Preventing Sewer Backups

Cease the Grease!

Wipes Clog Pipes

Throw Away Used Wipes

"Disposable" does not always mean flushable. Many things do not dissolve, such as:

  • Baby wipes
  • Cleaning wipes
  • Cloth rags
  • Industrial wipes
  • Paper towels

These items get stuck in sewer pipes and sewer pumping equipment. Be kind to your plumbing. Throw used wipes and paper products in the trash. In addition, kitchen grease, kitty litter, plastic or latex items, and needles can all clog pipes and should be bagged or contained and placed in the trash.

Plumber Costs

The cost for hiring a plumber to unclog your private sewer line typically ranges from $75 to $350. These costs do not include the time it takes you to clean up the sewage that may have backed up or the time spent calling and waiting for a plumber. Please share this information with everyone who cleans your home or business.

How Sewer Blockages Affect the Environment

The Cause

  • The start of a blocked pipe begins when grease and solids collect on the top and sides of the pipe
  • interior.
  • The build-up increases over time when grease and other debris are washed down the drain.
  • Excessive accumulation will restrict the flow of wastewater and can result in a sanitary sewer overflow.
  • For more information, view this diagram showing the effects of sewer blockage (PDF).

The Process

  • Grease and solids accumulate and block the flow of wastewater.
  • Wastewater backs up in manholes, sewer cleanouts, and even home plumbing.
  • Sanitary sewer overflows occur and expose untreated wastewater to humans, animals, and the environment.