Residents of Marion’s north hill should be taking precautions to ward off ugly outcomes of sewer cleaning.
Notes left on doors last week notified residents of this week’s sewer cleaning.
The notes asked residents to cover floor drains with plastic and place a weight on the plastic, cover all toilets with plastic and close the lids on the plastic, and run water into each drain if they notice an unpleasant odor.
Utilities supervisor Marty Fredrickson said he had never known of backflow blowing out of a toilet because of sewer line cleaning.
He said closing the lid was probably sufficient.
“A floor drain is definitely more likely if there’s going to be a problem,” he said.
Fredrickson said the work would be done through Friday. Sewers are cleaned in each neighborhood every three years on a rotating schedule, he said.
This year is the north hill’s turn. Next year sewers in the valley will be cleaned and then sewers on the south hill.
Goddard-based Mayer Specialties is doing the work.