Check valve

A check valve is mandatory!

A check valve is a sure way to avoid sewer backups. That is why municipal by-laws require all property owners to install check valves in their homes regardless of the age of the building.

The municipal by-law provides that check valves must never be fitted to a home's primary sewer pipe system, but rather to the secondary sewer connection pipes. The foundation drain also have to be protected by a check valve. 

As well, check valves must be maintained in good working order and regularly checked.

Types of check valves

Check valve maintenance

Check valves must remain accessible at all times to allow for regular maintenance at least twice a year, normally in the spring and in the fall, when the clocks are reset.

If a check valve is located in a wall or under the basement floor, there should be an access panel.

The following should be checked:

  • first of all, make sure that you are wearing the appropriate protective gear (safety gloves and glasses) in order to avoid any contact with wastewater given the risk of infection;
  • unscrew the access cap and check the condition of its gasket, being sure to replace it if necessary;
  • remove the swing flap to clean it and check the condition of the rubber seal, being sure to replace it if necessary;
  • clean the hinge, keeping it free of any debris;
  • reinstall the swing flap in the right direction, making sure that it moves properly; and
  • solidly screw the cap back on, and replace the access panel if necessary.

IMPORTANT: Never open the check valve during a sewer backup.

(Source: Ville de Sherbrooke)

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