Protect Your Sewer System What Shouldn’t Go Down the Drain
During periods of extreme rainfall, infiltration and flooding can cause sewage from sanitary sewer lines to back up into homes and businesses. These backups not only cause damage that is difficult and expensive to repair, but also create health hazards.
Sanitary Sewer Backup
There are many causes to sanitary sewer backups. These include: FOG, tree roots, and improper disposal of garbage.
What is FOG?
- Meat trimmings
- Uncooked poultry skin
- Vegetable oil
- Canola oil
- Olive oil
- Corn oil
- Salad dressings
- Melted meat fat
- Boiled poultry skin
According to the EPA, 65% of all sanitary sewer spills are FOG related
- DO NOT pour fats, oils, or grease down the drain
- DO NOT flush garbage or chemicals down the toilet
- DO NOT flush “flushable” paper products down the toilet
- DO NOT flush feminine hygiene products down the toilet
Clogged sanitary sewer lines can be an expensive problem if sewage backs up on your property
FOG is not the only problem
Sewer lines can be clogged by:
- Tree roots
- Improper disposal of garbage
Other sewer tips
- DO NOT flush diapers down the toilet
- DO NOT flush any flammable or hazardous materials down the toilet. It is not only damaging to the sanitary sewer system, it may be dangerous and illegal.
- DO NOT put “flushable” paper products in the toilet other than toilet paper. They do not deteriorate like toilet paper.
- DO NOT flush feminine hygiene products down the drain
- Always wipe down greasy pots and pans with a paper towel and dispose of it in the garbage
- Pour cooled oil, fats and grease into a can with a tight lid (i.e. coffee can) and dispose of it in the garbage