No one expects to walk into a room, only to find that it is filled with stinky sewer odor. If your sewer is not properly maintained, though, this has been known to happen. Especially during poor weather conditions, which can lead to your main lines being overloaded and backwater flooding into your household.
Sewer backups are also known to happen if things like grease, excess waste, or even tree roots plug up the line that is running into your household. It is important to avoid pouring grease and other caustic substances down your drain.
Regardless of what the cause is, however, here are a few ways to prevent sewer backups and basement flooding in the future:
- Install a floor drain plug: Plugging the floor drain, where most backups and floods happen, is the simplest way to prevent a basement flood. The best kind of plugs includes floats that allow any standing water to drain out of your basement. The cheapest version, which is simply rubber plugs, prevent water from flowing in either direction—picking that kind means you’d be stuck with standing water.
- Use a standpipe: A standpipe is actually two pieces: a metal “donut” with a rubber gasket and a pipe that’s stuck in the middle. A 3-foot pipe suffices in the vast majority of cases; only with major floods will you get enough of a back-up to “blow” the pipe.
- Install a backup valve: A backup valve is installed during construction in a manhole in the yard so there’s less disruption and you don’t have to worry about pipes breaking under the basement floor. When the sewer backs up, the valve shuts tight and doesn’t allow water to flow through. The best part about this is that it’s fully automatic and can even work during surface flooding.
You shouldn’t have to worry about your basement flooding. Give the plumbing experts at T.Webber a call today!