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.