Sewer root cutting project set to begin today

The City of Webster City has contracted with a company named Hydro-Klean to do a root cutting procedure in the sanitary sewers in the residential area South of Ohio Street, including Wall Street and Edgewood Drive area. The work is scheduled for 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is set begin today and should conclude Friday.

This will improve the sewer’s performance and significantly reduce the chance for future sewer backups and related problems.

The cleaning process causes a vacuum in the sewer. This will not affect most homes, but some homes may be affected that have inadequate or partially blocked drain vents. The vacuum may cause “P-traps” (the little S shaped bend in the pipe under sinks and drains) to be sucked dry. Should you notice a sewer smell resulting from this, run a little water in your drains to refill the P-traps. It is recommended that you put the toilet seat(s) down and cover floor drains with an old car floor mat, rug, carpet scrap, or similar item on the days that the sewer cleaning is scheduled. This will minimize any possible splashing of the P-trap water in homes that are poorly vented.