Sanitary Sewer Line Cleaning Program

What is the Sanitary Sewer Line Cleaning Program?

Spotsylvania County Utilities (SCU) Maintenance Crews perform preventive maintenance cleaning of the County-owned sanitary sewer mains.  The work is done to prevent mainline stoppages and potential backups.

Cleaning is accomplished using high pressure water jet to remove buildup within the sewer lines.  This cleaning creates a vacuum in the sewer system, and in rare occurrences, can pull water out of your toilet(s) if you do not have a backflow device installed on your sewer line.  After the vacuum is released, the water rushes back into your toilet(s), and on rare occasions, may splash out of the toilet bowl.

Closing your toilet lid/lids during this process will greatly reduce the possibility of any negative issues.  Therefore, we ask that you make sure that your toilet lid(s) remain down, with a towel draped over the toilet lid(s) as an added precaution, during the time that we are in your area cleaning. 

How will I know when the SCU Maintenance Crews are in my area?

Message boards will be set-up one to two days in advance in the area(s) that the sanitary sewer line cleaning is taking place.  Notice of the area that is being cleaned will be placed on the Utilities/Public Works Notices page.  Generally, scheduled sanitary sewer line cleaning takes place Monday through Thursday between 7:30am - 3:00pm with the exception of holidays.  

What if I experience a problem in my house during the sanitary sewer line cleaning in my area?

If you experience any issues when sanitary sewer line cleaning is taking place in your area, please contact the SCU Maintenance Crew working in the area and they will gladly assist you.  If you are unable to locate the Maintenance Crew, please call the Spotsylvania County Utilities office at 540-507-7300, Option 2.

The Spotsylvania County Utilities department wants you to know that we are doing our best to serve you, the community and the environment every day.  We regret any inconveniences to our customers; however, this program is necessary to enhance service reliability.