Lately we have been posting about security and getting your homes ready for winter. One thing we have not discussed in quite a while is the problem of sewers backing up if the infrastructure system collapses. Now this is normally only a problem for people who are attached to sewer systems not septic systems. If your house is lower than the surrounding area, large pumps may be required to for your system to function correctly. These pumps normally rely on electricity. These pumps can be a considerable distance from your home, as much as a mile or so. Unless you do some inquiries, you may never know they are there.
Now if these pumps fail and people continue to flush their toilets, the sewage will flow to the lower areas. If you live in one of these areas, you can have sewage back up into your home. I am hooked up to a sewer system and live in a very hilly area. Because I have not been able to find out as much information as I would like, I have acted on the assumption that the sewer will backup to my house. As a result, I have taken measures to prevent this from happening. See “More on Sewer System Problems”, this is a previous article that I wrote on this subject and tells you how to protect your home in detail. More on Sewer System Problems
Another thing to take into consideration is storm drains. In the Sacramento valley areas which I am familiar with, there are some areas in which the storm drains are dependent on pumps. So no power, the storm water backs up.
What this comes down to is you need to learn how the failure of government run sewer and storm systems would hurt you. This also applies to people who live in high-rise apartments. Are you on the top or the bottom? Remember it always flows downhill.