Avoiding Sewer Problems

Use common sense! Remember - whatever leaves through your home returns to the public water supply.

Avoid putting objects or materials into the sewer system that could possibly obstruct the pipes.

Always be sure that the cap on your basement clean-out trap is securely fastened.

Be sure to contact your water and sewer authority to report any major backup and to avoid sewer main issues.

Be sure the plumber you hire to work on your site is licensed and bonded.

Dispose of only natural, biodegradable materials into your plumbing system.

Use deep rooting trees when landscaping your property. Shallow root systems can grow toward pipes and cause blockages.

Never dispose of hazardous or toxic substances into your sewer system. Paint thinner, turpentine, solvents, gas, motor oil, and other liquids should be disposed of through your municipal waste authority.

Disposable diapers, female sanitary products, cotton balls, cigarette butts, and baby wipes all clog pipes and sewer systems. Even if labeled "flushable", it's best to wrap this waste matter and place into trash receptacles.

Cooking oils and grease can build up on the walls of your drain system. Avoid disposing of these materials in your sink drains and toilets.