|PREVENTING SEWER BACKUPS|
PREVENTING SEWER BACKUPS IN YOUR HOME
When you use your toilet, shower, washing machine or dishwasher, wastewater leaves your home through pipes that connect to the county sewer system.
Flushing or pouring the wrong things down drains can harm the pipes in your home - and those that connect to the county sewer system - causing raw sewage to back up into your home or be released into the environment.
HOW THE SEWER SYSTEM WORKS
Condominium homes are connected to the sanitary sewer system through a service lateral line that connects to the sewer main buried under the street in front of the building. All of the waste and water flushed through all of the drains in your home - including the toilets, sinks, showers, bathtubs, dish and clothes washing machines - travel from your home's plumbing system through the service lateral line to the sewer main. The wastewater then travels through the main and a series of pumping stations, to a wastewater treatment facility. The wastewater is then put through a series of separation, cleaning and disinfection steps to produce reclaimed water that is then returned to the community for beneficial reuse as irrigation quality water.
DO NOT FLUSH!
IN THE KITCHEN
Grease is a major problem for sewer systems. Grease builds up inside sewer pipes, restricting the flow of wastewater, causing backups. Never pour cooking fats, oils and grease down the drain. Instead pour them in a disponsable container such as a tin can or milk carton, cool, then put in the garbage. Remember that cheese, butter, salad dressings, sauces and gravies contain fats, oils and grease. Scrape these items into the garbage.
Garbage disposals do not always reduce food scraps and solids to the point that they will flush clear of the lateral line. Solids such as fruit and vegetable rinds and peels, eggshells and chicken bones should be put in the garbage.