When you use your toilet, shower, washing machine or dishwasher, waste water leaves your home through pipes that connect to the town sewer system. Many materials frequently flushed or poured down the drain can harm the pipes that connect to the town sewer system. Every property owner connected to the town sewer system can be a potential contributor to sewer problems, and a potential victim of those problems. Putting the wrong things down the drain can damage the sewer system, cause sewer backups in your home, and sewer releases to the
The only thing you should ever flush down a toilet is human waste (urine and feces) and toilet paper. Please keep in mind, products that are labeled as "flushable" are not sewer friendly and should not be flushed. Here is a list of some of things to keep OUT of the toilet:
- disposable diapers
- baby wipes
- cotton balls and swabs
- mini or maxi pads
- unused medications
- cleaning wipes of any kind
- facial tissue
- bandages and bandage wrappings
- disposable hand towels and mechanic's shop rags
- makeup removal wipes
Another culprit that causes blocked sewer pipes is grease. Never pour grease in your sink drain. When grease washes down the sink, it sticks to the insides of the pipes that connect your home to the town's sewer. It also coats the insides of the town’s sewer pipes. Eventually, the grease will build up and can completely block sewer pipes. That can create difficult and expensive maintenance problems for both the town and private property owners.
To prevent sewer backups and blockages, please be mindful of what items you are flushing down your toilets and pouring into your sink drains! If you have any questions, please call Town Hall at 410.257.9618 or 301.855.6681.