Here are some rules to follow to help keep sewer lines flowing:
- Be on the look-out. If you see an overflowing manhole, detect a sewer odor, or see evidence of sewer on the ground or in a street, please report this by calling (806) 296-1169 on weekdays and (806) 296-1182 on nights and weekends.
- Never pour grease down drains or into garbage disposals. The grease will turn into a hard solid that blocks lines and can result in a sewer backup. Let grease cool down and dispose of it properly.
- Putting food down a garbage disposal in your kitchen sink can be a convenient method of throwing away leftovers. These food particles can convert into grease in your plumbing and sewer service line.
- Roots from trees can grow into sewer line joints and obstruct flow. If the city suspects that a customer’s service line is blocked by root growth, they must contact a licensed plumber to have the line inspected and cleaned from the house to the sewer main if necessary.