PSA: Don’t Back Up Sewers When Getting Rid Of Chometz

Dear Lakewood Residents,

As a local plumber, I feel that it is my duty to notify the klal of an issue arising from the recent psak to flush chometz down the toilet in lieu of sreifas chometz. The problem with this mode of getting rid of chometz is the rising number of sewer backups resulting from it.

Please be aware that any items larger than crumbs will get stuck in the sewer system’s pumps which will then result in a sewer backup. While flushing chometz down the toilet is the best way of being mekayeim sreifas chometz – as poskim and plumbers are well aware – please adhere to only flushing crumbs of chometz. Do not attempt to flush full pieces of chometz down your toilet. This will only lead to a lot of agitation when your sewer backs up.

As many local plumbers are not servicing private residences due to the heath risks involved in this line of work at this time, it may be difficult to get your sewer fixed if it does back up.

Please adhere to these guidelines in order to spare yourself from distress.

Wishing all a chag kosher v’sameach!

A Local Plumber

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  1. Excellent point.
    And thank you.
    If a person has a fire pit, can he burn his Chometz there, just with his family ?
    Not that I have a fire pit, of course.
    Chag kosher V’Sameach !!

  2. thank you for letting everybody know
    because there are people that will flush down much more then your supposed to because people think your not going to be yotza

  3. well the posak says “Shifchi kamayim libeich” and we know that chometz is k’neged the yetzer hora in the the lev, so i think it would be more appropiate to do it in large doses.

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