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Basement Flooding In Olathe and what causes it

Basement flooding OlatheBasement Flooding In Olathe and what causes it .
Causes of basement flooding on private property

There are a number of reasons why Olathe basements flood. Flooding can occur:

When storm water or ground water seeps into the home (drainage failure):
A crack or leak in your home’s foundation, basement walls, or basement windows or door.
Poor lot grading or drainage
Failure of the weeping tile system (foundation drains)
Failure of a sump pump (in some homes) used to pump weeping tile water.
Overflowing gutters
Leaking or plugged downspouts
From a sewer backup:
When waste water from the sanitary system or a combination of waste water and stormwater from the combined sewer system back up into the property, usually through fixtures tied to the sanitary sewer lateral, including the floor drain, toilets, sinks, showers and laundry fixtures located in the basement.
A sewer backup can result from a blocked connection between your home and the main sewer in the street, a sewer main backup or when the sewer system becomes overwhelmed with stormwater.
Understanding Toronto’s sewer system

There are three types of sewers in Olathe:

Sanitary sewer: The sanitary sewer, which carries wastewater (sewage), is connected to a home’s plumbing (toilets, sinks, laundry, floor drain etc.) and leads to a wastewater treatment
Storm sewer: The storm sewer collects stormwater from catchbasins (street drains), connected downspouts, weeping tiles (in many areas of the city) and carries these flows into nearby watercourses, and ultimately into Lake Ontario.
Combined sewer: In older parts of the city, stormwater and sewage are collected in the same pipe known as a combined sewer. During normal weather conditions, all the waste water in the combined sewer is treated at the waste water treatment plant.

What can an Olathe homeowner do to prevent flooded basements ?

Stop the flood before it starts

Here are some steps you can take to reduce the likelihood of basement flooding.

What you can do outside the house

Seal cracks or openings in walls, floors, windows and foundations, and seal all window wells.
Clear eavestroughs and downspouts of leaves and other debris that prevent proper drainage.
Disconnect your downspouts from the sewer system, where feasible (without negatively affecting neighbouring properties or creating an area where water will pool on a sidewalk or driveway) .
Make sure your disconnected downspouts are draining properly, ideally two metres (six and a half feet) from your foundation’s walls.
Ensure the grading around your home slopes away from the foundation wall to help drain water away from your home (without negatively affecting neighbouring properties).
Increase the green space around your home with native plants and shrubs and install porous pavement to help absorb rainwater and melted snow.
Repair/replace damaged weeping tile systems.
Clear debris from roadside catchbasins (grates) to help water enter the stormsewer. (If it is safe to do so.)
Ensure drainage swales (shallow ditch) between properties are maintained and clear of obstructions.

What you can do inside the house

Ensure that your plumbing and drainage systems are in good working condition. Homeowners are responsible for the plumbing from the property line to inside the home.
Part of reducing the risk of basement floods is to understand how your plumbing and foundation drainage systems work and how to maintain them. Every home is different and homes over time have been built with different building practices and building codes. Some of what you should know about your home, includes:
Know the location and condition of your sewer lateral (the pipe that connects the plumbing in your home to the main line on the street).
Find out if you have a storm sewer lateral (pipe) and if so the location and condition of it.
Find out if you have a backwater valve or sump pump, and if so, how to maintain them. Understand what is needed to keep a sump pump operational during power outages.
Find out if you have weeping tiles and if so, their condition and where they are connected. (A weeping tile is a perforated pipe that runs around the perimeter of your foundation to intercept groundwater. The weeping tile gives the groundwater a place to go. Where it goes depends on the type of foundation drainage system your home has.)
To understand some of these elements of your home, you may want to hire a licensed plumber who can conduct specialized testing or inspection, often through video camera inspection.

Once you understand your plumbing and drainage systems, you also have to maintain them.
Fix cracks, blockages or other condition problems.
Avoiding creating clogs:
Toilets are not for trash. Do not flush down the toilet items such as dental floss, personal care products (including “flushable” wipes), condoms, tampons, razor blades or anything which can block the sanitary pipe.
Never pour any fats, oils, and grease down the drain.
Hire a City-licensed and qualified plumber to install a backwater valve and a properly-sized sump pump and piping. Ensure the proper and regular maintenance of basement flooding devices in your home.Sump pumps need power to operate, so consider installing a back-up power source.
Seal cracks or openings in walls, floors, windows and foundations, and seal all window wells.

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