Lateral Sewer Line

Who’s Liable For Your Lateral Sewer Line?

Newer homes don’t have to worry much about your sewer line, but with older homes, our sewer line can spark some concern. It’s not uncommon for us to see a sewer line break under our roadways, and in some cases, turning into sinkholes. What that tells us is that our pipe wears out. Just the other day I received a notice from a company that will provide insurance for your sewer line that’s connected to the street. Some homeowners think that the sewer pipe connected to the street is the responsibility of the city. Not so, it is the property owner’s responsibility for the lateral sewer pipe that’s connected to the city sewer main. That even includes the connection passed the property line or on an easement.

For A Break Beyond The Property Line, Call Your City’s Sewer Emergency Line

If your sewer line is leaking, a licensed plumbing contractor can inspect your sewer main for breaks or cracks by inserting a video camera down the pipe. It’s the homeowner’s responsibility to repair a sewer pipe if it lies between the house and the property line. If your plumbing technician finds that the compromised pipe is beyond the property line, then they should call the City’s Sewer Emergency Line. In most cases, an inspection can be completed shortly after the call, but it could take up to 24 hours. It’s the homeowner’s responsibility to repair a sewer pipe if it lies between the house and the property line.

Maintaining Your Lateral Sewer Line Is Your Responsibility

If you’re in the process of buying a home, it’s a good idea to have your lateral sewer line inspected. According to the City of San Diego, roots and cooking grease are the leading cause of public and private sewer spills. Maintaining your lateral sewer line is your responsibility. Keeping it clean and open can save a property owner a significant amount of money.

Ways To Eliminate A Sewage Spill

Clogged Lateral Sewer Line

  • Freeze grease in a disposable container and throw it in the trash. Never through grease down the drain.
  • You can dispose of large amounts of grease at a landfill recycling center.
  • Never throw the following down your toilet: diaper wipes, cleaning rags, sanitary napkins, food, and tampons.
  • If you’re having problems with root infestation, call your plumbing professional, hydro jetting can remove roots.
  • Flush your sewer lateral at least once a year through your cleanout with a high-pressure hose.

If you have a broken sewer line, call the experts at Big B’s Plumbing. We have you covered with fast, reliable service.

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