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Posted on: October 26, 2018

Tips for Keeping Sewer Lines from Clogging

Tips for Keeping Sewer Lines from Clogging and Saving the Township (and you) Money

To prolong the life of your sewer lines and Moorestown’s sewage treatment system, please be mindful of what you flush and drain.  Doing so will help prevent aggravation and help us all save money! 

Most importantly, please do not flush products such as disposable towels, paper towels, moistened towelettes, tissues, handy (baby) wipes, diapers, sanitary napkins, and feminine products.  In particular, sewage systems throughout the country, including ours, have seen an increase disposable towels and wipes clogging pipes as they become more popular for consumers.  These products will cause blockages (and related preventable service disruptions and costly responses and repairs) for you and the Township.  Toilet paper is the only paper product that should be flushed in the toilet. Toilet paper is manufactured to dissolve and has minimal impact on sewage collection systems.

Kitchen solids such as fruit and vegetable peels/rinds, eggshells, and chicken bones can cause blockages in your sewage piping and also the municipal pipes/pumps.

Cooking grease, oils and fats, when poured or flushed down your sinks, drains, or toilets enter the sewer system where they cool, harden and stick to the inner walls of sewer pipes. Over time, as more fats, oils, and greases are added to the system, these items build-up and harden until they completely plug the pipes causing blockages. The hardness of these items makes it very difficult and costly to unblock.    

For more information, contact Moorestown’s Utility Department @ 856-235-3520

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