Anti-Backflow Valves In Flood Prevention

Anti-Backflow Valves In Flood Prevention

Drains can be overwhelmed by storm water during in flood events, which can lead to backflow in the drainage system. A drain non return valve has a single flap to prevent water backing up the drain pipe and flooding your property.

There are two types of anti-backflow valves: Retro-fit and In-Line.

Where in the drain to install an anti-backflow non return valve?

Inspection Chamber – every property needs to be connected to the drainage system, and therefore an inspection chamber is outside your property. This allows the council to inspect the drains without requiring access to your home. The inspection chamber will be approximate 350mm wide, but can be 450mm wide at the bottom. The inspection chamber can be up to 3m but the majority of inspection chambers are easily accessible and within an arms length (12-18 inches below ground level). A manhole cover will be in place which you will need to remove to access the drain pipe.


End of Pipe – if you have a drainage pipe leading to a pond, stream or river, you may want a non return valve to go over the top of the pipe. In this situation, you can install a end of pipe non return valve.


New chamber outside your property – if you cannot find an inspection chamber or the end of the drain pipe, you will need to find plans to understand where your drains are connecting into the drainage system. Once you have found the pipe call a drainage expert to discuss installing a new chamber for a non return valve.

How does the anti-backflow non return valve work?

The non return valve can be inserted into the foul pipe inside the inspection chamber. The valve has a single flap, which is in the closed position most of the time. When water leaves the property, the flap opens and will close again once the pressure has rescinded. The valve is designed open with just the pressure from the flush of a toilet. In a flood event, or a back up of water due to blocked drains, the valve is closed shut to prevent back flow. In addition, a stainless steel flap stops rats in the drains.

Size of Anti-backflow Non Return Valves

The size of the drain pipe will depend on the type of property leading to the drainage system. In the UK, the standard drain pipe sizes are:

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