Flood Plan Components: Protect yourself from sewer backups

Floods February 25, 2011 Print Friendly and PDF

Flood Plan Components

Protect Yourself from Sewer Backups

Be prepared for sewer backups. When rivers rise, pipes carrying treated sewage back up. In fact, river or creek water can flow back into sewer pipes, causing the contents of the pipes to flow backward into toilets and out into buildings.

One option for avoiding backups is to install shut-off valves that prevent sewage and water from back flowing onto the property. Before installing a shut-off valve, always obtain the appropriate permission and permits to retrofit the plumbing.

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