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How to Prepare Your Municipal Sewers for Heavy Rainfall

Water gushing from storm sewer following very heavy rainfall

Springtime can bring heavy rainfall, which can cause municipal sewers to overflow or cause other problems to develop. This can create a public health hazard as sewage backs up and flows out onto streets, sidewalks, yards, or home and building interiors. Take steps to prepare sewers for heavy rainfall and reduce the risk of these problems. Cities and towns should encourage homeowners to do the following in order to help protect municipal sewers and their own homes from damage.

Catch Basin Cleaning

Cities and towns should have public catch basins cleaned before April showers arrive. Keeping these basins clean and free of extra debris helps prevent heavy rains from filling up and leading to flooding. Homeowners in the area can also do their part by having nearby basins drains cleared if needed. This also helps lower the risk of damage and flooding during downpours.

Clog Prevention

Preventing clogs in pipes can help reduce the risk of sewer problems during heavy rainfall. Homeowners should take steps to prevent clogs in their home, such as keeping certain items out of drains and toilets. For example, homeowners should avoid pouring grease and flushing wipes, tissues, and other products down drains. Cleaning bathroom drains on a regular basis can also help reduce the risk of clogged pipes. When drains become clogged, this can affect sewer pipes and raise the risk of flooding when it rains. Homeowners should also have professional plumbers clear drains if using a plunger or snake doesn’t work. Check out our handy list of products that are safe to use.

Gutters and Downspouts

Gutters and downspouts should not be connected directly to the sanitary sewer system. While this used to be done, it’s now considered illegal in some areas. Homes and buildings should not have these systems connected to sewer systems. If they are connected, they should be disconnected. Making sure this is done prior to adverse weather helps lower the risk of sewer problems during storms.

Sewer Leak Repairs

Leaks in home sewer pipes can lead to major problems for municipal sewer systems. Homeowners should have these leaks repaired to help prevent more widespread damage from occurring due to overflows. These leaks occur when sewer pipes develop cracks or other openings, which allows groundwater and roots to get in. This groundwater can enter the main sewer system and cause overflows to occur. When heavy rains are expected, this increases the chance of having overflows or flooding occur. Homeowners should check for signs of sewer pipe leaks, such as sewage odors, puddling in yards, high water bills, and slow drains. Contact us to learn about our trenchless pipeline services. We offer economical solutions to your sewer and pipe issues without having to dig into the ground. 

Sump Pumps

Having a sump pump installed is another important part of protecting municipal sewers from rain. Sump pumps prevent flooding and keep homes dry. They also remove moisture from basements, reducing the risk of water damage and potentially mold from growing inside the pipes. 

If you need repairs, maintenance, or other sewer services, please contact us at Eastern Pipe or call us at 1-800-649-3877. Be proactive and prevent costly repairs later on. 

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