Back water valve? or snaking?

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  1. Feb 11, 2014 #1

    ch00ver

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    Hello all, new to the forum would love some discussion on a question.

    My basement floor drain is backing up. The municipality I live in has a program to install a back water valve so I have ordered the package. However, I'm not sure this is the issue.

    I get a puddle around the drain and the issue started during a heavy storm which leads me to believe its a backflow issue. BUT, I'm thinking this may be coincidence as it usually reoccurs after doing laundry or draining the upstairs tub.

    There is also a bit of an odour coming from the drain. My question, how do I know if the drain is clogged, or if it requires a back flow valve? Is the answer simply to get the drain snaked and see if the issue resolves?

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  2. Feb 14, 2014 #2

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    Snake the drain for sure. I'd highly suggest hiring a pro because those snakes have been know to break limbs on inexperienced users. I'm willing to bet that that is your issue you have a blockage in your sewer line. Backwater valves ONLY protect you if the city backs up. Ex. Your having issues in your line but then say the city sewer gets overloaded or plugged then water will back up into adjoining properties. That normally open backwater valve will then close and protect your home.
     
  3. Feb 15, 2014 #3

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    Thanks, stevemachine.

    Had it snaked today, big wad of what looked like lint from the laundry machine had been collected. Just moved in to the house, and it was built in the '40s. Quite the list of things to do, which now includes some work to update the basement plumbing to ensure smooth running in the future.
     
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    No problem thanks for letting us know the result and glad it's been cleared


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    Also your backwater valve should be installed on the branch of the floor drain or any other basement plumbing.If you had no basement plumbing then it may be installed on the main with proper accessibility .


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