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The Department of Public Works maintains a list of all businesses that carry a drainlayer’s license in the City of Framingham. Click the link for the list of licensed drainlayers.
- Only use paper products in your toilet that are made safe for flushing, like toilet papers, and tissues. Although flushable applicators are a product available, they are still responsible for many cases of toilet clogs. Avoid using the toilet as a trash can.
- Avoid pouring grease, cooking or otherwise, down your drains, as this is the main cause of drain clogging. If grease accidentally gets in your drains you should run hot water for a few minutes to better flush it through the lines. This is not a guaranteed solution however which is why an alternative manner of grease disposal is to allow the grease to cool in the pan and then use paper towels to scoop it into the waste basket.
- Hair is a very common way for internal plumbing, and private sewer services to become clogged. Making sure you have a drain cover over your drains, and not just an open hole is important in avoiding this. Regularly cleaning the hair on your drains is very helpful.
Blockages in the main can affect you in fixtures you may have below the sewer grade level, it is recommended that you have a check valve installed on your property. The device keeps the sewage from backing up into any fixtures below the level of the main. Prevention is a great way to deal with a main back-up because you never know when one can occur.
Please report any instance of this to the Sewer Department so that we can schedule personnel to attend to these matters. There are many different metal fixtures in the road so it can be confusing to identify which is a sewer manhole, and which is a water gate valve cover, etc. Just guess the best you can and if you call the wrong cover in, any Public Works personnel should be able to forward the call or information to the right department. Although not always the case, here are a few descriptions of common road fixtures to help you with identifying. -Sewer manhole cover – These are generally solid round covers, approximately 26” in diameter. -Water gate valve cover – These are smaller solid round or square covers, generally 4”-10” in diameter. -Catch basins – These are the open grated covers that allow for drainage, seen mostly in the streets and along sidewalks. The City Highway Department is responsible for maintaining these.