Clogged Drain

Everything that goes down your sinks and toilets goes into the City’s wastewater system. Things that clog your home drain can clog the City’s wastewater system, too.

This system is designed to handle human waste and toilet tissue, which are biodegradable (or will break down biologically). Problems start when non-biodegradable materials enter the system. Two of the most common and troublesome non-biodegradable materials are grease and hair.

Solutions
Slow-moving drains are usually the result of a plumbing problem inside your home. Try a couple of less-toxic home remedies before you run for the more caustic commercial drain cleaners.

Baking Soda & Vinegar
When mixed together, baking soda and vinegar make a forceful gas. Put the baking soda in the drain first then pour the vinegar in. Plug the drain and all overflow drains so the gas has nowhere to go but down.

Boiling Water
Try pouring a kettle of boiling water directly down the drain to loosen grease and dirt.

Wire Coat Hanger
You can sometimes get far enough down a bathtub drain to pull out snarls of hair using a straightened wire coat hanger.

Preventive Maintenance
Here are some simple things you can do to prevent clogs in your household plumbing and the City’s wastewater system.

In the Bathroom
Use the wastebasket to dispose of hair, cotton swabs, plastics, cigarette butts, personal products, and other trash. Use a screen on all your drains to prevent hair and other debris from going into the drain. Regularly remove any hair that collects in your bathtub or shower drain.

In the Kitchen
Wipe grease from pots, pans, and dishes with a paper towel. Collect larger amounts of spent grease in a can and dispose of it in the garbage.

Contact Us
If you feel the City sewer system is not working correctly, please email us or call 425-257-8800.

If it is an after-hours emergency, call 425-257-8821.

Who's Responsible
Any obstructions or clogs that exist in the sewer line between your business or residence and the sewer main in the street or alley are the responsibility of the property owner.