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What Does a Backwater Valve Do?

A backwater valve is a plumbing device that prevents the backflow of sewage. The valve helps air flow freely through drain pipes, which allows sewage to flow in the right direction: out of your home. Building codes differ based on your locality, but generally, if your home is located below the first manhole cover on the street’s sewer line, a backwater valve will be required. There is a greater chance of a basement flooding the lower down the street it is located on a sloping sewer line. In some areas, however, installing a backwater valve is mandatory anytime a building is located very close to the first upstream manhole cover.installing a backwater valve

How does the valve work?

What a backwater valve does is allow sewage to flow in only one direction. Especially in older neighborhoods where sanitary disposal systems are combined with storm drains, a period of heavy rain can strain drainage systems to capacity.
The drainage system is not able to disperse the additional water, and that water will flow back up the lowest opening it can find, usually a floor drain. What a backwater valve does is prevent this from happening. Inside the valve is a circular metal trap that remains open as long as waste is flowing out of the home. The minute wastewater begins to flow backward, however, the trap swings shut. This means that the backwards flowing water will need to find some other available opening because it will not be able to reenter your home.

Since the backwater valve works by swinging shut when necessary, occasionally a piece of debris can prevent the device from functioning correctly, usually something that has been flushed that should not have been. The valve requires regular maintenance, including lubrication and checking that its connections are functioning. This can be done by a certified plumber and it is recommended that homeowners do this once a year. For houses that have a history of flooding due to sewage backflow or houses that are located in neighborhoods with a history of flooding, installing a backwater valve is a wise investment even if your locality does not require it.

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Brew Pots, Brew Kettles: Everything needed to Brew your Own Beer + the Advantages

There are many, many people in this world that have an absolute love for beer. They love to try all sorts of brews to experience the wide range of flavours and variety of beers that exist. Then there are those that have such a love for beer they go a step further and brew their own! This is not an exceptionally difficult task but it does take some dedication and monetary investment to get started. Brewing your own beer is extremely rewarding and has some very interesting advantages. So before you rush out to buy brew pots it’s time to read up on a few of the advantages of brewing your own beer.

High-Quality Beer Made at Home

Home brewed beer is generally higher quality because it allows home brewers to use ingredients that would otherwise not be profitable for larger breweries to use. All malt, full bodied beers are basically the de facto standard for home brew recipes and the addition of cheap additives is very uncommon. One thing to note on is to increase the quality of your home brewed beer is to use quality equipments such as brew pots and brew kettles.

Home Brewed Beer is Better for you

One aspect of commercially available beer is that it is typically pasteurized and filtered. This also strips some of the nutrients out of beer such as vitamin B. An advantage of increased vitamin B content is that it helps to reduce hang-overs from those “extra exciting nights” and is generally a much needed vitamin. There are also other health benefits to beer. It’s been noted that 1-2 beers a day is good for your health in terms of the flavonoids as well as providing a healthy dose of brewer’s yeast. Sounds good doesn’t it! Just remember, all things in moderation.

It’s Damn Rewarding!

It was mentioned at the beginning of this write up but it must be elaborated on. Brewing your own beer is not merely rewarding, it is the enjoyment of the whole process from start to finish. You get to create your own beer with your own hands. The challenge and activity involved in the process are just as important to the overall value of this process. Just think, you get your own ingredients, brew your beer, and finally get to share it with your friends or loved ones. What could be better than this alone?

Get Creative with your Beer

When you home brew your own beer you have the opportunity to test out new ingredients, styles of beers, beer equipment such as brew pots, and brewing techniques. There are quite a number of resources online you can look up to find new recipes or inspiration for new brewing styles.

There are many advantages to home brewing, including saving your money. Although some brews may seem on-par with store bought you are always going to be getting a higher-quality brew for your money when you do it at home. If you are considering brewing your own beer make sure to use high quality brew pots and brew kettles to get the most out of your home brewing!

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