How to Prevent Sanitary Sewer Backups

There are a number of ways you can help prevent sewer backups:

  • Do not put cooking grease down the drain
    Cooking grease that hardens in the sewer pipes and creates a plug causes most blockages - hot water will not melt fat away.
  • Use the garbage disposal sparingly
    Put food scraps in the garbage, or compost them to reduce the amount of garbage in your trashcan.
  • Refrain from planting trees or large shrubs near sewer lines
    Roots grow toward breaks and cracks in search of a water source. If roots get inside the pipes, they often form “root balls” that clog a line.
  • Inspect backwater valves annually
    A backwater valve is a plumbing fixture that acts as one-way stopper. It allows wastewater to leave your property, but prevents it from coming back in when there is a blockage.

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