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How to Prevent a Sewer Backup Caused by Heavy Rains

This past March, numerous residents in the greater Columbus area experienced how heavy rains led to sewer backups, especially in basements. While many of us were fortunate enough to make it through March with dry basements, we might not always be so lucky. That’s why it’s important to understand how sewer backups happen and how to prevent them.


When there are heavy rains or rapid snowmelt, an abundance of water and debris end up in municipal sanitary sewers, which overloads the sewer system. If it's more water than the sewer system can handle, excess water can flow backward into your home's sewer line and subsequently overflow into your basement. If your neighborhood is prone to sewage backups, there are effective options for preventing this problem.


Install Check Valves to Prevent Flooding

Have a plumber install check valves on your floor drains and all of your basement plumbing fixtures. A check valve lets water run out of the drain as designed but prevents water from flowing back into the drain. Having check valves in place should keep gray water and sewage from creeping up through your floor drains or into your plumbing fixtures if the municipal sewers get overwhelmed during a severe storm.

Install a Sump Pump to Remove Flood Water

Installing a sump pump is a smart way to protect your basement if a flood ever occurs. To determine which type and model of sump pump will best suit your needs, always involve a professional. For instance, gray water sump pumps move used household water out when gravity is unable to, whereas groundwater sump pumps help keep excess underground water from seeping up into your home.

Aside from protecting your home from flooding and water damage, sump pumps can also protect your home’s foundation. If the soil around your home gets soggy, it becomes unstable, and if the weather gets cold enough, the wet soil will freeze and expand against your foundation--sometimes forcefully enough to crack it. A sump pump can remove that excess water around your foundation and help keep the soil there drier and more stable.

If you need help with any sewer or drain problems in the Columbus area, contact The Rooter Works Plumbing and Drains today: (614) 412-3324.