You can help prevent overflows of raw or partially treated wastewater by being careful about what you flush down the toilet (only pee, poo and paper!); reducing your water use during heavy rains (avoid running dishwashers and washing machines); and keeping kitchen greases and oils out of your drains. If you have an older home, consider having a camera scope inspection to make sure the pipe from your home to the street (your sewer lateral) isn’t cracked or damaged by tree roots.

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