Tips for Homeowners
While cleaning gardens for spring, residents should keep public storm sewer drains and sanitary sewers clear of leaves, grass clippings, sticks, rocks and trash. The Village of Itasca is issuing this reminder because these items can cause blockages in storm and sanitary sewers
If swept into the storm drains, yard waste or trash can end up in nearby creeks and streams, polluting the environment. These same items can block the public sewer systems causing back-ups in homes and businesses.
Steps to Keep Private Sewer Lines Free
Residents can also take steps to keep their private sewer lines flowing freely. Homeowners and businesses are responsible for their lateral sewer lines, which connect to the Village’s sewer system. These tips can help prevent blockages:
Don’t put cooking oils or grease down a garbage disposal or drains. Fats, oils, and grease can build up in the system, potentially creating a blockage.
Don’t flush disposable diapers, tampons or sanitary napkins down the toilet - even though some labels indicate it is acceptable to do so.
Never dump motor oil into drains or sewers. The Itasca Public Works Department has a used oil recycling program in place for residents to dispose of used oil. Bring your used oil to our Public Works facility at 411 North Prospect Avenue for disposal. You can call 630-773-2455 for more information.
Most insurance carriers do not automatically cover damages caused by flooding or sewer backups. Homeowners should contact their insurance carriers for specific coverage information.
If a homeowner experiences a sewage backup please contact the Village of Itasca Public, Works Department at 630-773-2455 Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. After regular business hours we can be reached at 630-773-1004 Itasca Police Department’s non-emergency number.