Sewer Maintenance Tips

Customer Sewer Maintenance Tips

Help keep your sewer flowing!


Here are a few important tips you can follow to help keep the sewer system flowing freely:

Fats, Oils & Grease

One of the most important things you can do to keep your sewer pipes clear is to properly dispose of fats, oils, and grease (FOG) by following these easy steps:

  • Can it – Once cooled, pour leftover oils and grease into a sturdy container, like an empty coffee can or glass jar. Then, put the container in the garbage.
  • Scrape it – Scrape all food scraps including fatty and greasy leftovers in the Organics cart, NOT down the drain.

Learn more at Stop the Clog!

Things to Avoid

  • Avoid disposing of coffee grounds, egg shells, kitty litter, and disposable wipes down your sink and toilet drains.
  • Any discharges with scalding temperatures are also potentially harmful to the pipes.
  • Learn more and Know What 2 Flush.

No Wipes in the Pipes

Disposable disinfectant wipes, baby wipes, and even so‑called “flushable” wipes cause serious problems for the sewer system, as they do not break down once flushed. Please don’t flush them, trash them instead!

Learn more about how you can help SacSewer wipe out this costly and messy sewer problem.

Easement Access

  • If you have a sewer easement on your property, keep it exposed and accessible. Reference our Easement Access Brochure for more information.
  • Avoid planting trees over your sewer pipe alignment.

Backwater Valves

If you have a backwater valve, have it checked annually to ensure it is in good working order.

Call us immediately at (916) 875-6730 if you notice any problems with the sewer system or see sewage flowing out of a manhole.

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