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Flood control fixes

7/6/2020 (Permalink)

Flood control fixes you can make to help manage storm water runoff and prevent flood damage to your home:

* A sump pump is often the most convenient flood control when geography insists on flooding your basement. Sump pumps work by digging a shallow pit in the basement and a small pump is placed inside. As water collects in the pit during storms, it is pumped through tubing outside the home. Different sump pumps have different capacities, so it's important to use the correct one for the job and that it gets enough power.

* Fix the sewer back-up threat. If the storm water backing up combined sewers in your area is a constant threat, consider installing a full port backwater valve onto your home's sewer line. This valve opens only one way - away from your home. During backups, the backwater valve closes to prevent water from entering your home. Of course, during backups, the back-water valve will reduce water flowing out from your home so remember to avoid taking showers, running the washing machine, or using the dishwasher. Backwater valves must be installed by a qualified plumber.


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