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4 Ways To Prevent a Sewer Backup in Your Basement

9/17/2020 (Permalink)

Image of a couch and a lamp floating in a flooded living room. Flooded home due to heavy storms.

The fall brings the worst storms of the years. If you live in places prone to flooding, then this is particularly worrying because it can lead to sewage backup. While you can have a sewer restoration company on speed-dial for sewer cleaning, it is often better to prepare your home for the inevitable storm damage that may occur. There are at least four ways you can prevent backups in your home.

4 Ways To Prevent Sewer Backups 

1. Drain Plugs

It is no secret that the most vulnerable entry point for sewage floods in the basement or lower level floor drain. You can install a floor drain plug as a cost-effective preventative. These easy to install devices are secured under your drain cover, and when water or sewage begins to back up the drain, a ball, teardrop-shaped, plugs the hole and prevents it.

2. Backwater Valve

A backflow prevention valve or backwater valve is installed away from the building. The valve is placed on the drainage pipe just outside of a residence. It is a one-way valve, which means that anything trying to flow back up the line will not be permitted to pass because the valve closes automatically. These devices should be installed by a professional plumbing service in Salt Lake City, UT. 

3. Overhead Sewer

An overhead sewer is likely the most effective tool against a sewage backup, but it is also the most expensive. The system works by using a sump pump to intercept sewage and force it to an ejector pump, which then launches the sewage to a check valve and pipe above flood level. The system keeps the sewage out of your basement and in the pipe system until the flood levels receded.

4. Standing Pipe

A standpipe is a simple preventive for minor floods. It is quite literally a pipe sitting in your floor drain and connected with a watertight seal. Any sewage flows into the line where it is held until sewage levels recede.

If you are concerned about the fall storm season causing a sewage backup, then contact a local mitigation company to discuss the above preventatives. While some are DIY friendly, most require professional help.

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