This prevents more wastewater from backing up in the pipe. Then the crew will begin the cleanup process in the affected home or business.
How can I protect my plumbing?
If the backup occurs within your home or business's private internal plumbing, however, the City cannot assume responsibility for the blockage or the necessary repairs. At that point, the customer should contact a plumbing contractor to make any repairs or changes to their private plumbing.
It is possible to prevent sewage backups with a plumbing fixture called a backwater valve, or sometimes known as a check valve or backflow valve. Backwater valves have been required in some homes by the North Carolina State Plumbing Code since the early 1930's. If you have plumbing fixtures that are below the top of the first upstream manhole, state regulations require that you have a backwater valve.
To find out if your property has a backwater valve or requires one, you can refer to your home or business's plumbing plans or you can ask the builder. A professional plumber or contractor can also tell you whether you need this device.
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