What can I do to prevent sewer back-ups?

A little grease can cause big problems! Fats, oils and greases are not just bad for your arteries and your waistline; they are bad for sewers, too. When washed down the sink, grease sticks to the insides of sewer pipes on your property and the pipelines under the street. Over time, it can build up, harden into a plug and block an entire pipe, causing sewer overflows and backups.

Home garbage disposals do not keep grease out of the plumbing system. Products such as detergents that claim to dissolve grease may pass the grease down the pipeline and cause problems elsewhere.

Never Put Grease Down the Drain

Scrape grease and food scraps into a can or the trash for disposal (or recycling where available).

Whenever you have a greasy pan to wash, wipe it out after use (while it is still warm, not hot) with newspaper or paper towels. Put baskets/strainers in sink drains to catch food scraps and other solids, and then empty them in the trash. Encourage your friends and neighbors to keep grease out of drain.

Trash in the Toilet Can Cause Big Problems Too

While trash such as baby diapers, plastics and even cigarette filters and chewing gum may seem to disappear when flushed down the toilet, they can form a messy mass and clog your plumbing system and BJWSA pipelines. The result? Sewage back-ups that can be unhealthy for you and the environment.

The toilet is not a trashcan - never flush down anything but toilet paper.

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2. How do I shut off my water in an emergency?
3. What is hydrant flushing and how often does it happen?
4. Why is it necessary to have a backflow prevention device on my meter?
5. What can I do to prevent sewer back-ups?
6. What is the pink stuff on my bathroom fixtures?
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