Food preparation in a complex of apartments, townhome and condo units creates a grease problem. Multiple kitchens, sinks and drains are in close proximity. All that grease hits a bottleneck when it connects the building's plumbing to city pipes.
Some renters may think, "It's not my house, so it's not my problem" - but it becomes their problem when wastewater overflows into their apartment. Personal property can be destroyed and their home becomes temporarily uninhabitable. When clogs and overflows happen, repairs can't be made without shutting off water to the entire building or area, causing headaches for every resident.
If every resident in a large complex were to allow just a teaspoon of grease to enter the pipes each week, it would all add up to a very serious problem.
Drain Clogs Are Worse for Multifamily Units
For tenants, plumbing backups aren't just inconvenient - they can also cause flooding that can destroy personal possessions in your own apartment and your neighbors'. Multiple floors for condo and apartment buildings are common even in a city as flat as Abilene.
Many residents are surprised to find that a drain clog is their responsibility, even damage that happens in neighboring units. If your condo or apartment is the source for a clogged drain that floods the entire floor below, you are liable for the damage.
Renter's insurance and condo insurance policies typically exclude damage caused by sewer overflow and drain backups.