Preventing Sewer Blockages

Sewer blockages are one of the fastest growing problems facing cities.

Blockages occur within the sewer system whenever something goes down a drain that should not. Many parents will attest to the fact that children often flush unlikely objects down the toilet and block the lines, requiring the expensive services of a plumber to fix.

But blockages within a resident's home are just the tip of the iceberg. Folks often send things down their drains never suspecting the problems those things pose for the City or their neighbors down stream

View what people throughout the water district are doing to help prevent blockages.

Beware of FOG (Fats, Oils, and Grease)!

Fats, Oils, and Grease are easily poured down the drain after meal preparation is complete. However, as they travel through drains, they begin to cool, congeal and clump together, eventually becoming so large that they obstruct flow through the pipes. When this happens, the sewer system backs up and overflows; requiring expensive clean-up, and negatively impacting our local creeks, streams, and wildlife.

See this list of 'do's' and 'don'ts' from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

When FOG blockages are detected, the City dispatches crews to the "hot spot" where they try to break up the blockage before an overflow occurs. Work crews will use high pressure water to melt the blockage. This doesn't eliminate FOG from the system, it just moves it further down the line where our neighbors must deal with the problem.

What can I do?

The City of Frisco has a unique FOG recycling program! Rather than scraping your FOG down the drain, scrape it into a seal-able container and throw it away in your trash, or bring it to Frisco's Environmental Services Center at 6616 Walnut Street. Not only will you help to defend Frisco's drains from FOG-clogs, but you will help your neighbors downstream, and protect the environment.

Toilets Are Not Trash Cans

Remember, if it isn't toilet paper, or human waste, it doesn't belong in the toilet. Treating a toilet like a trash can creates huge problems for infrastructure. Resolving those problems comes at a cost that is passed along to tax payers.

Flushable wipes are the fastest growing form of blockages. While these products may be flushable  (meaning they will go down the drain), they do not break up the way toilet paper does. This can cause rag balls to form, blocking sewer lines.

Rag Ball Removal