Quick tip of the day:

If you own a condo in the Back Bay or South End and it’s on the basement or first-floor level, consider getting “sewage-backflow” insurance, to cover you should the city’s sewers back-up into your living room.

Other ways to minimize the risk of damage:

* Avoid putting grease, paper towels, diapers and other refuse in toilets or sinks to prevent clogs in pipes connecting your home to the city sanitary main …

* Don’t connect sump pumps, French drains or other flood-control systems to city sanitary mains, which is typically illegal …

* Install a backflow-prevention device …

More: An Insurance Policy You Probably Don’t Have – By M. P. McQueen, The Wall Street Journal

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