Basement Flooding Prevention

The Sanitary Sewer Backup Prevention Program (PDF) assists homeowners in preventing a basement or home sanitary sewer backup incident

What can Grove City property owners do

Confirm rainwater transfer systems are in place, functional and operating efficiently.

Keep gutters and downspouts free of debris, allowing rainwater to flow without obstruction (gutter guards may be an aid).

  • Run hose water through the downspouts to ensure the water is draining properly.

What can the City of Grove City DostormVsSanitary

The City of Grove City maintains the storm and sanitary sewer systems.

The storm sewer system carries rainfall and other surface run-off from parking lots, roads and private properties (including foundation drains, sump pumps and downspouts) directly and untreated to creeks and ditches.

The private property items should be connected to the City's storm sewer system or away from the home:

  • Foundation drain
  • Sump pump
  • Downspout leader
  • Storm connection

In circumstances of excessive rainfall, it is possible for public infrastructure to exceed capacity, resulting in flooded streets, yards and buildings.

Important Note

The storm sewer system carries untreated run-off water straight to the river with everything in it discharged directly into our waterways. Items such as:

  • Grass clippings
  • Oil or antifreeze from a leaky car
  • Pet waste and litter
  • Household cleaners dumped on the ground can find their way into the river.

Property & Plumbing Assessment

The Service Department is available to guide homeowners through their private plumbing and property assessment.

  • Homeowners are encouraged to complete a thorough assessment of their property to determine the source(s) of flooding. The departments can inspect potential problems tied to City infrastructure.

Note: All recommended actions can be of significant value; however, none are guaranteed to work every time as conditions may vary during each high-water episode.

  • Housing inventory within the City varies widely from new to homes built decades ago.
  • Records of plumbing changes and homeowner activities over the years are often impossible to track or inaccurately documented. Therefore, the City can take no responsibility for the use of plugs, standpipes, valves, etc.
  • Property and Plumbing Assessment Recommendations (PDF)