Floor drain back flow

Discussion in 'Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice' started by rayh78, Jul 22, 2009.

  1. rayh78

    rayh78 Member

    Sep 15, 2008
    Colonial Heights, Virginia
    Want to replace a floor drain in a basement since already doing some concrete work. Looks like just a 2" line.
    I know there will be a P trap in the line. But is there a backflow valve.
    I have used check valves for other things. But it seems like a good idea to have one here so if main line ever backs up would not flood basement. But how could this even work since the floor drain would have so little pressure to open valve. If the flapper type is that weak it does not seem like it could work well.
  2. Gary Swart

    Gary Swart In the Trades

    Sep 1, 2004
    Yakima WA
    There are two types of back flow checks that I know of. One is a swinging flap that is supposed to close if/when water rises in the drain. These don't really work well because over time dust and lint collect one the gate and when water rises slowly, they don't close. The second type has a ball that floats up and closes the pipe. These don't seem to be affected by the accumulation of lint and work quite well.
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  4. FloridaOrange

    FloridaOrange Plumbing Designer

    Dec 2, 2005
    Plumbing Designer
    SW Florida
    Backwater valves. The ball type are definitely the ones to go with. The one's I've seen "push" the sanitary a little lower by design so if pipe invert is an issue they may not be practical.
  5. Peanut9199

    Peanut9199 Customer Service Manager Plumbing Wholesale

    Apr 23, 2007
    Customer Service Manager Plumbing Wholesale
    Ontario, Canada
    I have installed one of these in my basement floor drain.
    Let's the water out and stops water coming in.
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