THIS IS NO JOKE: In some parts of the City of Alexandria, VA there are antiquated sewer systems that overflow/backup into homes during rain storms (annually in some parts of the City). Early this week, the City advised it’s residents to plug their toilets and floor drains with rags to prevent backups. I’ll bet you never learned this in your plumbing apprenticeship.
Read on from original msg. from City on 11/15/06:
CITY OF ALEXANDRIA ADVISES RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES
TO PREPARE FOR POTENTIAL FLOODING AND STORM DAMAGE
Fallen Leaves Can Clog Streets and Storm Drains
The City of Alexandria urges all residents and businesses to prepare for the possibility of abnormally high water levels along the Potomac River and flash flooding along streams and in low-lying areas on Thursday, November 16….Residents in low-lying areas and those whose homes are historically subject to flash flooding are urged to take extra precautions. Those who have installed backflow prevention devices should engage them in advance of the storm. Those without backflow prevention who are subject to backups can plug floor drains and basement toilets with rags and other material. For more information, residents are advised to check the City’s web site at http://www.alexandriava.gov or call Citizen Assistance at 703-838-4800.