How can you maintain your private sewer lateral?

Help protect your property and the environment by following these tips:

  • Maintain/repair your private sewer lateral to meet regulations and area plumbing codes.
  • Remove any prohibited stormwater connections.
  • Clear roots, grease, debris, or other blockages in the lateral all the way to the connection with the sewer main.
  • Know where your cleanout is for quick access to clear blockages or stop backups.
  • Keep your cleanout cap on and in good shape.  This keeps out rain and debris that can cause blockages, backups, or overflows.
  • Eliminate F.O.G. (Fats, Oils and Grease) in your drains.
  • Do not use your toilet as a trash can.  Only flush toilet paper.  

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1. What is a sanitary sewer lateral?
2. What is a sewer cleanout?
3. Who is responsible for the maintenance of the private sewer lateral?
4. Why are defective sewer laterals a problem?
5. Why is it important to keep rainwater from entering sanitary sewer laterals?
6. How can you maintain your private sewer lateral?
7. Should you purchase sewage backup insurance?