The house basements are vulnerable to the water intrusion. It may be flooded even if nothing like this has ever happened before. The most feasible causes of water intrusion in your house are strong rains, snow melting and spring thaws. This article tells about potential reasons for basement flooding, precautions against it, and measures in case it already happened.
THE TOP CAUSES OF BASEMENT FLOODING
The flooding of the basement mainly happens due to the following reasons:
1. A crack or leakage in the foundation, basement wall or basement windows or door;
2. Drainage system issues
3. Failure of sump pump
4. Overflowing of eavestroughs
5. Leakage or plugging of downspouts
6. Backup from a sewer
While flooding, wastewater or combination of waste and rainwater gets inside the house via toilets, kitchen sinks, showers, laundry, etc. The plugging of sanitary sewer lateral that connects your house and main street sewer or the overflowing of storm sewer may be the reasons of it.
Types of sewers in Toronto
There are three types of sewers in Toronto:
• Sanitary sewer;
• Storm sewer;
• Combined sewer.
The sanitary sewer is designed to collect wastewater. It is connected with the home’s plumbing and the sewage gets to wastewater treatment facility via it.
The storm sewer collects rainwater from the streets and roads via street drains and also from downspouts. The water collected by the storm sewer flows to different rivers and creeks and finally gets into Lake Ontario.
Combined sewer combines the functions of sanitary and storm sewers. It is used mostly in old districts of the city. Rainwater and sewage are taken to the wastewater treatment.