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Keep Your Sanitary Sewer Line Clear

Anytime you turn on a faucet in your home, run the dishwasher or flush a toilet, that water runs out of your sanitary sewer line and into the City sewer. If your sanitary sewer line gets clogged, all of your drains and toilets will get backed up too.  Avoid unpleasant and potentially expensive plumbing problems by preventing clogs in your sewer line.

One of the best ways to avoid sanitary sewer line clogs is to be mindful of the items that pass through it. Avoid putting any type of grease, oil, coffee grounds, egg shells or animal fat down your drain. Also avoid flushing items like diapers, tampons, personal cleaning wipes or paper towels down your toilets.

Other common causes of main sewer line blockages are tree roots and rocks breaking into the pipe. This is most common in older pipes made from clay, but it can happen to any type of pipe. If there are a lot of trees around your sanitary sewer line, it’s a good idea to have your sanitary sewer line cleared every 2 to 3 years. If you continue to have problems, you may consider contacting a plumber to investigate the issue further.

If you have any questions regarding your sanitary sewer line, please contact Public Works at 630.377.4405.

updated Mar 25, 2019