If you’ve ever experienced flooding in your basement after heavy rainfall, you’ll know that there’s more than just water damage to deal with. Sewer backup claims typically involve sewage/wastewater- a health hazard that can be very costly to clean up properly. One indication that its sewer backup is the smell there is usually a very […]

If you’ve ever experienced flooding in your basement after heavy rainfall, you’ll know that there’s more than just water damage to deal with. Sewer backup claims typically involve sewage/wastewater- a health hazard that can be very costly to clean up properly. One indication that its sewer backup is the smell there is usually a very strong/foul odor associated with the water from sewer backup.

How To Protect Your Property From Sewer Backup

Here are 4 ways to prevent basement floods due to sewer backups:

One-way drain plug protection
  1. Floor Drain Plug: One-way drain plugs can be installed below floor drain grates that prevent water from backing up due to overloaded sewers. Once the sewer conditions return to normal, a special float is deactivated, and water can return through the opening. One-way plugs are relatively inexpensive and often are the simplest preventative solution. A regular commercial plug can be used to completely seal off a drain; however, will prevent proper drainage in the case of a burst pipe or overflowing laundry machine. When using a one-way drain plug, be sure that the float mechanism is always free from any debris that could prevent it’s proper function.
  2. Standpipe: A standpipe is basically an ordinary pipe stuck in the floor drain, surrounded by a watertight rubber seal. Any water that rises out of the drain goes into the pipe, not out on the floor unless the backup is so deep that it goes over the top of the pipe, typically 3 feet or so. When flood conditions are no longer a threat, the standpipe can be removed, allowing any water spillage to drain.
    Standpipe protection
  3. Overhead Sewer: An overhead sewer is the most foolproof protection against basement flooding, but also the most costly. Any overflow is collected in a space below floor level known as a sump, where water is pumped into overhead pipes, where it can then drain into the building’s main sewage line. Installing an overhead sewer can require a Green Apple plumber and a building permit.
  4. Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical are the experts you can trust. We have been serving the New Jersey area for years with professionalism and expertise. Customer service and care are always our number one priorities. If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of your HVAC or plumbing needs feel free to call toll-free at 888-611-7191
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