Who Should I Call for a Sewer Line Problem?

If you are on a city sewer system, you pay for your waste treatment service and expect them to handle any issues that occur. Waste from your home is whisked away through the municipal sewer system and brought to a treatment plant, a much easier process for a homeowner than a septic system. However, first it must get from your home to the main city sewer line. When you have sewer backup or a broken sewer pipe, you may wonder who to call, a sewer professional or your sewer utility provider.

Home Sewer Line Repairs

In most situations, the city sewer service only covers the main sewer line, not the connecting pipes that go into your home. This means any sewer pipes between the connection to the main line and your home are your responsibility. If your sewer line breaks and is leaking into your yard, you will need to have it repaired. The same is true if a clog in your private sewer line is backing up sewage into your home. These pipes, like the ones in your home, are owned by you and are not considered part of the city sewer service.

Call a Sewer Service Pro

If you are having a sewer line problem, call a sewer service professional. While a plumber can fix pipes in your home, you want a company that handles sewer or septic repairs. A quick inspection can determine where the problem is and what needs to be done to fix the problem. A professional can also determine if a problem is coming from the main city sewer line and help you alert the utility company to have it fixed.

Posted on behalf of:
Seagraves Plumbing Sewer & Septic
4980 Plant Atkinson Rd SE
Smyrna, GA 30080
(494) 792-2221

Septic to Sewer Conversions

If your home is on a septic system, you may be wondering if there are any advantages to converting to a sewer system.  The first consideration is whether you even have the option of converting to sewer.  If there is no municipal sewer service in your area, your only option is to continue with your septic system.

If municipal sewer service is available, then you should consider whether the cost of the conversion makes sense.  Making the conversion is a big job that should be left to a local plumber or sewer-septic professional with experience in sewer installation.

The cost of the conversion varies depending on connection fees, the distance between your home and the municipal sewer line, and any obstacles in between such as driveways or swimming pools, but a typical conversion can cost in the neighborhood of $5,000 to $10,000.   Most sewer-septic professionals will be happy to provide a free estimate.

The advantages of sewer service include less maintenance and lower potential for problems to arise than septic.  Septic systems require regular maintenance including period septic tank pumping and inspections.  The life expectancy of a septic system varies widely depending on the installation and how well it is maintained, but typically 20 to 30 years is about average.  Some septic systems fail much sooner, especially if they are improperly installed or maintained.  A sewer connection lasts almost indefinitely.  In addition, most homebuyers prefer sewer over septic so the value of your home may increase.

The disadvantage of a sewer connection is primarily the cost of the conversion.  In addition, there are monthly charges for sewer service which are generally calculated based on water usage.

Your sewer-septic professional can help you decide if a conversion to sewer is right for your situation.