Have you ever had your sewer
plug up and back up into your home or business? Hopefully not but if you
are not careful, it can happen. A large number of sewer backups are caused
by grease. Grease blockages are caused by disposing fats, oils and greases
down the drain. Over time they build up inside the pipe that connects
your home or building to the public sewer system, eventually plugging
it completely. When this happens, the sewer draining from your home or
business backs up and overflows onto your property or into your home or
business. Below are some things that you can do to avoid grease caused
sewer backups in you home or business.
can greatly reduce the chance of a grease blockage by not using the kitchen
sink and garbage disposal for food scraps. Instead, always use a paper
towel or rubber spatula and thoroughly scrape plates and pans into the
garbage can before washing. Let melted oils used for cooking solidify
in a container on the counter or in the refrigerator before placing them
into the garbage. Vegetable and meat scraps, salad dressing, rice, butter,
cooking oils, and many other common items quickly turn to grease that
will eventually block your sewer. Also, garbage disposals use a large
volume of water, reducing or eliminating the use of your garbage disposal
can lower your water bill.
who discharge fats, oils, and greases are required to pre-treat their
sewer discharges containing fats, oils, and greases. Operating a good
grease abatement program also makes good business sense. A grease blockage
can shut a business down for several days and cost thousands of dollars
in lost profits and cleanup expenses. A little preventative maintenance
will ensure that you meet City Code and avoid this costly problem.
First, keep your "grey"
and "black" water drains separate. Grey water lines are drain lines for
disposal of grease-laden kitchen waste. Black water lines are drain lines
for restrooms. Second, always scrape all plates, pots and pans into the
garbage. Third, as required by City Ordinance for commercial food preparation
businesses and restaurants, install and maintain a grease pre-treatment
system. Pre-treatment systems can include interior grease traps, exterior
grease interceptors or bio-treatment, or a combination of these systems.
For more information on
how to keep your sewer pipes flowing, call the Regional Wastewater Treatment
Facility plant at (435)634-5849.
Sanitary Sewer Maintenance Policy
PURPOSE AND OBJECTIVE:
provide Washington City (hereinafter "the City") and property owners a
clear description of the parties' responsibility for the operation and
maintenance of sanitary sewer lines.
PROCEDURES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. Washington City shall operate and maintain all sewer
mains and trunk lines within the City.
2. Except for plugs, backups or blockages in laterals,
Washington City shall maintain laterals from the main trunk line to the
private property line.
3. Maintenance of plugs, backups or blockages in laterals
extending to private property shall be the responsibility of the property
owner to whose property the line extends.
4. Property owners have the responsibility to maintain
the lateral from the property line to the home or structure. This includes
maintenance of broken or plugged lines, root removal, or any other related
5. Property owners shall be solely responsible for operation
and maintenance of all private sewer connections or laterals.
The City will respond to sewer backups or repair requests
even if the line to be repaired may be a private sewer lateral. In the
event that a private line needs repair, the City will not be responsible
to make the needed repairs, but will assist the property owner to the
extent reasonably appropriate. This assistance may include locating clean
out, locating laterals, providing mapping information, making recommendations
for remediation or repairs, and providing emergency services not otherwise