As is common in our neck of the woods, and indeed many of Chicago’s suburbs, our house has flooded in the past. But there are two kinds of floods. The first is a result of groundwater seeping in from over-saturated soils and drain tiles or overflowing sump pumps; let’s call this the “good” kind of flood. The second is a result of an overwhelmed municipal sewer system that backs up through basement floor drains, showers or toilets; let’s call that the sh*tty kind.
At least once upon a time, our mid-century house flooded. We know there was at least one big sh*tty flood after 1980, before the completion of Chicago’s Deep Tunnel Project. Who knows if we’d experience a sewage back up again?
DH put it to me this way, “How much would you pay to guarantee you will never have to clean up someone’s poop from our basement?”
Thinking it an unlikely scenario (I’m optimistic like that), I capped the amount at under $3,000. The husband capped it closer to $15K.
He does have a point.
And now we have a new overhead sewer system, plus a sump pit and an ejector pit in our basement.
Gone is the silvery old cracked sewer stack which leaked out just a teensy bit of poopy water (pictured above).
And now, after Day 1 of a 3-day install, we’ve got this snazzy 4-inch PVC running the length of our entire basement. Yes, it willsoon be filled with freshly flushed toilet water, so let’s hope it doesn’t leak!
On a lighter side, we look pretty cool with this parked in our driveway.
Updated 10/16/11 to add. What do overhead sewers look like? See our YouTube video about them.
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