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Green paint is the color designated for sewer lines by the Ohio Utilities Protection Service or OUPS. Whenever anyone is going to do utility work that requires digging into the ground (gas or water lines, light poles, electric, telephone, or cable lines, etc.) they must call OUPS two days in advance and a representative from the utility company will go to the proposed site and mark any utility they have underground with their designated color. This is done to prevent damage to their utilities that may be in the way of the work to be performed.
Grease enters from homes and / or restaurant pouring their used cooking grease down the drain. This grease will solidify in their own service lines as well as the sewer main and will lead to blockage of the lines causing backups and flooding. Residents should allow cooking oil and grease to cool down, then discard it in the trash can. Restaurants and other businesses should have grease traps installed and properly maintained.
There is no rule of thumb here, it would depend on the condition of the lateral, as well as if trees or shrubs are near the lateral causing a root problem.
After it has been confirmed that a lateral is in fact broken the procedures for repair will depend on where the break is. If the break is on your side of the curb it can be repaired by a licensed plumber after a permit is pulled. If the break is in the street side of the curb the plumber must pull the permit and then get in contact with Sewer Maintenance to have City crews do all work that would be required from the Sewer main to the curb. The City would then charge the plumber for work to the main and the plumber charges you.
That depends on a number of factors such as, length of lateral, depth of main, class of street etc. A schedule of prices can be obtained from the Division of Sewer Maintenance by calling 333-4915.
An overtaxed sewer main due to heavy rain could be caused by a number of things. Roof downspouts draining too close to the house, a problem with the perimeter or foundation drains, problems with a sump-pump, or a blockage of the main could also be the cause etc.(are all examples of internal plumbing problems.) An overtaxed sewer main due to the heavy rain or a blockage of the main could also be the cause. Although we may not be able to determine the exact cause of the problem, Sewer Maintenance can determine if it is being caused by a problem with the sewer main, or if it is an internal plumbing problem.
Pine-Sol or any other disinfectant is good to use in the event of sewage back up, the product our crews use is actually to deodorize and not a true disinfectant.
Call the Division of Sewer Maintenance at 333-4915 to report problems with drainage near your property and street flooding, as well as any other sewer related problems. We will work with other city agencies, such as Water Engineering, to determine what steps are needed to correct these problems.
No. Catch basins are part of the public storm sewer system and are the responsibility of the Division of Sewer Maintenance. If a problem exists in your area, contact the Division of Sewer Maintenance and a crew will investigate the complaint for potential repair.
The storm fee was created due to a new EPA mandate to improve the quality of water being discharged to rivers and streams to reduce pollution. The fee is charged to any property within the City's corporate limit having it's rain water runoff conveyed either through the storm water sewer system directly or indirectly through other channels to the public storm sewers discharging to a river and/or stream. A portion of the fee is designated to the overall maintenance of the existing storm water system. The fee is also used to help educate the public and private industries on how to employ best practices to reduce pollution in the rainwater leaving their properties going to local rivers and streams. Additionally, street sweeping is also an activity supported by the fee in an effort to reduce litter and other contaminants on the street from reaching the rivers.