Overhead Sewer Systems

Chicago overhead sewer systems

Overhead Sewer Systems

One of the Most Reliable Solutions to Basement Flooding in Chicago

If there’s one thing we all know as Chicago and Near North Shore residents, it’s that basement flooding is a fact of life here. This is partially due to our proximity to the lake and accompanying high water table. But it’s also partially due to the Chicago sewer system; our municipal sewer system was built in the 1850s, and is largely still original. As a result, it can get overwhelmed by large volumes of water, which causes backflow into your basement. However, an overhead sewer system from J. Blanton Plumbing can stop backflow water from flooding your basement.

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What’s the Difference Between a Normal Sewer and an Overhead Sewer?

Almost all homes are built with a traditional gravity sewer system that allows your waste water to naturally flow down into the main sewer line. These systems are easy to install, but also make it easier for your basement to flood.

An overhead sewer system is different because it is custom built to move your home’s sewer pipe from below the basement to above it. Essentially, your sewer pipe is raised to above ground level (usually in the space between your ground floor flooring and basement ceiling) and ensures that even backed up water from the city sewer can’t reach that high. Your basement plumbing is connected to an ejector pump and pumped up into the overhead sewer, while the plumbing in your home’s upper floors continues to drain by gravity. This keeps the basement dry from municipal sewer backup.

Benefits of an Overhead Sewer System

To truly understand how an overhead sewer system differs from a normal Chicago sewer system, you need to know the benefits of having a system in your own home. You could benefit in all of the following ways:

Protect Your Basement

One of the main benefits of an overhead sewer is protection. With a traditional sewer, the pipes are under the concrete of your basement. If there are any leaks, the water could seep through the concrete and cause foul smells. Over time, damage can occur to your concrete.

When you install an overhead system, there is no risk of sewage leaking under your concrete. You keep your basement safe.

Save Money

Your new system could also save you money. If you need a repair with an overhead system, the plumber won’t need to dig up your concrete. But a typical sewer system requires more extensive repairs. Additionally, an overhead system saves you money on water damage. If your basement floods, you could be responsible for hundreds or even thousands of dollars in repairs. Your overhead sewer prevents floods and makes you less likely to experience water damage.

Increase Your Home’s Value

By installing an overhead sewer, you can increase the value of your home. Even if you don’t plan on selling your home any time soon, the day will come when your property ends up on the market. When it does, you can recoup the money that you put into installing the overhead sewer.

What is an Overhead Sewer System?

An overhead sewer system moves sewage from your plumbing fixtures to a new sewer line. The line runs over the basement floor, and usually goes along the basement ceiling. Typically, the system is installed as a way to prevent flooding.

By raising the lowest opening in your home’s sewer system, an overhead sewer prevents both water and sewage from escaping the system. The sewer backups that come from flooding won’t affect your home.

The Chicago sewer system is prone to problems. If you want to limit the chance of basement flooding, an overhead sewer could be the right choice for you. Let our experts tell you more about how a system can help you.

Your overhead sewer in Chicago can make all the difference. If you’re not already familiar with the benefits of having one, our team can explain more about the Chicago sewer system and how overhead sewers can make a difference. For years, our experts have been helping home and business owners make decisions regarding their sewer system.

Our plumbers take the time to listen to your concerns. If you have any questions, they’ll answer them with detail. When you’re ready to get started with your overhead sewer system, we’ll take on the project as soon as possible. In addition to being eager to get to work, our plumbers are thorough.

Same Sewer Capacity, More Effective Flood Prevention

Overhead sewer systems are often referred to as the most reliable flood prevention systems available to Chicago area homeowners. As Chicago area plumbers who have served this city for over two decades, J. Blanton Plumbing can install your overhead sewer with expert skill and professionalism.

If you’ve got a flood-prone basement, call J. Blanton today to schedule an overhead sewer installation consultation. Our number is (773) 724-9272.

Why J. Blanton

Here at J. Blanton Plumbing, we take our job seriously. When we install an overhead sewer in Chicago, we handle the job with care. Thanks to our deep understanding of the Chicago sewer system, we are able to take on the most complex of installations. All of our plumbers have the training and experience needed to take on your project.

We take our business seriously and want you to know it. These are just some of the credentials we hold to show that when you choose J. Blanton Plumbing, you’re getting a plumber you can rely on:

  • State of Illinois Bonded Plumbing Contractor
  • City of Chicago Licensed Plumbing Contractor
  • City of Chicago Department of Water Management License
  • Illinois Environmental Protection Agency CCCDI Backflow Inspectors License
  • City of Chicago Business License
  • BBB Accredited Business
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How do I know my sewer line is damaged?2022-11-08T17:26:04+00:00

Damages to your main sewer line can happen due to many culprits such as roots, debris buildup and other obstructions from foreign and non-flushable objects. These can cause clogging blockage and damage to your sewer line.

You will usually be able to tell that your sewer line is damaged if you find backup water in drains overflowing toilets, strange sounds, or overflows from your tub.

If you suspect your sewer line is damaged, don’t wait for the problem to worsen. Call J. Blanton in Chicago right away to resolve your main sewer line problem as quickly and safely as possible.

Sewer Rodding: What Is It?2022-11-08T17:25:41+00:00

Your plumbing system may experience serious issues if the sewage lines in your Chicago house get clogged. It may result in backed-up wastewater or slow drains.

A plumber from J. Blanton will perform a sewage rodding service to unclog the obstruction and have the sewer lines flowing freely. Sewer rodding is occasionally the sole method for removing some difficult clogs.

If sewer rodding does not improve your water flow, it will be time to request sewer drain repair.

Not Sure what a sump pump does?2022-11-08T17:25:20+00:00

A device for draining water, a sump pump, is located at the lowest point of your house. It is designed to drain any emergency flooding water from your house to prevent water damage.

In both home and business settings, sump pumps are used to prevent floods and water buildup on your property. Even if your basement is not prone to flooding, a sump pump may be useful if there is too much moisture near the foundation of your house.

Call J. Blanton if you’re considering installing, replacing, or repairing a sump pump!