Residential Pretreatment

Pretreatment in the Home

Residential PretreatmentSewers are designed to handle three types of waste products:
  • used water
  • human body waste
  • toilet paper

Keep your sanitary sewer working properly

Follow these simple DOs and DON'Ts to help prevent sewer backups and avoid expensive plumbing and cleanup bills.

DO: Collect grease in a container and dispose of it in the garbage.

DO: Place food scraps in the garbage for disposal with solid waste.

DO: Place a wastebasket in the bathroom to dispose of solid waste. (Disposable diapers and personal hygiene products do not belong in the sewer system.)

DO: Use a backflow prevention device (BPD) as needed.

DONT: Pour grease, fats, and oils from cooking down the drain.

DONT: Use the sewer to dispose of food scraps.

DONT: Use the toilet as a wastebasket for garbage , chemicals or old meds.

DON’T: Plant trees with shallow, spreading root systems near your sewer lateral. Tree roots seek water sources, such as cracked sewer lines. Once the roots have penetrated the line through cracks, the roots can create a dense mat and trap materials.