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    This 4" test plug is holding back thousands of gallons of town sewerage from flooding out a finished basement..... As you can see it's part of a backwater valve minus the flapper which was taken out probably because it's not legal in this state and is used just as a cleanout.


    Got the call this morning from the home owner who noticed the sound of a alarm coming from this pit upon lifting the cover saw standing water and called me... when I got there it just reached the top of the pit.. on the same level ( basement ) I was able to insert my pump into a shower drain and pump it out the window... after about 10 minutes noticed the water level has not dropped went out to check the street sewer from a manhole and it's backed up.

    While the homeowner was trying to get a hold of the sewer department which won't be able to make it till Monday morning.... I was able to rip the plastic cover off with a claw hammer ( it was only held down by one bolt ) and jam a test plug in and blow it up... ( to stop the back flow ) and was able to pump it down from the shower... I figured the water alarm which was submerged and no good now saved his finished basement.


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    Good news test plug held.... was down there at the crack of dawn to meet the town sewer dept who showed up with there Vac On to jet the line..... water level rose about 5' in the invert since yesterday and the town did tell me they have had problems with the line in the past.

    I silicone'd and lagged with fender washers the cover down and recommended to the home owner replace with the proper backwater valve because it's going to be a reacurring problem. and might be a good idea to add drain backup coverage to his home owners policy.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by drainman scott View Post
      Good news test plug held.... was down there at the crack of dawn to meet the town sewer dept who showed up with there Vac On to jet the line..... water level rose about 5' in the invert since yesterday and the town did tell me they have had problems with the line in the past.

      I silicone'd and lagged with fender washers the cover down and recommended to the home owner replace with the proper backwater valve because it's going to be a reacurring problem. and might be a good idea to add drain backup coverage to his home owners policy.



      What kind of town doesn't come out after hours or weekend?

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      • Bob D.
        Bob D. commented
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        One that doesn't care about their residents I guess.

      • AssTyme
        AssTyme commented
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        Yeah no kidding...

    • #4
      It all depends on the town, this one today contracts all there street sewer work to a private company so whatever policy they have after hours ? Some towns will charge the homeowner couple hundred bucks if they come out and the clog is not in there line.... and until recently the town I live in use to clear the home owners line for free with there municipal rods if they had access and give free 2 pounds of root X if they had roots..

      So i guess it all depends on the municipal.

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      • #5
        Scott what kind of pump do you use for pumping out of basements like that ? I had an old harbor freight pump which lasted us actually a really long time, but it finally died and I need to replace it. Any suggestions ? Thanks

        Andrew

        been gone a while, I’m back

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        • #6
          Welcome Back ... That job I used a transfer pump , I stuck the suction end down the P trap of the shower drain & pumped into barrels & left it for the homeowner since he had teenage girls .

          I have many pumps from my small utility to 3 " gas powered semi trash pump .. Some service calls the homeowner or landlord will ask me to clean the overflow , what I do then in conjunction with my wet vac I dump contents of wet vac into a barrel with the pump in the barrel ( old Zoeller ) and pump it back into the drain ... I use long hoses ( 20 ' RIDGID ones ) and the exhaust port on the vac run a hose into a drain with a coupling I made so the exhaust from the vac isn't stinking up the whole place.

          I have a couple Drummonds from Harbor Freight and work fine

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          • #7
            Thanks. Ok let’s say you go to snake a main line and there is no clean out. It’s a ranch I normally would go on the roof but its covered in snow and ice. Toilet is full but only option to clean the line. You have to pull the toilet but it’s full of mostly water and little pieces of toilet paper etc. What’s the best way to deal with that ? To empty the toilet so I can pull it ? Thanks

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            • #8
              In that case you want the drain the water below the toilet flange .. I use a 3 gallon corded RIDGID shop vac , it's compact . You can vacuum the water from the toilet or if it's a full bath the shower / tub drain before pulling the toilet.

              Sometimes the 3 gallon isn't enough and needs to be emptied , I empty into 5 gallon buckets and most of the time pour it back into the toilet once the drain is clear . One other thing remember to put down something to protect the floor especially if its tile . I use moving blankets from Harbor Freight

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