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To be eligible, residential property owners must meet the following requirements:
As part of Lansing’s B2P2, several solutions are available to help stop sewer backups:
A valve is installed in the floor drain or in the service pipe that connects your basement plumbing to the City sewer. With a backwater valve, sewer can only flow from the house to the sewer.
A backwater valve stops sewage from flowing back into the house from the City sewer. It can be installed inside or outside of your home.
Periodic maintenance will help keep the valve clear and working well. While a backwater valve greatly reduces the chance of a backup in your basement, no solution is completely foolproof. Extreme conditions may still cause a backup.
A sewage pump is installed under the basement floor or outside the home to collect sewage flowing from the basement fixtures and the basement floor drain. A sewage pump pushes sewage up to an over-head sewer above the floor level. From there, it can drain by gravity into the sewer service line.
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Basement fixtures are disconnected. Neither a backwater valve or sewage pump is needed to prevent backups.
No, the B2P2 is for homes that have experienced multiple sewer backups related to the City’s public sanitary sewer system. Water that seeps through basement walls, windows or floors during heavy rains is not related to the City’s sanitary sewer system.
The program will first help homeowners who have experienced the most sewer backups. From there, it is on a "first come, first served" basis. The schedule for ongoing implementation of the program will depend on available financing and the level of interest by affected property owners.
The work is typically performed by a licensed plumbing contractor. If electrical system improvements are necessary to facilitate the B2P2 solution, a licensed electrical contractor is also needed. If you don’t have a contractor, the City has a list of interested local contractors. Their contact information is available on the website or by emailing or calling the B2P2 staff.
After receiving a copy of the contractor estimate, the B2P2 representative will call you to schedule an inspection and verify that the estimate is complete.
More information on B2P2 is available by doing the following: