Backwater Valve Installation Ottawa Approved!

A sewer backup can cause tens of thousands of dollars in damage to your home, without the yuck factor. Thankfully there’s a simple, cost-effective device that can ensure you never have o face a basement full of sewage: a backwater valve.

This clever device allows one-way flow from your home to the sewer. As soon as backflow is detected, it closes up and keeps your home safe.

They’re so effective that the City of Ottawa now has a bylaw requiring all new homes have one installed. They also provide rebates for retrofits. For many homeowners living in Kanata, massive flooding in 2009 caused by the overloaded main city sewer led to providing this plumbing protection free of charge while the city works on upgrading the sewer system to handle the increased population in Kanata and Ottawa. 

Out of This World Plumbing can install a City of Ottawa-approved backwater valve to protect your home and sewage system. We provide total prices upfront and our 100% satisfaction guarantee ensures your happiness.

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Install A Mainline Fullport Backwater Valve for Best Results

Mainline Fullport is North America’s most trusted brand when it comes to backwater valves. The innovative, multi-award-winning Mainline Fullport design was the first backwater valve design to use the “normally open” gate concept. It can be installed on both storm and sewage lines (if your home was built before the 1960s they’re probably combined).

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Backwater Valve FAQ

The City of Ottawa has established the Residential Protective Plumbing Program (RPPP) in order to provide financial assistance to homeowners that want to install devices like a sump pump or backwater valve and other approved protective plumbing devices to protect their homes from flooding.

The eligibility for the Protective Plumbing Program is as follows:

  • The applicant must be the property owner
  • Property must be:
    • Residential
    • Located in the City of Ottawa
    • Served by City sewers
    • Built prior to January 1, 2004, for protective plumbing work related to the private storm sewer services
    • Built prior to January 1, 2012, for work related to private sanitary sewer services
  • Protective plumbing device(s) considered as part of the rebate application shall not be installed for the purposes of maintaining, repairing or replacing existing protective plumbing device(s)
  • Property taxes must be current
  • Applications must be completed and approved before any work can commence

The process requires a plumbing company to review existing and proposed work to be able to recommend the proper work to be done after verifying your home’s sewer line and existing plumbing or sump pumps. Once your application is submitted and reviewed, the CCTV inspection reviews your sewer system connection, followed by site visits, installation of approved sewer protective plumbing devices, and another final inspection report.

In order to take advantage of this program, we recommend you review the details of the Residential Protective Plumbing Program and begin your application. The Out of This World Plumbing Team is happy to be your support and guide with all protective plumbing work required.

Sometimes the city sewer system can become clogged. Until people in the neighbourhood realize the problem, they will keep flushing toilets and running taps. When that happens the water will start to back up into any empty pipe it can find, including the pipes that provide drainage from the nearby homes. Any pipe without a backwater valve will allow sewage to rise up and flood the basement.

Backwater valves are recommended for any home, even homes on higher ground. A sewer backup can happen even if your home is at the top of a hill: it’s caused by a clog, not groundwater flooding.

Having a backwater valve installed will help protect your home against sewer surges.

Having a backwater valve installed will help protect your home against sewer surges.

Probably – if your home was built before the 1960s. In these homes, the sewer lines are often still tied into storm drain lines. If your home is in these areas, the backwater valve will protect your home. Homes in newer neighbourhoods, however, have a separate storm and sewage lines, so you may need to install a backwater prevention device on the storm water line as well.

Yes – before you finish your basement or renovate. Installation of backwater valves is best done in unfinished basements because it requires a trench about 2 – 3 feet long to be dug in your home to provide room for the device. Depending on the pipe layout and construction of your home, the trench may need to be larger. Depending on the pipe layout and construction of your home, the trench may need to be larger.

Backwater valves will protect your plumbing system from blockages located outside your home – not inside your home.

Backwater valves cannot stop waste from being added by the homeowners. For example, if the backwater valve has been floated due to high sewage levels outside the home, any waste that is flushed in the home will cause a backup within the home’s waste pipes as there is nowhere for it to go.

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