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Sewer Maintenance Tips

You can help keep your sewer flowing !

Properly dispose of fats, oils & grease (FOG) by following these easy steps: 

Can It - Put fatty and greasy food scraps in a can and then the garbase, not the drain.    

Scrape It - Before washing, scrape out fats, oils and grease residuals from pots, pans and dishes.       

Trash It - Put fatty and greasy food scraps in the garbage, not the drain.         

Also, avoid disposing of coffee grounds, egg shells and disposable wipes down the sink and toilet drains. In addition, other things that are prohibited from going down the sewer include concrete and discharges with scalding temperatures.

If you have a sewer easement on your property, keep it exposed and accessible.

Avoid planting trees over your sewer pipe alignment

Call us immediately if you notice any problems with the sewer system or notice sewage flowing out of a manhole.

No Wipes in the Pipes

Disposable disinfectant wipes, baby wipes, and even so‑called “flushable” wipes cause serious problems for the sewer system, as they do not break down once flushed. Please don’t flush them, trash them instead!

For Residents

Treat Your Pipes Right - Learn how to prevent sewer clogs at home.

The majority of sewer backups and overflows caused by fats, oils, and grease (FOG) originate in residential areas. You can help prevent clogs by learning about FOG and how to dispose of it. Some common sources of FOG include: meat, fatty food scraps, lard, salad dressings, creamy or oily sauces, marinades, milk and dairy products, shortening, butter or margarine and peanut butter.

For Rental Owners & Property Managers

Stop the Clog. Stop the Headaches.

Are you dealing with sewer backups and overflows on your properties? It’s costly, headache-inducing work. Worse yet, it’s a drain on maintenance resources.

Often, the cause of these problems is fats, oils, and grease (FOG)  improperly disposed of by tenants. When FOG is dumped down the drain, it can harden inside pipes and create massive clogs, causing messy backups and overflows. That creates unhappy tenants . . . and unexpected costs for rental owners and property managers.

For Food Service

Correctly Train Your Employees - And avoid fines, lost business, and cleanup costs.

Are you and your employees correctly disposing of fats, oils, and grease (FOG)? If not, it could cost your business in a big way, as well as harm the environment.

When disposed down the drain, fats, oils, and grease cause sewer backups and overflows. This can damage your business and property, as well as foul local waterways.

Contact us for more information to train your staff and keep your establishment clean and productive!

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