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Storm vs. Sanitary Sewers

As mentioned in previous posts what you do and don’t do when it comes to your plumbing can have a negative/positive effect. In the case of your sewer/water line they are a vital to keeping your property in tip-top shape. You can think of them as the heart and brain of your plumbing system. This is why is important to understand the sewer system and the 2 types, sanitary and storm. The sanitary sewer system is underground and carries sewage waste from sinks, showers, toilets etc., to a waste water treatment plant where it is then filtered and discharged. The storm sewer system carries rainfall runoff and other drainage to underground pipes/open ditches into streams, rivers and other bodies of water. The storm sewer drain is most commonly found in curbs and outdoor areas.


However, some older buildings have drains that connect to both systems. With this information being stated it is important to keep a close eye on the items thrown down your sewer and sanitary lines. Disposing of grass, leaves, chemicals, plastic materials or other hazardous substances in a sanitary/storm system can cause clogs that create flooding, corrode/ break pipe lines or are harmful to wildlife’s water supply. Make sure to keep an eye out for your plumbing and the environment around you.



Contact Empire Water Main & Sewer today 718-715-4862 if you are experiencing any issues with your sanitary or sewer system!!

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