My basement and/or first floor drains are overflowing, especially after a heavy rain. What’s wrong?

Since Rahway is an older community, many of its sewers are combined; i.e., they handle both stormwater and sanitary waste from homes and businesses. During heavy rains, the old sewer mains cannot handle the increased flow of rainwater and sanitary waste. Property owners can help by disconnecting downspouts from sanitary lines, but sometimes, the lateral and/or sewer main become clogged with debris. The city is not permitted on private property to clear private sewer laterals. You may call the DPW to inspect the mains in front of your property and clean them if necessary. Maintenance of sewer laterals is the responsibility of property owners and not the city. If you are having a sewer emergency, you may call the DPW directly at 732-827-2060 during business hours. Outside of business hours, please call the Rahway Police Department at 732-827-2200.

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1. My sidewalk appears to be lifted by tree roots. How can I get it replaced?
2. My basement and/or first floor drains are overflowing, especially after a heavy rain. What’s wrong?
3. During heavy snowfalls, city plows push snow into my freshly-cleaned driveway apron. How can I prevent this?
4. How do I report a pothole?
5. When will the city pick up my leaves?
6. Why won’t the city remove a street tree in front of my home?
7. Who is responsible for the City’s water utility?
8. The street light in front of my home or business is out. What do I do?
9. How can I find out the base flood elevation for my property?
10. Does The City of Rahway Have A Bulk Pickup Day?