What can be done about sewer backups?

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TPTB continue to talk about disruptions of sewer & water...What can be done about sewer backup (street/basement/toilets?)

-- mmmm (mmmm@mmmm.com), November 23, 1999


I am listing some info that was posted before by Ashton and Leska


sewage questions



calling all plumbers!How do you stop your toilet and drains from backing up?


-- Maggie (aaa@aaa.com), November 24, 1999.

Sorry I'm getting sleepy.I put = (by mistake) between q-and-a- fetch- on one of the links,replace with what is shown above .

-- Maggie (aaa@aaa.com), November 24, 1999.

I am worried about this, too. I found a plumber's balloon at Home Depot that will inflate by air or water. You can connect with a bicycle pump and block the pipe that way. I have access in my driveway to my sewer line.

My remaining concern is: when to block the pipes? The sewer plant is 1/4 mile from me and runs on natural gas. I suppose if my gas goes out, so will theirs. That's when I plan to inflate the balloon and start using a porta-potty.

I don't even want to consider what I would do if neighbor waste ends up in my house! Thoughts of cholera . . . Oooooog.

-- Margaret J (janssm@aol.com), November 24, 1999.

If you have a clean-out on the outside of your
house, you can take the plug off the top. This
is a 3" black ABS pipe within 5' feet of your
foundation. You do not want to leave it open
as it will constantly give off methane. This
is only if you think there will be a problem.
The top of this pipe is lower than any fixture
in the house unless you have a basement. Sewage
will come out this pipe if there is a backup but
it is better than coming into your house.

-- spider (spider0@usa.net), November 24, 1999.

From: Y2K, ` la Carte by Dancr (pic), near Monterey, California

Here are some old theads on this that I found:

OK to Flush? and If the toilet backs up due to Y2k problems at the Sewer Plant.

In my personal situation, I think the possibility of sewer backup problems are very slight. Never-the-less, I installed a check valve, backflow preventer.

-- Dancr (addy.available@my.webpage), November 24, 1999.

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