Important Do's and Don'ts when considering the Village Water/Sewer System:
- Don't pour household grease into sinks, garbage disposal, or other drains. This is one of the major contributors to sewer stoppages.
- Don't flush diapers, sanitary napkins, newspapers, soiled rags, or paper towels down toilets.
- Do avoid release of hair into drains of showers, bath tubs, and wash basins to prevent clogs in the traps and drains.
- Do clean vents annually (leading from toilets) located on the roof. It is identifiable by a 2-inch pipe on the roof. Failure to clean vents may result in stoppages, causing dangerous sewer line gases to back up into your residence.
- Do scrape grease and food residue from dishes and pans into a garbage bag before placing into your dishwasher or sink. This will reduce grease build-up in the sewer lines.
- Do unclog drains naturally by pouring 1/4 cup of baking soda down the drain followed by 1/2 cup of white vinegar. Follow a few minutes later with boiling water. Pour boiling water down the drains weekly to prevent clogs.
- Do empty washing machine lint into a garbage bag to avoid the discharge of lint into the sewer line.
- Do make sure your lateral clean-out cap is in good working condition. If you are uncertain about your clean-out cap, have a plumber inspect it.
- Do have a plumber routinely clear your lateral if you have had blockages in the past.
- Do call a plumber immediately if you have a blockage or a back-up.
Wise use of the sewer system and performance of simple preventative maintenance will help safeguard the system and reduce costs for everyone.