Will My City Sewer Service Fix My Sewer Line?

When you find out you have a problem with your sewer line, you may think your first call should be to your city sewer service. After all, you pay for sewer service every month, so issues with your sewer line should be covered. However, that is rarely the case when it comes to sewer line repairs. Here’s the scoop on sewer line repairs and who is responsible for fixing pipes on your property.

Most municipal sewer services provide drainage of sewage to a local treatment plant. Homes and businesses in the city connect to a main sewer line from their buildings. However, the sewer line that runs from a home out to the main sewer line is not part of the municipal sewer system. In most cases, if a sewer pipe breaks or is clogged, it is the property owner’s responsibility to fix. Exceptions may include if the issue occurs at the connection to the city sewer line or if a backup is caused by the city sewer line.

Repairing Your Sewer Line

The first step to fixing your sewer line issue is to call in a sewer service to inspect your pipes. Your sewer professional can tell you where the problem is; if it is a city sewer line issue, they can let you know and you can contact your city utility department to report the problem. If the problem is with your side sewer pipe, you may be able to cover the cost of repair or replacement through your home insurance, depending on your coverage and what caused the damage.

When repairing a sewer line connected to a city sewer, make sure to use a qualified sewer service. Some cities require certification for sewer services that work on side sewers that are connected to the city system, so check the requirements in your area.

Posted on behalf of:
Kiddco Plumbing Inc
Sterling, VA 20166
(703) 435-4441

Is it a Septic Problem?

Your plumbing and septic system are connected, but there is a difference between a plumbing issue and a septic problem. Your plumbing refers to the pipes and water system inside the house, while your septic system involves waste pipes, your septic tank and drain field. However, both can cause drain issues and sewer backups in your home. How do you know when you just have a clogged drain or if it’s a septic problem?

When a drain or pipe is clogged in your plumbing, it is usually a localized issue. If your toilet or kitchen sink drain is clogged, only those fixtures are affected. Your toilet can overflow due to a clog, but the bathroom sink and shower will still drain. These are clogs in the smaller pipes. Larger plumbing waste pipes can get clogged, but they will still usually only affect one area of the house, not all drains.

A septic backup will affect all drains in your home, usually the ones closest to the main sewer drain pipe first. This means drains in your basement or first floor are most likely to be the first to drain slower. If there is a septic backup, eventually all drains in the home will become slow and may begin not draining at all, or sewage may come up through the drains.

Any sewer backup in your home is a good reason to call a plumber. However, if you have what appears to be a septic backup, you want to call a septic professional. Your septic tank could be full or you may be experiencing a septic failure. Your local septic professional can perform an inspection and figure out the problem and propose a solution.

Posted on behalf of:
Metro Septic LLC
1210 N Tennessee St
Cartersville, GA 30120
(678) 873-7934

Homeowner Versus City Responsibilities for Sewer Problems

Many homeowners who are connected to a city or municipal sewer system may not know what sewer issues are their responsibility, and which belong to the municipality. It’s a common misunderstanding that, since they pay for their sewer service, any problems which may occur will be taken care of through the utility company. However, in most areas there are distinct rules regarding what homeowners are responsible for when it comes to repairing and maintaining their sewer lines.

City Sewer Limitations

In most cities and areas which offer sewer service, there is an expectation that homeowners will share in the responsibility of maintaining the sewer system. Generally, this means that the sewer line from where it connects to the municipal line back into the home is to be cared for by the homeowner. This means any pipes which need to be repaired or replaced on the property will be paid for by the homeowner.

Most sewer backups will be caused by clogs in the pipes close to the house. However, it is possible for there to be a large backup in the main municipal sewer line. If this is the case, the utility company is usually responsible for repairing any issues. However, in most situations, the homeowner will need to call in a sewer service company to inspect the problem before they will know whether the clog is their sewer line or coming from the utility line.

Since the lateral sewer line between the home and city sewer line is the responsibility of the homeowner, it should be maintained to prevent expensive problems. Homeowners should consult their local sewer professionals about how to care for their sewer line to avoid sewer backups and other problems.

Posted on behalf of:
Bynum & Sons Plumbing, Inc.
2120 McDaniels Bridge Rd SW
Lilburn, GA 30047
(770) 736-8283