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Sewer Maintenance

Sewer Maintenance

The Sewer Maintenance Department is responsible for the inspections and cleaning of all municipal sanitary sewer and storm sewers within the City of East Peoria.

The department was established in 1994 to identify problems in the existing sanitary sewer system and storm system. These problem areas manifested themselves during the prolonged episodes of flooding caused by a series of severe storms in 1992.

Since being established, this department has helped tremendously in locating problem areas throughout the City and has decreased the amount of storm water entering the sanitary sewer system.

Equipment and personnel were added to perform routine inspections and maintenance on all storm and sanitary sewers on a regular basis. The program consists of regular catch basin and storm sewer cleaning as well as inspections and cleaning of sanitary sewers. Visual inspections are performed with TV equipment. This helps identify existing and potential pipe integrity problems that may require excavation and repair.



Sewer Problems?

If you are experiencing sewer problems such as slow drains or backups call the Public Works Department at (309) 698-4716. For after-hour emergencies, call the East Peoria Police non-emergency number at (309) 698-4700. The City will dispatch the sewer maintenance personnel to determine if the problem is in the home's service lateral or the City's sanitary sewer main.

This service is provided to all City residents free of charge and may save you the expense of calling a contractor or plumber if the problem exists in the main line. If the personnel determine that the main line is clear, you will be advised to contact a plumber or contractor. The Public Works Department does have a list of plumbers and sewer contractors that are licensed to do repair work in the City of East Peoria. The City can not recommend any plumbers or contractors.

Causes for backups are blockages that are caused by misuse from products or objects being flushed down the drain that should not be. Another common problem are tree roots that entered the sewer service or lateral pipe through a joint or broken pipe.

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Preventative Maintenance

In the City of East Peoria the homeowner or business owner is responsible for the sanitary sewer lateral from their home to the connection on the main. Fortunately, many sewer problems may be avoided through maintenance by the homeowner. Here are a few suggestions for avoiding future problems.

Tree roots - Tree roots and shrubs tend to seek moisture and their roots system will find a crack in your pipe. These roots over time will grow and eventually cause a blockage, which in turn will create a backup. If you continue to have a root problem it may be necessary to hire a plumber or contractor to cut them out regularly. When the roots have caused the line to be broken it may be necessary to repair or replace the line.

Paper Products - Paper towels, diapers, wipes and feminine products cause problems in sewer service/lateral pipe. Unlike bathroom toilet paper, many of these products do not deteriorate quickly. Once the product is flushed it may become lodged in your lateral causing a backup. Some of these products may go through your lateral and become lodged in the main and cause a problem for a neighbor. Please dispose of these products in the regular garbage.

Grease - People still dispose of grease/cooking oil down the drain. They believe that if they wash the grease down with hot water everything will be fine. The grease will go down the drain, but when the water has stopped the grease solidifies in your homes plumbing system or lateral. Overtime the line will become restricted and eventually clogs. Put grease/cooking oil in a heat resistant container and dispose of once is has cooled in the garbage. Dry wipe all plates, bowls, pots and pans with paper towels or napkins before rinsing.



Grease Buildup in Sewer System

The build up of grease will cause blockages to occur in both your household and public sewer system. Sewer lines become coated and have less capacity to carry the wastewater. This will lead to increased sanitary sewer backup and flooding into homes, which will mean increased cost of maintenance and repair of sewer pipes. Excessive grease that enters the treatment facility causes interference and operations problems. Blocked sewer pipes, if detected, can also cause the release of untreated sewerage (sanitary sewer overflow) onto the streets creating an environmental issue.


Backflow Prevention

Due to construction of your home, a sewer back flow prevention device may be placed on the sanitary sewer lateral prior to leaving your home. The device prevents the backing up of sewer into your home during heavy rainfalls. These devices should be located in the home and should be inspected and maintained on an annual basis. This is a more cost effective way to reducing potential backups.


Sewer Odor

If you experience sewer odor in your home, you may have a drain trap in the house which has evaporated the water seal. This occurs in the lower level of a home in the floor drains which are not used very often. Pouring a few cups of water in the drain should correct the problem.

If you notice a sound when flushing your toilet it may be a sign of a blocked vent stack. In which case you will need to remove the blockage by running water down the stack to dislodge the object.



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