Is there anything I can do to prevent sewage backup into my home?
-- Avoid putting grease down your garbage disposal or household drain. It will solidify, collect debris and accumulate in city lines, or build up in your own sewer service line.

-- Never flush disposable diapers, sanitary napkins, flushable wipes (they're really not flushable) or paper towels down the toilet. They could stop up your drains and may damage your plumbing system.

-- If the lateral line in your older home has a jointed pipe system, consider whether the roots of large shrubs or trees near the line could invade and break pipes. It is a good idea to know the location of your lateral line(s). You can call the Utilities Maintenance division for assistance in locating where your service line connects to the city's sewer main. Your plumber may be able to help you further determine the location of your service line between your house and the city's sewer main.

-- If the lowest level of your home is below ground level, such as a basement floor drain, it may one day be affected by a backup. One way to prevent sewage backup through such below ground areas is to install a "back-flow valve" on the lowest drain(s). You can also use a plumber's test plug to close these drains when not in use.

-- For further information about preventive measures, contact the City of Liberty, a licensed plumber or plumbing supply dealer.

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1. What should I do if sewage backs up into my home?
2. If I call the city, what will they do about a sewer backup onto my property?
3. Is there anything I can do to prevent sewage backup into my home?
4. What does the municipality do to prevent this problem?
5. Will insurance cover any damage to my home or property?
6. How and where should I report a sewer backup?