Sewage backup in basement
Posted by Herb Plaxe on August 27, 1999 at 12:48:57:
I have an old house (1920s) where the basement tends to flood with sewage from the sewar system.
I don't know much about plumbing all I can tell you is that there is hole near the main drain where the
sewage seems to come out of. I found the cap for this hole and tried to seal it. However, the pressure
from the backup seems to just knock it off again. I should point out that we have a toilet in the
basement as well. I point this out bacause the plumbers we've had come over to look at the problem
keep telling us that if they plug the main drain, then the backup will come through the toilet. All
I want to know is if there is some remedy for this situation. I find it hard to believe that there is nothing
to do. Is the City responsible for this? Can I ask them to help pay for a fix?

Any help would be appreciated.

I thank you in advance.

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