How do I prevent sewer back-ups?
The city's sewers are designed to dispose of very specific things. Using your toilet for disposal of many modern products will often result in blockages. The drains that connect your home to the main sewer are only big enough to carry water, toilet paper and human waste - often no wider than four inches. How to Avoid Backups in your Basement

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1. What portion of the wastewater distribution system is the property owner's responsibility?
2. How do I prevent sewer back-ups?
3. What do I do if I smell a sewer odor in my basement?