City of Vaughan will cover up to a maximum of $750, which includes:

  • Eligible labour (the valve must be installed by a certified plumber)
  • Materials
  • Permit fees
  • Taxes

All subsidies are subject to available funding and provided on a first-come-first-served basis. 

Learn more about the Sanitary Backwater Valve Subsidy Installation Program

Peel Region – Sanitary Backwater Valve Rebate Program

Peel Region offers a sanitary backwater valve installation rebate of $700 for eligible homeowners.

  • You’re eligible for the Sanitary Backwater Valve Rebate Program if you have been flooded as a result of excessive rainfall. Proof of the flooding incident will be required.
  • You will not qualify for the program if you’ve already received a subsidy from Peel Region through a previous basement flooding subsidy program.

Learn more about the Sanitary Backwater Valve Rebate Program

Our Backwater Valve Services

No matter what type of backwater valve work you require, you can rely on Dr HVAC to get it done. Talk to us for a free consultation and our friendly, licensed plumbers will help you determine the right solution for you to prevent flood damage, without using unnecessary materials or aggressive sales tactics. 

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We specialize in getting backwater valves installed quickly, safely, and with minimal disruption to your daily routine.

Backwater Valve Installation

Backwater valve installation is a complex job and will require professional services from a licensed plumber. Installing a backwater valve will involve a camera sewer inspection and acquiring local permits.

The backwater valve installation will require breaking through the floor and digging down to the main sewage pipe that takes all the wastewater from your home to the municipal city sewer lines. A piece of the main sewer line will be removed and replaced with the backwater valve – your last line of defense against basement flooding in case the city sewer system backs up. 

Backwater Valve Repair

If you already have a backwater valve installed, but are noticing a sewer smell coming from your basement, it might indicate that your sewer backup valve is in need of repair. When your main sewer line backs up, it brings dirty water into your home that can cause that foul odour.

The life expectancy of most backwater valves will vary depending on several factors, such as the quality of materials used, the frequency of maintenance, and the level of usage and stress it will undergo. Generally, a well-maintained backwater valve can last anywhere from 5 to 20 years. 

Improper installation, more frequent usage due to heavy rains or flooding, and poor quality materials will mean that your backwater valve needs to be repaired or replaced more frequently.

Backwater Valve Maintenance

Regular maintenance of the backwater valve helps ensure its reliability and effectiveness in preventing sewage backups, protecting property and occupants from potential damage and health hazards.

Proper maintenance of your backwater valve is crucial to keep your system flowing smoothly and free of sewage backup. Maintenance of your backwater valves might be needed if you experience:

  • Debris buildup
  • Blockages
  • Wear and tear from heavy use
  • Damage to the seal
  • Extreme weather conditions or severe environmental factors

Why Is Backflow Dangerous?

Backflow is a plumbing term that refers to the reverse flow of water or other substances into the water supply system.

This can happen when the normal flow of water is reversed due to changes in pressure, such as a sudden drop in pressure within the water supply system or an increase in pressure in a downstream sewage system. Backflow can pose serious health risks and dangers to homes for several reasons:

One of the main dangers of backflow is the potential contamination of your home’s potable water supply. If sewage (non-potable water) begins to flow backward into your existing home plumbing, it can contaminate the water that comes out of faucets and fixtures. Contaminated water poses significant health risks to occupants, leading to illnesses and potentially severe health complications.

Backflow often occurs through cross-connections, which are points in the plumbing system where potable water and non-potable water come into contact. Without proper protection measures in place, contaminants from non-potable sources can flow backward into the potable water supply through these connections. Common examples of cross-connections include garden hoses submerged in pools or buckets, irrigation systems, and improperly installed plumbing fixtures.

Backflow can introduce a wide range of chemical and biological contaminants into the potable water supply. These contaminants may include pesticides, fertilizers, industrial chemicals, bacteria, viruses, and other harmful substances. Exposure to these contaminants through drinking water, cooking, bathing, or other household activities can lead to acute and chronic health problems, including gastrointestinal illnesses, respiratory issues, skin irritation, and neurological disorders.

Backflow can cause damage to your home’s plumbing system. The reverse flow of water can put excessive pressure on pipes, fixtures, and appliances, leading to leaks, bursts, and other plumbing failures. Water damage resulting from backflow incidents can cause structural damage to buildings, ruin personal belongings, and necessitate costly repairs.

Backwater valve installation is a critical component of protecting your home from the dangers of backflow.

How Do Backwater Valves Work?

Backwater Valve

Put simply, a backwater valve works by allowing flow in one direction while blocking flow in the opposite direction. When water is flowing in the proper direction, away from your home, the flap remains open. When backflow occurs, floaters built into the flap will raise it up and close the pipe to prevent water or debris from entering your home.

Backwater valves are installed within the plumbing system, usually in the sewer line or drain line where it exits the building or home. There are various designs of backwater valves, but they all function on the principle of allowing flow to pass through them in one direction only. 

Depending on where you live, your plumbing permit or code may require you to install certain types or styles of backwater valve. It’s important to

When wastewater flows from your home’s plumbing system into the sewer or drainage system, it pushes the flap or gate open, allowing the water to pass through. However, if there is a reverse flow of water or sewage due to a backup or backflow event, the flap or gate automatically closes under the pressure of the incoming flow, preventing it from entering the building.

Like any mechanical device, backwater valves require regular maintenance and inspection to ensure they are functioning correctly. This may involve cleaning the valve to remove any debris or sediment that could interfere with its operation, checking for signs of wear or damage, and testing the valve’s functionality periodically to verify that it opens and closes properly.

About Dr HVAC Brampton Backwater Valve Services

About Dr HVAC in Brampton

Dr HVAC’s friendly, professional plumbers put you and your home comfort first. Tough sales pitches are not part of our business model, so you never have to worry about hidden fees. Instead, we aim to help you save money in the long run by setting up the best plumbing installations available and keeping them in top shape.

We offer all types of plumbing services in Brampton, and our dedicated team of professional plumbers will provide you with amazing customer service. 

Brampton residents can rely on Dr HVAC to help out with their backwater valve installation, or any other plumbing issues you may have—we’re just a phone call away.

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All of our technicians are fully-licensed and participate in ongoing training, so they have the most up to date knowledge. Once the work is completed, we’ll leave your furnace area clean and tidy.

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