Main Drain (Basement Floor Drain) Backups


Whether you are a homeowner, residential or commercial buildings manager, at all cost you would like to avoid drain back up. Basement drain back is unhygienic, messy and can have far reaching consequences they can cause damage that is expensive and difficult to repair. In fact, drain back is a serious problem that should be considered a plumbing emergency- because the water has no place to go, it will definitely come back into the basement. In case you have drain backup problem, you should avoid direct contact with the drain water- wear boots and gloves and disinfect them after use.

There are many causes of basement floor overflow. Some of the most common reasons for drain back include;

  • Solid material – solid material in drain system can cause clogging, which will cause backing-up of drain water into the basement. Hair, grease, disposable diapers, sanitary napkins and garbage too large for the drainage system can cause drain back. To prevent these materials should ensure that the drainage system is covered with a fine mesh. To ensure the drain remains open to carry away waste-water, you should avoid flushing disposable diapers, rags, sanitary napkins, and paper towels.
  • Tree roots – tree roots can enter the service pipe joints and cracks blocking the flow of the water. The roots can also crack the pipes causing more damage. The only way to prevent roots from blocking the drain is cutting away any root close to the drainpipe.
  • Sewage Flooding during excessive rain – at times, the city sewage system cannot handle the storm water causing causing drain backup.

However, water in the basement is not related to the sanitary sewer system. In any case, the soil can settle at the basement to block the drain system. This is particularly very common in older buildings where cracks can develop in the floor or foundation slab allowing water to enter the basement. The basement wall and the cement floor of these buildings may have deteriorated such that they are no longer waterproof.

Ways to prevent main drain (basement drain) backups.

  • Install a backwater prevention valve-a backwater valve is a fixture that is installed into a drain line in the basement to prevent water back-flows. When properly installed and maintained, the fixture will completely prevent back flow.
  • Installing new-tough plastic line, and cutting roots periodically can prevent plastic lines- tree roots blockage.
  • Grease should be disposed properly- cooking oil should not be disposed in the drain system. After cooling, the grease solidifies in the drain causing the drain to constrict and in the end clogging.
  • Dispose products properly- disposable diapers, paper towels, and feminine products do not can block the drain system deteriorate quickly.

It is also very important to ensure you hire professional plumbing services provider. Drain backup can lead to destruction of valuables, diseases and even cause electrical malfunctions. A professional service provider services can minimize the inconveniences and even prevent further damage.

It is very important to look for professional service provider to resolve the matter once and for all. Attempting restoration on your own can also have far reaching consequences such as contracting diseases and damaging the drain system.