SEWAGE BACKFLOW VALVE INSTALLATION
DEVELOP AN EMERGENCY COMMUNICATION
DURING A FLOOD WATCH
DURING A FLOOD
DURING AN EVACUATION
BEFORE A FLOOD
out if you live in a flood-prone area from your local emergency management
agency and by finding out the flood history of your area..
-Find out whether your property is above or below
-Be aware of your community's warning system
flood preparation literature and start putting the information
-If you live in an area that is frequently prone
to flooding, stockpile emergency building materials,
including plywood, plastic sheeting, lumber nails, hammer
and saw, pry bar, shovels, and sandbags.
-Have check valves installed in building sewer
traps to prevent flood waters from backing up in sewer
-As a last resort, use large corks or stoppers
to plug showers, tubs, or basins.
-Have an evacuation plan and route. Be sure to
practice the evacuation procedures before a true emergency
occurs. Find out what the community's evacuation plan is from
the local emergency management agency. This should contain
the safest routes to shelters. Make sure that you have several
route planned, in case the first and/or second choices are
-Have disaster supplies on hand.
battery-operated radio and extra batteries
aid kit and manual
food and water
and credit cards
Prevent Sewage Backflow By Installing
Sewage Backflow Valves
Once you have determined that your home is in an area that
has a significant flooding threat, you should think about
installing sewage backflow valves. These valves stop sewage
from reentering your home due to sewage system backups that
are caused by floods. If these types of valves are not in
place, sewage can backup through toilets and drains, causing
quite a mess and introducing harmful bacteria into your home.
Backflow valves come in a variety of types and range in complexity
– from simple flap valves to complex gate valves. Although
gate valves provide the stronger defense against backflow,
these valves must be initiated by hand. This could be a hindrance
to flood conditions that develop with little warning. The
simple flap valve works by opening when sewage is moving the
right direction, and slapping shut when it moves in the wrong
direction. The flap valve works automatically, but does not
have as tight of a seal as the gate valve. There are many
that have a combination of both valves as well.
must be done by a licensed plumber or contractor to be done
according to legal codes for the safety of you and your family.Gate
valves are more expensive, usually running from $500-$600.
Flap valves usually run the price range of $375-$475. Ask
a plumber or contractor as to which kind would be most beneficial
to you. Valves should be installed on all pipes that leave
the house or that are connected to equipment that is below
the potential flood level. So valves may be needed on washing
machine drain lines, laundry sinks, fuel oil lines, rain downspouts,
and sump pumps, as well as sewer/septic connections. If you
have a sump pump, it may be connected to underground drain
lines. These are very difficult to seal off.
backflow valve installation is not a cheap fix, it is an invaluable
investment when flooding is a problem in your area. A little
money spent now could save a lot of money and headaches in
an emergency communication plan
the family be separated during a flood or flash flood, have
a plan to meet up at a designated location, and/or a way to
communicate with each other.
-Arrange with an out-of-state relative or friend
to serve as a designated contact person, due to it being easier
to call long distance than locally after a disaster.
Make sure everyone in the family knows the name, address,
and phone number of the contact person.
-Make sure that all family members know how to respond
after a flood or flash flood.
-Teach all family members how and when to turn
off gas, electricity, and water.
-Teach children how and when to call 9-1-1, police,
fire department, and which radio station to tune to for emergency
-Learn about the National Flood Insurance Program.
-Ask your insurance agent about flood
insurance. Homeowners policies do not cover flood damage.
A FLOOD WATCH
-Listen to local TV and radio stations for
the latest storm information.
-Have a battery operated radio available in case
of loss of power so that you can continue to monitor the situation.
bathtubs, sinks, and jugs with clean water in case water becomes
-Bring outdoor belongings, such as patio furniture,
time allows move all valuable items from lower floors to higher
you are instructed to do so by local authorities, turn off
all utilities at the main switch and close the main gas
prepared to evacuate.
on battery-operated radio or television to get the latest
-Get your preassembled emergency supplies.
-If told to leave, do so immediately.
to high ground and stay there.
-Avoid walking through any floodwaters. If it
is moving swiftly, even water 6 inches deep can sweep you
off your feet.
If In A Car:
you come to a flooded area, turn around and go another way.
your car stalls, abandon it immediately and climb to higher
ground. Many deaths have resulted from attempts to move
DURING AN EVACUATION
-If advised to evacuate, do so immediately.
that evacuation will be simpler and safer if you do so when
you are advised.
a battery operated radio available to listen to further evacuation
not try to take short cuts. They may be blocked. Stick to
designated evacuation routes.
-Leave early enough to avoid being marooned by
The American Red Cross