What You Can Do to Help

Avoiding Drain Damage

Anything that goes down your drain eventually flows to a water resource recovery facility for treatment, so it’s important that you protect your pipes to ensure the smooth delivery of recovered water. Sometimes, however, we may unknowingly pour substances down our drains that may be harmful to sewer lines and impede this process. When poured down the drain, fats, oils, and grease products (FOG) stick to the inside of sewer lines and harden. The build-up of FOG can eventually block sewer lines, causing back-ups into your home. Remember, you are responsible for the sewer pipes from your house or business to our sewer lines. If the grease clogs on your end, you have to pay for it. If it clogs on our end, we have to pay for it. It costs us all. Together, we can keep our pipes clear and our water clean. Understanding your laterals and how to protect your pipes will go a long way in avoiding unnecessary clogs and expense.

While cooking grease, oils, lard, and animal products are all obvious FOGs, other FOG products are not so easy to spot. Innocent-looking food items such as salad dressings, mayo, ice cream, soup, or even baby formula can also cause harmful build-up and blockages in the sewer system, resulting in overflows and backups. Other products harmful to your pipes can also be transmitted by what you flush down your toilet. Our home toilets are not trash cans made for dumping personal care and hygiene products, nor are they disposal options for hazardous materials. Find out where your local recycling centers are located – they will accept your chemicals, batteries, electronics, and other hazardous waste. You can further help protect your pipes by following some simple steps at home: