Sewer Maintenance Division - Helpful Hints

Following these rules will help keep sewer lines clear

If you flush or throw damaging materials down the drain, they can cause blockages and backups. Please don’t put the following items in the sewer; kitty litter, egg shells, coffee grounds, motor oil, lard or cooking oil. These items should be disposed of in the garbage.

Remember…

  • Use baskets or strainers in sink drains to catch food scraps and other solids…
  • Scrape grease and food scraps from plates, pots and pans, utensils and grills…
  • Freeze animal fats in a can and put all food waste and discards in a trash container-don’t pour them down the sink, garbage disposal or toilet...
  • Garbage disposals use large volumes of water and electricity-reducing or eliminating their use will lower your sewer, water, and power bills…
  • Be cautious of chemicals or additives that claim to dissolve grease-these may not be effective…
  • Keep fats, oil and grease out of our sewers-help keep our environment clean. Grease can build up in sewers, restricting the flow of wastewater that comes from our homes. This blockage forces wastewater up onto our streets-where it then enters the storm drain system and…
  • Clogged sewer pipes on your property can also cost you a lot of money in plumbing repair bills!

The following products are considered household hazardous chemicals and should never be flushed down the sewer:
pesticides, nail polish, oven cleaners, spot remover, vehicle fuel, oil or grease, fertilizer, rodent poison, weed killer, paint, varnish, stripper or thinners or battery fluids. These require disposal at a hazardous waste collection station.

The City and County sponsor two household hazardous waste collection events each year, one in the fall and one in the spring. Look for days and times in your local newspaper or call the City’s Recycling Hotline, 621-1111 or the Fresno County Department of Resources, 262-4259.