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Water Backup and Sump Pump Overflow

Each year, sewer and drain backups cause millions of dollars in damages.  Waste water normally backs up through bathrooms, kitchens & laundry rooms, floor drains, and sump pump holes.  Clean-up can be costly and must be done carefully because of potential harmful contaminants.  Making sure your drainage system is working properly can save thousands of dollars in clean up and construction repairs.

Here are a few tips that can save you from the headache of water backup:

  • Seal all foundation cracks to prevent surface water from entering the basement.
  • Gutters & downspouts should extend at least 10’ from the foundation.
  • Lawns and driveways should slope away from the home.
  • Backflow inhibitors installed on drain lines can stop the backflow of sewage and waste water.
  • Sump pumps should not be connected to the home’s sewage or drain lines.
  • Use a sump pump that can also be operated by battery backup or a generator.

If a backup occurs, use the proper precautions before clean up begins:

  • Put on gloves, eye protection, and face masks to protect against pathogens.
  • Disinfect all surfaces, washing your hands frequently.
  • Properly ventilate and dry the exposed areas by using floor fans, air scrubbers, and dehumidifiers.

If the loss is extensive or beyond your control, water clean-up experts are trained to deal with this type of loss.  Call Strickler Insurance at 717-273-2641 for a list of recommended vendors.

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