Protect your basement from flooding with an Overhead Sewer Conversion
Old neighborhoods in the Western Suburbs face an increased risk of sewer backups during this decade-long trend of record rainfall in Illinois. Chicago and it’s suburbs have a combined sewer system, 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. Rocket Plumbing & Drain Cleaning can help homeowners take a huge step to protect themselves from water damage.
Why is basement flooding an issue during heavy rainfall?
Water seeks the lowest point in a system, and in a typical older home, the lowest point of the plumbing system is on 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 an ejector pump. The pump grinds up any solid material and pumps it upward to the top of the drain stack. That means the water level of an overflowing sewer would have to raise significantly higher to escape the plumbing. This forces the city sewer main to handle the problem, saving YOUR basement from sewage.
How does the overhead sewer system handle flood protection?
The majority of homes in the Western Suburbs of Chicago are designed to use a gravity-based sewer system. This system simply and expeditiously moves wastewater 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 wastewater 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.
All of Rocket Plumbing & Drain Cleaning’s plumbers and field technicians 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 scale with our new Picote Milling machine.