Sewer Backups


Backups can be caused by a multitude of problems such as grease build up, tree roots, feminine products, towels/wipes, toys, etc. Therefore, we want to remind all residents and businesses to avoid flushing anything other than toilet paper and human waste.

Flushing items that are not meant to be flushed can damage your own sewer pipes as well as the sewer treatment facilities that we all depend on.

Tissues, paper towels, and single-use wipes, including cleansing and diaper wipes, cannot be safely flushed, even if they are labeled "flushable" or "biodegradable". Other non-flushable items include things like:
  • diapers
  • feminine hygiene products
  • disposable toilet brushes
  • disposable gloves
  • cotton swabs
  • dental floss
  • kitty litter

These products do not break down like toilet paper and clog systems very quickly.

Refrain from disposing food scraps, grease, fat, or oil down the drain. These should also be disposed of in the trash to help keep wastewater pipes clear. Grease, fat, and oil can solidify and adhere to the insides of the pipes that carry wastewater from homes and businesses. Over time, these buildups can restrict the flow of wastewater.

Garbage disposals do not prevent grease from washing down the drain. Detergents that claim to dissolve grease may pass it down the line and cause problems in other parts of the wastewater system.

Many sewer blockages occur between the house or business and the sewer main, where the property owner is responsible for correcting and paying for the repair.

At any time, day or night when a sewer backup occurs at your home or business your first call should be to the Borough. As part of your sewer maintenance fee, the Public Works Department will plunge the sewer trap located near your home/business in an effort to remove the clog, possibly saving you the expense of hiring a plumber. If the clog is located between your home and the curb line, we will notify you of the need for plumbing services. The Borough maintains the sewer system from the curb to the main.

During normal business hours, Monday through Friday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM, contact Borough Hall at (610) 374-8273, ext. 221. Outside of normal business hours contact the non-emergency Police line at (610) 373-0111 to dispatch a member of the Public Works Department to your location.