Don't Let a Finished Basement Finish You

Don't Let a Finished Basement Finish You

Steps You Can Take to Reduce Sewer and Drain Losses

When it rains, it pours, and sewers and drains can back up, filling your basement with foul-smelling water and sewage. Each year, sewer and drain backups cause millions of dollars in damage to the homes owned.

Since no one wants to experience the mess, inconvenience and out-of-pocket expenses that come with a sewer or drain backup, preventing losses from occurring is the best solution.

Make sure your drainage system is working properly.
  • Gutter downspouts should extend far enough away from the foundation of the house so that water is carried away from basement walls.
  • Your yard should be graded to slope away from the house so surface water is drained away.
  • If your gutters connect to storm sewers, keep drain lines clear.
Anti-backflow devices reduce the chances of basement flooding. Several types of devices are available.
  • Check-valve devices allow water and sewage to flow away from the drain, preventing water and sewage from backing up into the drain.
  • Gate-valve devices operate like a gate, closing and shutting off the flow of water and sewage.
  • Valves are manually or automatically operated.