Even if you had never thought of flooding before, the number of devastating natural disasters in recent years has likely caused you to pay some heed to the possibility of water damage in your home at some unknown point in time. In order to prevent sewage backup during high water and floods, it is important to plug those areas where it might rise. It is when water rises above drains, toilets, sinks and tubs that sewage backup is most likely to occur. As water overwhelms the city- or town’s sewage system, pressure builds, and your drains are likely to be a release unless they are properly stopped. It is bad enough to be suddenly seeking water damage repair service in Watsonville, CA; you don’t want to have to contend with sewage in your home as well.
Basement Drains Fortunately, those in the construction community have recognized the importance of stopping sewage drains incase of flooding and have installed special stop valves in new homes. These are referred to as back flow check valves. However, even this doesn’t alleviate all of the responsibility of the homeowner. Those valves should be checked regularly to ensure proper sealing and to inspect for cracks or breaks.
The owners of older homes will have to stop their own basement drains. It is important to think in advance about such matters. While you won’t want to leave the drain plugged constantly, you should have a plug, which fits the drain properly, on hand at all times. Chances are it will be too late to purchase a plug when the flood warnings have been issued. They sell quickly and each drain requires different sizes of plugs and different installation types. Some drains will be difficult to plug because of their proximity as well, which might call for inventive- and slightly time consuming solution. This is another reason to do these things ahead of time.
Shower Drains These will also have to be plugged in times of high water or flood situations. They obviously can’t be plugged all of the time, but again you should have materials in advance. The action you take regarding shower drains will depend on what type of shower or tub you have. Some built in drain plugs may be enough, if they can be braced in some way. That is not always easily accomplished however, so they are generally removable. This allows the homeowner to purchase and install a better back flow plug.
The overflow drains found in many tubs can also be an issue if there is a threat of sewage back up. Generally, it is possible for one to unscrew the drain cover and buy a plug that screws or bolts in its place. This will provide a proper seal.
Sinks While you are out purchasing the other plugs mentioned above, do not overlook the need for sealers in your household sinks. Rather than fuss with the drain and the overflow drain, sinks can be plugged by loosening and removing the under-the-sink PVC plumbing and sealing the drain pipe coming in from the wall or floor.
Toilets Finally, you will need to shut off the water to the toilet and flush it in order to ensure it is emptied. Plugging the toilet drain is slightly more difficult. However, taking the time to do so can save you the need for Sewer Damage Cleanup for your Santa Cruz, CA home. So, once the water is off and the toilet is empty, unbolt it from the floor. Once it is no longer secured in place, you can lift the toilet to view the drain. Before sealing, you must clean off the wax and buy a plug to fit the drain. This will be placed in the large drain pipe and tightened in place. Once this is complete, you have done your part to protect your home from sewage backup. Don’t forget when the waters have receded again that you will need a new wax ring to reinstall your toilet.
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