If you experience drainage problems at your home, ensure that the source of flooding is not on your property. Take steps to flood-proof your home.
What is a sanitary sewer?
A sanitary sewer is a pipe is located in the street and designed to transport wastewater from
your home. This consists of water from sanitary fixtures and floor drains inside your house as well as groundwater from weeping tiles around the foundation of your home.
What is a storm sewer?
A storm sewer is a pipe, located in the street, (if applicable) which is designed to carry storm
related water runoff. Storm sewers are normally much larger than sanitary sewers because they are designed to carry much larger amounts of flow.
What causes sewer backup?
How can a supercharged sanitary sewer cause basement flooding?
A supercharged sewer flows at a greater than normal level. Basement flooding can occur if the home has sanitary fixtures or floor drains below the supercharged level.
Downspouts and roof drainage
What can I do to prevent flooding in my home?
You may be able to do some “flood-proofing” tasks yourself, while other changes need a qualified contractor or tradesman.