Water & Sewer
A brief message to keep wastewater flowing safely during COVID-19 pandemic - from the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG)
With most people staying at home, a reminder to use sewer and septic properly. SEMCOG encourages you to share in on an important message about toilet paper (yes, toilet paper):
Water Quality Report for 2019, click here.
Yearly Home Maintenance
1. Cable sanitary sewer two times per year. Once in the spring around early April before heavy rain falls occur and once in the fall around mid September. This will reduce the root growth in your sanitary line and reduce the possibility of sewer back up over all and during rain events.
*Never flush sanitary napkins or tampons down the toilet.
*Never pour cooking grease down sink drains.
*Use liquid washing machine soap instead of powder.
All the above items can block sewer leads very easily and they are the main cause of sewer back-up (with or without root problems).
3. Flooded Basements
If basement is flooding, do not continue to use or run items like faucets, dishwasher, showers, baths or toilets. If the main lead from your house is clogged the waste water will come up through your floor drains, into the basement, because it can not reach city main line.
Call Department of Public works before calling a plumber. A city employee will check the city main line for any problems. This is a service we provide to our home owners (24 hours a day / 7 days a week.)
4. Sewer Odors
- Dry traps in basement floor drains can let sewer gas into your home and cause an odor.
- Floor drains with no caps on them can cause sewer odor.
- Sink pipe are pipes that run through your home and out of the roof, if they become clogged that can cause a sewer odor.
If you are experiencing sewer odor, it could mean that your home's main lead is, or is about to back up.
There is specialized television camera equipment that can be used to check for problems or conditions in a house lead. Before buying a home or before digging up your sewer for repair or replacement, it is advisable to have this type of inspection completed.