How can I prevent and/or solve sewer backup problems?

Grease and items not intended for sewer disposal should not be put down the drain. If such items go down the drain, contact a sewer cleaner or plumber to remove them.

Tree roots, a common cause of sewer problems, will grow deeper and farther into the ground to find a water and nutrient source. Sewer pipes installed prior to the 1980s were typical of the clay pipe style, which can allow roots to access and disrupt the wastewater flow in your sewer. A root cutter can be utilized to correct this problem.

Once again, we recommend contracting with a sewer cleaner or plumber to correct this problem, as most homeowners will generally not be familiar with or have the equipment needed to perform the work. For the do-it-yourselfer who would prefer trying to correct the problem on his / her own, this type of equipment may be rented from a local vendor.

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1. How do I report a suspected leak or emergency situation?
2. My sewer is backed up. Can someone from the Water Reclamation Department come and fix it?
3. Is the City of Midland responsible for sewer repairs from my house or building?
4. Can you recommend a sewer cleaner or plumber to help me?
5. What causes my sewer to backup?
6. How can I prevent and/or solve sewer backup problems?
7. For what other types of situations would I contact the City's Water Reclamation Department?
8. Does the City have a recreational vehicle (RV) waste disposal site?
9. Is domestic septage from licensed commercial haulers accepted at the plant?
10. Can I pay my water / sewer bill over the Internet?