Sewer Backups

To keep the sewer from clogging, make sure that you are not putting anything into toilets or drains that should not go there. Use the Waste Wizard tool to learn how to dispose of items properly.

Prevent sewer clogs and backups

  • Don’t flush anything other than human waste and toilet paper down the toilet. Never flush baby wipes, feminine hygiene products, tissues, napkins, diapers, condoms, cigarette butts or other items.
  • Never pour fat, oil or grease into drains or toilets. They build up over time and are the main cause of sewer backups. Don’t let food scraps go down the sink drain.
  • Never use the toilet or sink to dispose of hazardous products, cleaning or car fluids, or medications. Bring them to the Household Hazardous Waste Depot.