Overhead Sewer System Conversion in Chicago & Lombard, IL
An overhead sewer system raises the lowest opening in a home’s plumbing to be well above the level of an overflowing sewer, which prevents water and sewage from escaping the system and causing a mess.
Protect your basement from flooding with an Overhead Sewer Conversion
Save Your Basement From Flooding!
Save Your Man-Cave With An Overhead Sewer Conversion!
“The Overhead Sewer Conversion will prevent major flooding damage from affecting your basement or cellar. It is the top solution going right now to counter Chicago’s decade long rainfall trend that has been stressing our plumbing systems.” – Brian McMahon, Rocket Plumbing
Older Chicago neighborhoods face an increased risk of sewer backups during this decade long trend of record rainfall in Illinois. Rocket Plumbing can help homeowners take a huge money saving step to protect themselves from water damage… the worst kind, in fact.
Chicago has a combined sewer system in many places, which means that rainwater is collected into the same underground pipes that carry sewage.
During heavy rains, the volume of water can exceed the capacity of the sewers, causing the water level to rise and back up into homes – sometimes bringing along raw sewage.
The most reliable method to deal with sewer backups is installing an “overhead” sewer system
Water seeks the lowest point in a system, and in a typical older home, the lowest point of the plumbing system is in the floor of the basement or cellar. An overhead sewer system is designed to raise the lowest point in a home’s plumbing to be well above even an overflowing sewer.
Part of the conversion is any plumbing in the basement or cellar is disconnected from the main sewer and rerouted to a catch basin with a grinder pump. The pump grinds up any solid material and pumps it upward to the top of the tall pipe. That means the water level of an overflowing sewer would have to build significantly higher to escape the plumbing. All this allows the manholes to handle the problem, saving YOUR basement from sewage.
Plumbing problems like backed up sewer drains can result in extensive property damage and painfully costly repairs. To prevent such a headache like clogged sewer drains and overflowing toilets, it’s important to have regular maintenance performed by a competent plumber like a qualified Rocket Plumbing sewer and drain specialist.
All of Rocket Plumbing’s Chicago plumbers are certified, experienced, and trained to handle any drain cleaning project, from unclogging the main sewer line with our Hydro Jet, to tackling an outside sewer line cleanout of Roots, Corrosion, or Rust with our new Picote Milling machine (See below).
What’s the Difference Between a Normal Sewer and an Overhead Sewer?
The majority of Chicago homes is designed to use a gravity based sewer system. This system simply and expeditiously moves waste water down into the main sewer line. Unfortunately, these tried and true system designs have a blind spot. It can make it easier for your basement to flood.
An Overhead Sewer System solves this problem by moving your home’s sewer pipe from below the basement, where waste water can get trapped, to above ground. This upgrade to your current system prevents one of the most awful types of water damage… sewage backed up by an overflowing city sewer.
Your Ejector Pump/Sump Pump system is still a necessary part of this system.
Why not call Rocket Plumbing now for a FREE Ejector Pump/Sump Pump system inspection? We can not only discuss an Overhead Sewer System Conversion upgrade, but also let you know more about the City of Chicago’s Private Drain Repair program, which can offer you generous rebates to repair any sewer drain that you would normally have to pay for.