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Hey Matt!
M > In my basement, there is a grated "storm drain" in the middle M > of the basement. It's round, flush with the floor, and about 5 inches M > in diameter. The other day, it rained a record amount of rain in a M > short period of time. a little water (about a gallon or less) was M > right around the drain when i went down after the rain (within a M > 1-square foot area). Now, since the floor is tiled, and it was only a M > little water, and if is the worst it will get, i I'm not totally M > worried about it, but i have a few questions and would like to prevent M > it simple if possiible. M > M > 1) is this the situation in which i hear people should have the drain M > snaked for tree roots, etc to prevent this?
We also have this "storm drain" as you call it. Neve3r had a problem with backflow from the cirty sewer, however have had the rare problem with the washing machine water backing up (suds coming from the floor drain) and then it is time to call a sewer service.
M > 2) could some sort of some sort of simple backflow preventer device M > help to prevent this?
Probably not worth the expense. ...OTOH I would check with your neighbours. If they have ever have a problem with sewer water coming into their homes then you may wish to have one installed, but it is going to be where the sewer comes in to the house, not just this one floor drain.
M > 3) there is always water resident about 6 inches down the pipe - M > should i remove some of this to prevent the problem, or will the water M > level just remain the same - or is this water necessary?
You want this water there! It prevents sewer gases from entering your house. Be sure there is _always_ water in the trap. Drain the dehumidifier tank into it, or add vegetable (cooking) oil if you tend to forget about it.
M > I am hoping there is some little trick i can do to rectify this M > problem....
Actually I don't think it is a problem. We occasionally have water in the basement (the ground water level rises), and am glad for that drain. Years ago had what locally has been called The Father's Day Flood and unfortunately the sewer did have some roots in it, impeding water flow. The basement did start to flood because the drainage was clogged. Fortunately RotoRooter was able to come out immediate, cut through the roots, and the water went down.
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