Sewage Backup - Bruckman Home

On October 21, 2018, Jeff and I were heading out the door for church when I noticed a strong odor coming from downstairs.  We went down and noticed sewage bubbling up from the floor drain in our laundry room.  At that point the water was about 2" deep.  Jeff sent a text stating that we would not be at church due to flooding and, as I contacted our kids, Jeff attempted to move things out of the basement to try and save what we could.  Within a short time, several of our fantastic neighbors showed up to help remove our belongings as the sewage continued to flow into our basement.  I continued to try and call Layton City to stop the flow of sewage.   I was able to contact the police who, in turn, contacted the city for us.  Layton City showed up very promptly, found the blockage and we immediately noticed the water receding.  However, we now have considerable damage to the flooring and the walls of our basement.  Most of our belongings were saved thanks to fantastic friends and neighbors.  Insurance won't cover it because it was in the city sewer line.  Layton City has denied our claim and any responsibility but has agreed, through Humanitarian Aid, to pay for the cleanup of the sewage and the demolition of the damaged walls and flooring.  They will also pay to replace our water heater and carpet pad.  That is the extent of what they are willing to pay.  That leaves us without walls and flooring in our basement which was my sewing and quilting area and also where we had our extended family dinners.  Jeff has received bids of just over $9800 to rebuild the walls and replace flooring that was damaged.  In addition, we have an estimate of $800 to put in a backflow valve to prevent this from happening again.  Please help us get our basement back to a usable stage so I can continue my sewing and we can resume enjoying our kids and grandkids at our family dinners.  We appreciate your help!


Kathy Bruckman
Layton, UT

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