Sewer Back Ups

The Village of Drake is experiencing Sewer Back up and clogging. Here are some simple things you can do to help:

  1. Do not dispose of large absorbent items, like paper towels, diapers, baby wipes or feminine products, down the toilet. These items take a long time to deteriorate and can clog the line. These products should be disposed of in your garbage.
  2. Don’t treat your toilet like a garbage can. The only things you should flush down the toilet are human waste and toilet paper. Don’t flush items like diapers, wipes, cigarette butts, paper towels, facial tissues, or personal hygiene products down the toilet — even if they say they’re “flushable.”
  3. Kitchen garburators increase the amount of organic material in the service lines. Depending on the condition of the service line, organic material can stick to the lines and over time cause blockages. Compost your organic material instead!
  4. Dispose of grease properly.Don’t pour cooking oil or grease into the drain. Do not pour grease or cooking oil down the drain. Instead scrape out or pour cooking oil and grease into a container or plastic bag and dispose of it in your kitchen garbage. When it cools off, it will solidify either in the drain or in the main sewer causing a clog.
  5. Consider plastic piping. Plastic pipes create a more secure line because tree root can’t break through them.
  6. Clean sewage grates. In the fall, sewer grates near your home can get jammed with leaves and debris. Take the time to clear away debris from sewer grates at the curb near your home to avoid clogs in your storm sewer system. If you can see an issue with clogging on your street, contact your municipality to report it as there might be a more serious issue.

You may not always recognize signs of a potential sewer backup until it’s too late — but contact a plumber right away if you notice:

  • Seepage at basement floor drains
  • A foul smell coming from your drains
  • Toilets aren’t flushing like they should, and plunging doesn’t help
  • More than one drain in your house is clogged
  • When you use one piece of plumbing (like a toilet), water backs up somewhere else
  • Bubbling after you flush a toilet or when a sink is trying to drain (and it happens more than once)


All of these may be signs that a sewer backup is brewing. If you notice sewage flowing into your drains, toilets, bathtubs, or showers, it’s probably safe to say a sewer backup is already coming on in full force. Either way, your best bet is to stop using your water, turn off your home’s main water supply, and contact a plumber right away.