What are the "dos and don’ts" of home sewers?

Read some tips to keep your sewer system worry-free and functioning properly.



  • Ask a plumber about ways to keep your house sewer line trouble-free.
  • Deposit all cooking grease, eggshells and coffee grounds in the trash.
  • Place a wastebasket in each bathroom for the disposal of solid waste, disposable diapers, and personal hygiene products.
  • Report any sewer problems or overflows.
  • Use only a licensed contractor or plumber to make repairs.


Do not:

  • Dig without calling 811
  • Flush the following down toilets:
    • Diapers
    • Newspapers
    • Paper towels
    • Sanitary napkins
    • Soiled rags
  • Plant trees directly over a sewer line; root growth in sewer lines is problematic
  • Pour chemicals, cleaners, motor oil or solvent down the sewer
  • Proceed with an expensive sewer line repair without getting a second opinion
  • Put cooking grease or eggshells down drains or in garbage disposals
  • Use the toilet as a wastebasket
  • Use an unlicensed or unknown contractor to make repairs

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