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Preventing sewer backup

Sewer backup often occurs when storm water enters the sanitary sewer and causes an overload of water in the system. The overloaded system begins to backflow into household lines, causing sewer water to enter basements.

One way to prevent sewer backup in your home is to plug or cap all sewer openings in the basement. This includes floor drains, toilets, sinks, showers, etc.  After lifting toilets and taking off sink traps, you can cap openings with wooden plugs, expandable plugs, screwed caps or by other methods.

Reporting sewer backup
Sewer trouble should be reported to the Fargo Street Department to make sure there are no problems with the city line: 

  • Weekdays: 701-241-1453
  • After hours: 701-235-4493 for on-call personnel

Related Information:

Reduce Flooding From Drains: NDSU Extension Service

Sump Pump Program: reducing the risk of sewer backups