COMMON CAUSES OF SEWER SERVICE LINE BACKUPS
Here’s the problem
The sewage/wastewater travels by gravity through a network of pipes until it reaches a wastewater pumping station or treatment plant.
Service pipes and most pumping stations have
difficulty handling plastics or heavy paper products. The pumps may become clogged and are unable to move the wastewater to its proper
destination, resulting in increased
maintenance costs and sewer backups.
Here’s what you shouldn’t do
You shouldn’t use your toilet as a trashcan. Flushing the wrong thing down the drain can cause damage to your household plumbing and our sewer system. “Disposable” does not mean flushable.
You shouldn’t flush anything other than toilet paper; use the trashcan for everything else.
Don’t flush: baby wipes, facial wipes, fiber-reinforced cleaning products, diapers, sanitary napkins, tampons and applicators, condoms, dental floss
Fats – Oils – Grease F.O.G.
Please keep fats, oils, and grease “out of your kitchen sink!
Households contribute F.0.G. build -up in the sewer lines because of the amount of grease washed into the plumbing system, usually though the kitchen sink. Sewer lines in older neighborhoods are most at risk of sewer backup if residents don’t properly dispose of F.0.G.
F.O.G. is found in:
- Meat fats
- Food scraps
- Baking goods
- Cooking oil
- Dairy products
WHAT TO DO?
Never pour fats, oils, or grease down the sink or garbage disposal.
Pour F.O.G. into jars and cans. When cooled and solidified, dispose of lidded containers in the trash.