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City of Battle Ground News

Posted on: February 24, 2014

[ARCHIVED] Keeping your plumbing and the sewer system flowing takes an ounce of prevention

The best way to prevent clogged drains and keep sewer lines working properly is to be careful about what you put into them. Cooking grease and oils, solid food waste, and non-dispersible materials such as cleaning wipes, personal hygiene products, hair, and latex are a sewer system’s worst enemies.

Whether washed down the sink or flushed down the toilet these items create serious maintenance problems for both property owners and the public sewer system by blocking pipes and plugging pumps. Blocked pipes can lead to raw sewage back-up into your home or overflow into streets and streams, jeopardizing public health and the environment.

When it comes to your drains and the sewer system, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!

*Never pour grease down sinks or toilets. Instead place it in a can and dispose of it in the trash. Your garbage disposal does not keep grease out of your pipes or sewer lines and products that claim to dissolve grease only do so temporarily until it re-congeals further down the line.

*Catch food scraps and put them in the trash or compost.

*Flush only toilet paper down the toilet. Never flush cleaning wipes – they do not dissolve and will eventually block a pipe or get caught in a pump.

Your plumbing will thank you and the City’s Public Works Department thanks you.

Questions? Call us at 360-342-5350.

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