Don’t Trust The “Flushable” Label

Don’t Flush Floss, Tampons, Or Even So-Called “Flushable” Wipes. They Don’t Break Down Like Toilet Paper Does & Can Come Back To Haunt You Later. “Toilets Are More Water-Efficient Now Than They Were 10-20 Years Ago, So There Sometimes Isn’t Enough Volume In The Flush To Force Debris Down.” “An Object Will Get Lodged In The Trap, Main Sewer Line & Cause Blockage When Waste Builds Up Days Later.”

A Burst Washing Machine Hose Is A Top Homeowner Insurance Claim

A & E Would Replace Those Flimsy Rubber Hoses With Stainless Steel Ones & The Hot/Cold Valves Should Be Inspected Also.

Have A & E Do A Camera Inspection Before Buying A Home

Buying A Home? Have A & E Do A Main Sewer Line Camera Inspection From The Main Stack Clean Out To The City Curb Box (City Water Turn Off Valve). Checking For Roots, Collapses & Other Problems That Typically Aren’t Visible To Home Inspectors. “A Main Sewer Line Inspection Could Save You Thousands Later In Insurance Claims For Flood Cleanup, Excavation &  Pipe Replacements.

Know Where The Main Water Shut Off Valve & Main Sewer Line Clean Outs Are Located In Your Basements

Main Water Shut Off Valve, Can Be Located At The Front, Middle Or Back Of The House In The Utility Room.

Watch Out For Long Hair

If You’ve Got A Rapunzel At Home? Buy A Drain Strainer, A Hair Snare Or Tell Them TO REMOVE THE HAIR! DO NOT LET IT GO DOWN THE DRAIN!

Protect Your Basement Before Flooding Occurs

Many Are Personally Affected By Flood Damage To Our Basements, Causing The Lose Furniture, Family Heirlooms & Other Keepsakes. Floods & Unexpected Water Levels Will Always Be A Concern For Homeowners, Especially Those With Basements. There Is Only So Much We Can Do Once Mother Nature Has Set Her Course & The City Sewage System May Not Be Able To Handle The Volume.

However, Your Basement Should Not Be Leaking & Wet Every Time It Rains. If This Is A Problem That You Are Experiencing, There Are Things That You Can Do To Protect Your Man Cave, Gym, Theater Or Storage Area. Taking The Right Precautions Can Save You Money, Time & Headaches In The Future. It May Even Help Protect Against Large, Unforeseen Natural Disasters.

Prevent Basement Flooding With These Simple Tips

Grade Your Yard Around The House Correctly.

If The Yard/Lawn Around Your House Is Grades Or Slopes Toward The House Instead Of Away From It, You Are At Risk Of Basement Flooding. When It Rains, The Water Has To Go Somewhere. Ideally, Your Yard/lawn Is Sloped So That Rainwater Runs Away From Your Walls & Toward City Streets & Gutters.

If you Take A Walk Around Your Home & Notice That Your Lawn Does In Fact Slope Toward Your Outside Walls, There Are Many Landscaping Options That You Have To Fix This. The Good Thing Is That You Can Get As Creative As You Want So That Your Solution Fits Your Design Style While Decreasing Your Flood Risk.

Try these landscaping solutions:


Extend Downspouts & Make Sure They Are Turned Away From Your Home.

Instead Of Connecting Downspouts To Your Footer Drain Or Having Them End Right Above The Ground Around Your Home. Add Some More Material So That The Water Runs Out Of The Spout Further Away From The Outside Perimeter. Be Sure To Direct It Toward Lawn Areas That Are Graded Away From Your House So That The Water Does Not Simply Flow Back Toward Your Outside Walls & Sit. Should It Do So, The Water Build-Up During Heavy Rains Will Saturate The Ground, Eventually Causing Basement Flooding.

Clean Out Your Gutters In The Spring & Fall.

Listen Up, Leaves & Sticks Add Up In Your Gutters. If You Are Not Regularly Cleaning Them Out, You Are Putting Your Home At Risk For Flooding. During A Heavy Rain, Blocked Gutters Don’t Drain Correctly, Forcing The Water To Dump Directly Below Them Onto The Foundation Around The Perimeter Of Your house. These Clogs Cause More Violent Rainfall To Hit The Ground Because The Water Is Being Forced Out With Nowhere Else To Go. This Force Pounds Your Foundation With Heavy Precipitation As If It’s Being Soaked & Seeping Into The Basement

5. Install A Sump Pump & Fullport Backwater Valve

Finally, You May Want To Put A Little Money Into Prevention So You Don’t Have To Spend A Lot On Resolution. By Installing An Automatic Sump Pump In Your Basement, You Can Keep Water Buildup From Normal Rainfall In Check & Prevent Basement Flooding.

If You’re Not Familiar, Sump Pumps Pretty Much Act Like A Big Floor Drain, Sucking Any Water Out Of Your Basement Or Out Of The Surrounding Foundation & Redirecting It Elsewhere Out Of Harm’s Way. Backup Sump Pumps Will Kick On Should The First One Go Out. For Example, There Are Battery-Operated Options That Startup If The Power Goes Out Rendering The First One Useless.

Concerned You Have a Bigger Basement Plumbing Problem? Call A & E Today

A & E Professional Emergency Plumbers Are Ready To Handle Any Issue You Throw Our Way.

A & E Worked Hard Repairing Basements After floods So A & E Understands Exactly What Can Go Wrong With Basement Sewer, Plumbing & What The Warning Signs Are. A & E Seen It All.

A & E Also Know That It’s Critical To Respond Immediately To Emergency Sewer & Plumbing Calls. That’s Why A & E Is On Call 24/7 Emergency Repairs, As Well As To Handle Speedy Replacements &/or Installations.