Laundry tubs backing up


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Old 04-20-17, 07:44 PM
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Laundry tubs backing up

We had quite a bit of rain today with flooding in areas and I just noticed that my Laundry tubs are backing up. It never happened before and I'm pretty sure it's due to all the rain but should I just leave it overnight and see if it goes down or should I do something about it now?
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Old 04-20-17, 08:01 PM
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That would be an indication that you have a septic system that is currently flooded.
Is that correct.... you have a septic system ?
 
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Old 04-21-17, 07:32 AM
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Thanks for the reply PJmax. No I don't have a septic system. I have public sewers. But this morning they went down to normal. I'm assuming that it was the flooding in the area.
 
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Old 04-21-17, 09:50 AM
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Do you have any storm drains or gutters emptying into sewer lines?
 
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Old 04-21-17, 10:10 AM
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You're probably right, and good that it went down... but I would be very concerned any time the city sewer backs up into my house. It's bad enough when you have a clog and it backs up your own waste, it's REALLY bad when other waste is ending up in your house.

I would contact your city/town water department and see what they have to say about it. If it happened once, it could very well happen again, and you don't want it to be worse next time. They may need to do some maintenance on their lines, or you may want to explore installing a backflow valve.
 
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Old 04-21-17, 11:02 AM
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I'm on city sewer and am located pretty high in the town I live in so I doubt that I would ever have a backup problem but there are those in town that live in developments in low lying areas with their own "development wide? sewage lift stations. Those people are at the mercy of a problem lift pump and to a certain extent weather.

Definitely check further into your system. Check with immediate neighbors and see if they have the same issue.

Like Z mentioned... you may need to invest in a backflow prevention valve.
This is just one example.... Fullport Backwater Valve - Mainline
 
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Old 04-21-17, 01:01 PM
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I attached a pic of my setup under my laundry tubs. Name:  UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_d8.jpg
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Let me know if you can see it. But, I have a backup valve (that I installed myself - replacing the same one that was there before) but that just prevents the water from backing up into the laundry tubs, which I did not want to happen.I'd rather let the water backup into the laundry tubs than backup further up the line into the kitchen sink! To prevent a backup totally, I would have to install a back flow valve in the main line which would be quite cumbersome! What would the solution be on the Towns end?
Thanks a lot for all the feedback!
 
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Old 04-23-17, 07:32 PM
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Yeah... I see what you did. It's totally wrong code-wise, but I understand why it's set up like that.

I've heard of some towns that run into backup issues end up paying for backflow prevention valves in homeowner's houses. They don't want backups to happen any more than you do.
The better solution is for them to fix whatever's wrong with their sewer pipes.

Give them a call and see what they say. They should send someone out to take a look - and try to talk to the technician who comes out. They are usually quite friendly and hopefully helpful (and often times a lot more helpful than the call center person on the other end of the phone)
 
 

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