Sewer Check Valve Professionally Installed By Balkan Stops Basement Flooding

Sewer Service
October 25, 2010

by David Balkan

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sewer contractorHomeowner needs to stop basement flooding. A properly installed sewer check valve is the answer. Frequently using the proper plumbing materials and having the right idea of how to solve a plumbing problem is not enough. Recently Balkan was called to completely redo another sewer contractors improper installation.

Backwater Valve
Sewer check valve put in place

A sewer check valve is a seemingly fool-proof and inexpensive way to stop a public sewer from backing up into a basement. It functions automatically and is extremely easy to maintain. However sewer contractors must install it properly to solve the problem. Unfortunately if sewer contractors install the sewer check valve on the house side of a house trap it will not completely solve the back up problem.

Sewer work
New house trap

When installed in this manner sewer backwater can still seep out from the house trap or even cause a flood in a basement. A sewer check valve must be installed on the street side of a house trap. This prevents a public sewer back up from ever reaching the house trap, and completely eliminates the possibility of any leakage from out of the house trap. A proper installation is more work and requires greater skill.

Sewer line replacement
Installation almost complete

However a properly installed sewer check valve will last for decades with provide a trouble free house sewer system. This is why only licensed, insured, and experienced sewer contractors should be trusted to work on a house sewer line. Furthermore improperly installed sewer line installations can result in potentially harmful sewer gases entering into a persons home.

House trap / Backwater check valve
Basement re-cemented

Saving a few dollars, or doing a “quick-fix” to save time is never the right answer when it involves your families health, or protecting your home from damage. In this case the sewer check valve installation was started completed the same day. The site was left broom clean, cemented, and ready for the tiles to be installed.

This professionally installed check valve installation by Balkan is this property owners assurance of an end to back ups causing basement damage ever happening again.

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David Balkan

David Balkan is the CEO of Balkan Sewer And Water Main, the largest and most trusted service in New York City. David is extremely active in various NYC plumber organizations being the Chairman of the Subsurface Committee in the Master Plumbers Council, and Vice President of the Subsurface Plumbers Association. In addition David’s expertise is respected by officials of New York City agencies such as the NYC DEP, NYC DOB, and the NYC DOT. He frequently provides valuable input on a variety of industry related matters.

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