Sewer Backups… What to do if it happens to you
Sewer backups are usually unexpected and always create a mess. At best, the backup requires unpleasant cleanup and sometimes expensive damage.
Who is going to fix the problem?
That depends on whether the stoppage is in your private line or the St. Clair Township main. If it is in the Township’s main, we fix it as quickly as possible and keep you informed about what’s being done. If the problem is with the private line connecting your house to the Township main, we’ll tell you so you can get it fixed. It is against the law for the Township to work on private property.
Who is going to pay for this?
You pay the bill. This is why it is important to make sure your homeowner’s insurance covers sewer backups.
Will the Township reimburse me for the damage if the backup is in the Township main?
Only if we had advance knowledge that the Township system was at fault and we didn’t fix the problem.
Is the reimbursement process a policy of St. Clair Township, or a law?
This is law. Public funds can’t be spent for private purposes. The Township is only responsible for its own property – not your line or connection to the main. The Township can only be held liable for damages if we knew we had a problem and didn’t fix it in a reasonable time.
How do I find out if I can be reimbursed?
If the stoppage is not in your private line, you can file a claim. St. Clair Township staff will investigate to see if the Township is liable, which includes prior notice of the Township system’s problem.
Make sure you have proper insurance. Sewer backups are not automatically covered by all homeowner’s insurance policies. Check your policy to make sure you are covered for damages due to sewer backups. Remember, the Township is not an insurer. The Township can only pay for damages under extremely limited circumstances set out by law. Don’t assume you’re covered! You may need a special option for coverage. Talk to your insurance agent.
Avoid Future Backups
Call 233-3437 during normal hours, and listen to the prompts after business hours,
at the first sign of a problem – before the sewer backs up.
If your drains are running slowly, for example, call us. We’ll come and check the Township’s sewer main. Dispose of grease and fats with your trash, not down the drain. Even if you run it through a garbage disposal, grease in drains can collect and harden into a plug. Never connect sump pumps, French drains or other flood control systems to your sanitary sewer. It’s illegal and the debris and silt will clog your line. Call a plumber to undo illegal connections.
St. Clair Township Supervisor
107 Service Street
Swansea, IL 62226
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One of the services St. Clair Township provides its citizens is functional sewer systems. Every time you flush your toilet or wash something down the sink you create sewage or waste water. Many times we take this service for granted, but its very important to get rid of waste water and sewage.
The sewer department:
- Oversees the operation of the system, billing and collection of current and deliquent fees.
- Sees that all Federal and State EPA requirements are met.
- Presents monthly reports to the Board of Trustees on the operation of the system and collection of fees and charges.
- Makes sure the proper accounting principles are used to furnish the monthly reports to the trustees and supplies the auditors with yearly reports.
Sewer and waste removal is an important service provided to you by St. Clair Township. It provides a clean place to live, protects your environment and ensures the health and well-being of everyone.
To provide clean water and waste removal from sewage and waste water in order to promote a clean environment, public health and sanitation.
Do not put any types of wipes into the sewer system!