I bought this house less than 2 years ago. After my husband died, I sold my house
and property and moved to another State where my sister lives.
Most houses in this town do not have basements. They have crawl spaces but no
basements. My house does not have a basement.
The septic/pipe is in the front yard. The back flow goes at the septic pipe and has
another pipe. So now there is two pipes in my front yard. They are covered with
dirt but I know where they are, of course.
Yes, it would be much more expensive if one had to drill or jack hammer through
a concrete basement.
No, back flows do not allow a back up. That's the purpose of them, to keep sewage
and water from backing into the house. If the town gets a lot of rain or has issues
with their old pipes, water could back up into peoples homes.....but it won't mine
because I had the back flow installed. And if there is ever an issue with my pipes
inside my residence, I would know it because the water/toilets would not drain or
flush. That's the purpose of it. It won't allow for back up so if there is ever a
problem, I would know it is due to a problem with the pipes in the house or under
the house, not the city sewage pipes.
Just the opposite in regards to insurance. You would have a big problem trying to
get the insurance to pay if you did not have a backflow and you did not have any
kind of a policy for the sewage drain system. It could be a fight between the
owner and the city. Most insurance policies only allow for $1,000 to $2,000 sewage
protection. It could be more of course if you want to pay for more coverage.
Yes, I have gas too. I have gas cook stove, gas water heat, and a gas pack for
heat. Like I said, this is an old coal mining town. And there are times when the
winters are bad and electric goes out. If all you have is electric heat, well, you
get to stay cold until they can get the power back on. So some people have gas
packs which is a relatively new thing. So my heat is gas.