Maple Heights celebrated its 100th Anniversary in 2015, which means that much of the road, water, sewer, and electric infrastructure is 50 to 100 years also. One common problem is basement flooding when there are heavy and quick storm events. The City of Maple Heights offers the Backwater Valve Program to assist homeowners with the installation of a backwater valve on their sanitary sewer lines at single- and two-family properties.

What is a backwater valve and how does it work?

A backwater valve acts like an automatic door for your sanitary sewer line, opening to allow liquids and solids to leave your home and empty into the sanitary sewer pipes in the street and shutting to prevent liquids and solids from the sanitary sewer pipes from entering your home during storm water surges. The backwater valve is installed along your sanitary sewer line in your yard for easy access and maintenance. View the video to the right for more information about how a backwater valve generally works.

How much of the cost does the Program work?

The City will pay 60% of the cost of installing a backwater valve, or no more than $1,500.00 per property.

Program Steps

  1. Apply in writing to the Office of the City Engineer by e-mailing TK.
  2. The Office of the City Engineer will schedule a time with you to investigate the property, the flooding conditions, and make sure that the installation of a backwater valve would help your flooding conditions.
  3. You provide cost estimates to install the backwater valve on your property. Cost estimates should be provided from licensed and certified plumbing companies. The Office of the Engineer can provide a list of companies to help you in this search.
  4. The City reviews the cost estimate and confirms that the City will pay 60% of the costs or no more than $1,500.00.
  5. The Office of the City Engineer and Department of Building approve the installation of the backflow valve.
  6. You submit a bill to the City for the cost of installation of the backflow valve.