Protecting the Sewer System

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No one really thinks about the sewer system until there’s a problem.  For instance, when the tree roots in your front yard clog the sewer line from your home to the street, this causes a backup into your home.  YUCK, no one wants that.  But unfortunately it happens.

So how can you help?


Sewer System LateralLas Virgenes MWD and Department of Public Works (DPW) maintain the sewer mains in the area, however, you are responsible for the maintenance of the lateral from your home to the main sewer line.  DPW has a great explanation of what your responsibilities are – read more here on their site: Inspecting Your Sewer Lateral

 

Sewer overflows are an EMERGENCY

If you ever see sewage bubbling out of a manhole cover or see evidence of a sewer line problem, call us immediately at (818) 251-2100; don’t assume someone else has reported the incident.

Beware of Garbage Disposals 

water going down the disposalWhy have a garbage disposal if you can’t use it?  Of course you can use it.  Avoid the following:

  • Use the disposal for soft foods that you cannot put into a compost bin.
  • Always remove plastic stickers from fruits and vegetables and place them in the trash.
  • Avoid grinding hard materials such as egg shells, coffee grounds and bones.
  • We also have a list of What Not to Flush.