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    Plumber in Previous Life sixlashes's Avatar
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    Default Precautionary Move

    According to your last post, you still have not addressed the issue of all the sewage backing up into your basement. I did not get the idea you flushed all of this water down your waste lines into the basement and I don't think you have other units in your building (a house).

    When I lived in a similar house up north, I installed a very good quality wing-nut (test) plug in the basement floor drain. Here is my reasoning: The floor drain is there to evacuate any water draining into the basement. Unless you have extensive ground water coming in, the only water you should have in the basement is from the clothes washer and/or a laundry tub. While this would be an inconvenience, this water is not a health hazard.

    On the flip side, water backing up from the street into your basement is ..., well you experienced it. I only had to clean up the city's backwash once to come to this conclusion.

    I recommend eliminating the sewage problem and taking the chance on 10 gallons of suds. There may be a real good reason why this is not solid reasoning; if not please leave a post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sixlashes View Post
    I installed a very good quality wing-nut (test) plug in the basement floor drain.
    A half way option might be a spring loaded one-way valve that installs into the floor drain. I know I've seen them on the shelves here.

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    Stand pipes are big here in Chicago for the 4" drains you put this adaptor in, then screw in a 3 foot tall pipe.

    Last edited by SewerRatz; 12-30-2008 at 08:35 PM. Reason: Fixed link to picture

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    I like that option sewer ratz. Glue that puppy in there... wait isn't the pipe cast... How do you secure that adapter in placeż

    As a sidenote isn't the customer really needing a backflow preventer on the mainlineż

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingsotall View Post
    How do you secure that adapter in place
    It's rubber. It snug fits, then when you tighten the screws, the rubber expands to grip the inside of the pipe.

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    As a sidenote isn't the customer really needing a backflow preventer on the mainline
    Yes.

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    lol. I'm sorry but it never stops being funny when I hear people say that they don't know what the water is that's coming out of the floor when they run showers and flush the toilet.

    Reminds me of when the sewer backed up on this popular bar at midnight and the bartenders were standing in 2 inches of sewage water. I was asked what that brown floating thing was on the floor and I responded, maybe it's a candy bar.

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    It's situations like these where I see the upside to having a house w/o a basement in an area where nearly everyone has a basement. I won't have the same issue unless everyone's basement was FULL of backup water first.

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