Everyone knows that we need rain for plants, flower, grass and gardens but it also helps with keeping wells supplied with water and inspecting sewer lines. Yes that’s right “inspecting sewer lines”. When we are having a good rain storm take a few seconds to look at the basement floor drains as they will give you a good idea of how well your drain line is working. Here are a few things to consider:
If the water level is moving up and down you can be sure that the sewer line has at least a partial obstruction.
If there is standing water around the floor drain that is normal dry there is a blockage.
If you notice either of these scenarios you should have a professional come over soon to camera your line and see what is going on with it. It may be something simple (jet or snake the line clear) but it could be a major issue (broken or collapsed line) that should be address. We all know that it is a good idea to have sewer inspection (frequency depends on age of the house) however many people never take the time to have one until they have sewer filling their basement.
Your sewer line is working well if there is no standing water around floor drain and the water level does not change in the trap. This is just a simple inexpensive way to judge the condition of your drain line but it is not a 100% accurate method. Some floor drains do not tie into the sewer line and therefore will not give you any indication of how the sewer line is working.