While cleaning gardens for spring, residents should keep public storm sewer drains and sanitary sewers clear of leaves, grass clippings, sticks, rocks and trash. The Village of Itasca is issuing this reminder because these items can cause blockages in storm and sanitary sewers
If swept into the storm drains, yard waste or trash can end up in nearby creeks and streams, polluting the environment. These same items can block the public sewer systems causing back-ups in homes and businesses.
Residents can also take steps to keep their private sewer lines flowing freely. Homeowners and businesses are responsible for their lateral sewer lines, which connect to the Village’s sewer system. These tips can help prevent blockages:
Most insurance carriers do not automatically cover damages caused by flooding or sewer backups. Homeowners should contact their insurance carriers for specific coverage information.
If a homeowner experiences a sewage backup please contact the Village of Itasca Public, Works Department at 630-773-2455 Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. After regular business hours we can be reached at 630-773-1004 Itasca Police Department’s non-emergency number.
Most of us know grease as the byproduct of cooking. Grease is found in such things as:
Too often, grease is washed into the plumbing system, usually through the kitchen sink. Grease sticks to the inside of sewer pipes (both on your property and in the street). Over time, the grease can build up and block the entire pipe.
Home garbage disposals do not keep grease out of the plumbing system. These units only shred solid materials into smaller pieces and do not prevent grease from going down the drain. Commercial additives, including detergents that claim to dissolve grease may pass grease down the line and cause problems in other areas.
Too often the results can be:
The easiest way to solve the grease problem and help prevent overflows of raw sewage is to keep this material out of the sewer system in the first place. There are several ways to do this. Never pour grease down the sink or toilets. Scrape grease and food scrapes from, trays, plates, pots, pans, utensils, grills and cooking surfaces into a can or the trash for disposal. Do not put grease down garbage disposals. Put baskets/strainers in sink drains to catch food scrapes and other solids, and empty the drain baskets/strainers into the trash for disposal. Speak to your friends and neighbors about the problem of grease in the sewer system and how to keep it out.
Information provided by the Water Environment Federation and the USEPA.