Sanitary Sewer Line Cleaning

The Program

Spotsylvania County Utilities Maintenance Crews perform preventive maintenance cleaning of the County-owned sanitary sewer mains.  The work is done to prevent mainline stoppages and potential backups.

Cleaning is accomplished using high pressure water jet to remove buildup within the sewer lines.  This cleaning creates a vacuum in the sewer system, and in rare occurrences, can pull water out of your toilet(s) if you do not have a backflow device installed on your sewer line.  After the vacuum is released, the water rushes back into your toilet(s), and on rare occasions, may splash out of the toilet bowl.

Closing your toilet lid(s) during this process will greatly reduce the possibility of any negative issues.  Please make sure your toilet lid(s) remain down, with a towel draped over the toilet lid(s) as an added precaution, during the time that we are cleaning in your area. 

Where Crews Are Working

Message boards will be set-up one to two days in advance in the area(s) where sanitary sewer line cleaning is taking place. And, information will be posted on the Utilities News (LINK).  Crews generally work Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., with exception of holidays.  

What if I have an issue?

If you experience any issues when sanitary sewer line cleaning is taking place in your area, please contact the Spotsylvania County Utilities Maintenance Crew working in the area and they will gladly assist you.  If you are unable to locate the Maintenance Crew, please call the Spotsylvania County Utilities office at 540-507-7300, Option 2.

The Spotsylvania County Utilities department is doing our best to serve you, the community and the environment every day and this program is necessary to enhance service reliability.