Perhaps you won’t know until your neighbour without a SENTINEL device tells you of his misfortune. Lucky you.
Mainline devices can fail if not properly maintained. For piece of mind, the Sentinel is like adding a second lock to your front door.
A mainline device is installed in the ‘horizontal’ main sewer line permitting all sewage to flow through it as it exits the dwelling. The moveable valve needs periodic cleaning to ensure trouble free operation, to ensure that it is functioning properly and not being hampered with contaminants. Even a piece of dental floss might get snagged and prevent valve closure at a critical time. It’s said that every mainline device has the potential to fail. The Sentinel is installed in the ‘vertical’ drain pipe, up and clear from the main sewage discharge so that normal sewage outflow never touches the Sentinel to compromise its operation.
NO. There is no digging required to install SENTINEL and SENTINEL does not require any plumbing modifications for installation or maintenance. Anyone with a Philips screwdriver can install this.
According to the Insurance Bureau of Canada, water damage has surpassed fire as the leading cause of personal property loss. There are many causes for sewer backflow from tree roots growing into pipes, old and broken pipes to common clogs caused by hair, cooking grease, coffee grinds, Q-tips, paper towels..just to name a few. SENTINEL is inexpensive and installs in just a couple of minutes. It guards your drain and could save you thousands of dollars in loss and damage. Ask around and you’ll find out that sewer backflows happen more often than you think.
Sewer lines are designed with ‘traps’, much the same as the traps in the drain line beneath your kitchen sink. The ‘U’ shaped trap holds water and it’s this water that prevents sewer gases from entering the home. Sewer gases will only enter the home if there is a backflow of raw sewage into the home for the lack of having a sewer backflow prevention device installed.
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