Sanitary Sewer Blockages - Cause & Effect 26Aug14

August 26, 2014

To:  ALL UNIT OWNERS 
SUBJECT:  SANITARY SEWERS

On Friday July 25th, 2014 we were advised that the sanitary sewer by unit 69 was blocked.  The Site Manager was contacted and a contractor was on-site immediately to take a look at what was happening.  We were advised that the sanitary sewer was backed up and would have to be rectified immediately.  The sewer was unclogged and what we found were massive amounts of hardened grease piles, paper towels and other items which had contributed to the backup of the sewer. The backup was between units 28 and 66.

The following Monday the contractor came back to flush out the sewer lines underground from unit 28 to unit 51 to ensure that another back-up would not occur.  This procedure cost the Corporation $3,000.  Had the contractor not been able to clear the blockage we may have been looking at costs of $15,000 - $20,000. 

It was very important for us to take prompt action to start clearing the blocked sewer line as failure to act in a timely manner may have caused damage to your property as well as to neighboring properties. Blockages are caused when the improper disposal of items such as grease, diapers, washing machine lint and other non-waste items are flushed down the toilet.  We were quite fortunate that we didn’t have any garages and basements flooded with sewage when this occurred.

To prevent backups from occurring in the sanitary sewers or in your home, DO NOT USE drains or toilets to dispose of grease, oils, diapers, paper towels, rags or other material that can harden or settle within the sewer pipes.

If you have a sewer backup in your home, call the Region of Peel at 905-791-7800, ext. 4409.

The Board of Directors