Rice Lake Utilities
The Power of Local Ownership
Ways to Keep Your Building Sewer Flowing and Problem-Free
Have your building pipe cleaned every 2-3 years. Have it televised sooner if you suspect problems.
Flush only the 3 'P's down the toilet: pee, poop, paper. Toilet paper is the only kind of paper that breaks apart in water.
Dispose of 'flushable' wet wipes in the garbage. They do not break apart (or do so extremely slowly) in water and clog pipes.
Keep oil and grease out of drains and pipes. It is one of the biggest causes of pipe blockages when it cools, congeals, and hardens in the pipe.
Minimize the use of your garbage disposal unit. Dispose of food scraps in the garbage and compost vegetable matter.
Use sink and shower drain strainers.
Disconnect roof drains, foundation drains, and sump pumps. Collectively, they add excess clear water into the sewer system and can surcharge and overload the sewer system, leading to basement backups. Call us for assistance and advice about disconnecting other sources.