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How To Remedy Sewer Backup After a Storm

9/16/2020 (Permalink)

Image of a cartoon showing a flooded basement You can prevent a flooded basement

Basements can be used for many purposes. Some families use them as utility rooms, storage or extra living space. If a heavy storm hits your city, however, a flooded basement can result in serious damage and render it temporarily useless. There are several reasons why this can happen and a few things you can do to prevent or resolve the issue.

Facts About Sewer Backup After a Storm And How To Prevent It.

Why Does It Happen?

Ideally, the sewage system in West Valley City, UT, has the capacity to handle rainstorms. Sometimes, however, certain problems can lead to sewage backing up into people's homes:

  • Extra runoff from new development
  • Flooding of municipal sewer system
  • Open flow from perimeter foundation drain of older houses
  • Multiple clogs or sewer issues in several homes in the area


When every home in your neighborhood is hooked up to the same system, a few problems in one section can cause damage in others. Unfortunately, you cannot control what other people do to protect their sewer lines, but you can take certain measures yourself to prevent a flooded basement.

What Can You Do About It?

The best solution is prevention. If your home has an exterior foundation drain, you can install an interior system and connect it to a sump pump to head flooding off at the pass. To do your part to keep from overtaxing the municipal sewer system, talk to your landscaper and city authorities about better drainage solutions for the runoff from your property. If the sewer does back up into your basement, don't ignore the damage or try to clean it up yourself. Call certified flood mitigation experts to ensure that the cleanup is timely and thorough. This helps you avoid additional damage such as bacteria spread and mold growth.

You can't control how quickly the city's sewer system fills up during a heavy storm. You can, however, prevent a flooded basement and do your part to avoid adding to the problem.

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