Public Works has several programs to maintain the Village sewer system and reduce blockages by implementing regular street sweeping, catch basin cleaning and using closed circuit television (CCTV) inspections. Despite these programs sanitary sewer backups may occur at any time. The number one sign of a sewer backup is flooding in the basement.
Street flooding is often mistaken for sewer main blockage and backup. Rather a flooded street is the result of a blocked catch basin / street inlet usually occurring during a significant storm event. The heavy rains dump water and debris which are prevented from entering the sewer system and reaching a basement. Blockages may occur either in the homeowner’s private sanitary service line (resident responsibility) or in the public sanitary sewer system (Village responsibility).
Public Works is responsible for the maintenance of the public portion of the Village’s sewer system:
- Catch Basins
- Sewer Mains
- Street Inlets
Property Owner Responsibility
The Property Owner is responsible from their residence’s sanitary system including the point where the home or business connects to the Village sewer main. General maintenance of your individual sewer line should include root intrusion prevention. A primary culprit for sewer backups in root intrusion into the property’s service line. If roots are suspected residents should call a certified plumber to determine the blockage.