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Sewage Backup. Insurance Questionable.

We had a sewage backup - we live in a townhouse, on a slab. (Two neighbors got hit, too.) My homeowners insurance covers rain, flooding, and roof problems, but not sewage. However, the cause of the backup was not our toilets - a branch dislodged on our shared roof and sent down a swimming pool full of water, which overwhelmed the sewer. Insurance is... confusing, demoralizing. [more inside]
posted by juniperesque on Jun 16, 2014 - 10 answers

Remaining "flush" during the Zombie Apocalypse

Not that I'm writing a Walking Dead fan fiction or anything, but if I was I have a few hypothetical questions about water towers, wells and human waste disposal during an extended power outage. [more inside]
posted by Oriole Adams on Mar 1, 2014 - 10 answers

Landlord Not Providing Habitable Apartment Due To Hurricane -- Still Responsible For Rent?

I’m currently in NY in an apartment without water, sewage, heat or electricity. I’m living elsewhere until my area gets these services back. As I understood it, an apartment without these sorts of things (not to mention the stench of sewage and sea water eating away at the belongings in the floor below and the mold that must be growing there – I think the tenants down there are simply walking away and not cleaning up) is considered uninhabitable. Aren’t renters, by law, not obligated to pay rent until these issues are fixed? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 2, 2012 - 16 answers

Plumbing Issues

S*!t Storm, literally [more inside]
posted by ohmansocute on Jun 7, 2012 - 13 answers

Surprise! You own a sewer!

Apparently, we have a private sewer line that no one knew existed. And that line is disintegrating. Now what? [more inside]
posted by anastasiav on Oct 5, 2011 - 18 answers

Cut down a tree that is messing with my sewer line?

A mature sidewalk tree is growing through our sewer line and has already caused disgusting explosions of sewage. Yet the city says we can't cut it down. What can we do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 1, 2011 - 21 answers

Plumbing Problems: storm drain and basement bathroom drains stopped

Plumbing: The exterior storm drain, the basement toilet, and the basement shower are all clogged. What's gone wrong, and what should I do? [more inside]
posted by anotherpanacea on Aug 1, 2010 - 11 answers

Shitty situation.

Last night, at the restaurant I help manage, a drain pipe clogged. Raw sewage flooded the back rooms, bathrooms, kitchen, and half of the seating area of the first floor of the restaurant. What now? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 16, 2010 - 14 answers

What is this hole in my basement?

What is this hole in my basement? and what should I do? [more inside]
posted by imaswinger on Jan 5, 2010 - 7 answers

How to treat a basement sewage backup?

What treatments, if any, are available to a homeowner whose basement has been flooded with sewage? [more inside]
posted by Clambone on Nov 17, 2009 - 10 answers

How does the sewage and electrical systems work at an established station in Antarctica?

How does the sewage and electrical systems work at an established station in Antarctica? [more inside]
posted by querty on Dec 8, 2008 - 11 answers

Something is rotten in my state (not Denmark).

Last Wednesday I was assaulted by a foul smell in my front (guest) bathroom. I have been trying to pinpoint the cause for several days. I'm about to go out of town and need advice on what to do, especially since I'm extremely broke and have tried all the usual methods of attack. Details inside... [more inside]
posted by Unicorn on the cob on Oct 27, 2008 - 13 answers

Poopdrops keep fallin' on my head...

What can I do to prevent a toilet falling through my ceiling and crushing me, and how do I finagle the end of this (literal) mess? [more inside]
posted by Madamina on Apr 26, 2008 - 21 answers

Do sewers need high ratio of fluids to work?

SanitationEngineerFilter: Would more efficient water use cause problems for sewer systems for individual homeowners, or for municipalities as a whole? [more inside]
posted by yesster on Nov 25, 2007 - 5 answers

Tree roots invade sewage pipe - what to do?

Tree roots clogged our sewer pipe. What next? [more inside]
posted by medusa on Jul 7, 2006 - 7 answers

What stinks?

How do I get rid of that faint smell of sewage in my basement? [more inside]
posted by sixpack on Jan 12, 2006 - 5 answers

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