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John Baethke & Son Plumbing
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Overhead Sewer Systems Prevent Waste From Flooding Back In

Overhead Sewer Systems Prevent Waste From Flooding Back In

If the thought of overhead sewer pipes makes you cringe, you probably have a misunderstanding of what they are and how they can prevent contaminated water from backing up into your home. Here’s why.

What is an overhead sewer system?

To understand what an overhead sewer system is, you must first understand how a traditional sewer system works. In traditional systems, the waste from your toilet, sinks and shower flows through your plumbing to an exit pipe that is located under the bottom floor or basement of your home. The waste travels by the force of gravity through the pipes and out into your municipality’s sanitary main, commonly referred to as the town or city sewer line. Under normal circumstances, this system is functional and efficient.

With an overhead sewer system the upper-level plumbing is disconnected, and a new drain, leading outside, is installed through the foundation walls, and the new drain line is connected to the existing sewer pipe. The remaining basement drain lines are then routed to an enjector basin where either an ejector pump or grinder pump is put in to pump the waste to the overhead drain, which then drains the waste out of the home. Even though the system is called an overhead sewer system, it does not actually carry sewage over your head, unless you are in the basement. The name overhead sewer system simply means that the waste exits the home above the lowest level of the home. 

Overhead sewer systems are equipped to prevent the waste from flowing back into your home, even during heavy rains or floods. This eliminates the risk of waste from the main sanitary line from backing up and flooding your basement.

What is the advantage of an overhead sewer system?

City or town storm drains are typically connected to the main sewer drain and can fill with rainwater during heavy rains or from melting snow and ice during spring thaws. When the main sanitary line becomes filled, the water will seek the path of least resistance, which typically means it will find its way to your basement and back up through your floor drains. Because it contains both rainwater and sewage, your basement may become flooded with raw sewage. In extreme cases, the contaminated water may back up in your sink or tub or even find its way to your washer. If this happens to you, call an emergency plumber to take care of the problem.

Overhead sewer systems are equipped to prevent the waste from flowing back into your home, even during heavy rains or floods. This eliminates the risk of waste from the main sanitary line from backing up and flooding your basement. Not only does it save you the hassles of dealing with cleanup and water damage, but it also prevents exposure to raw sewage, too.

If you are ready to put a stop to annoying problems with the sewer line backing up every time it rains, contact us today. We can install a new overhead sewer system for you.