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Question DetailsAsked on 5/24/2011

Preventing sewer from backing up

Recently we had about 7 inches of rainfall in Brookfield (where I have lived for 22 years). The basement of my home is finished and I have wall to wall carpeting, bathroom, laundry room, work area and so forth. I also have a sump pump and until this year have never had a problem with water in my basement (even though we have had this amount of rainfall twice in the past). According to the Village, the amount of rain water overwhelmed the sewers and that caused water to back up from the sewer lines. It happened to many residents (there were other types of flooding as well). In my home which was built in 1924, we have two sewer lines that are gravity fed and run under the concrete basement floor out to the west side of my home and into the below-the -street sewer lines. We have replaced both of those sewer lines from within the home to the street and we installed check valves. In spite of the new pipes and check valves, the water backed up past the check valves and flooded my basement. What if anything can be done to prevent that backflow of sewer water in the future?

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You can also do an overhead sewer this is most commonly used to prevent back flow from our satisfied customers, install drain tile as well with a sump pump this will keep the water out of your basement- for the sewage do an overhead

Mcdonagh & sons plumbing& sewer inc

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