Municipal waterworks generally handles normal – or slightly above normal – water flow. Following heavy precipitation, melting snow, an expected or sudden thaw or another unexpected whether storm, it can happen that your sewer backs up into your home or renovated basement.
While it is a good idea to maintain home insurance coverage that includes sewer backup to fix your finishing and replace your belongings – especially if you have a home theatre system, games room or gym, for instance – we do have some ideas for minimizing your risk of loss:
Install a backwater valve
The valve closes automatically if the sewer backs up. A backwater valve that complies with your municipality’s standards and bylaws should prevent sewage from backing up into your basement.
Ensure maintenance of your backwater valve
Proper care of your plumbing system will significantly reduce the risk of sewer backup.