Is That Sewer Problem the City’s or Mine?

Home Plumbing Troubleshooting

Is That Sewer Problem the City’s or Mine?

If your toilet, sink, or bathtub clogs and your plunger isn’t cutting it, it’s time to call in a pro. Keep these three tips to keep in mind if you aren’t sure who you need to call for drain cleaning and other plumbing services.

Who’s Responsible for the Sewer Problem?

It is a little-known fact that a homeowner is responsible for all sewer lines on their property. This means that lateral sewer lines (also known as sanitary sewer lines) are your responsibility, even though they connect to the sewer main. The only exception to this rule is if a portion of the line extends beyond your property. In such instances, the portion of the line that reaches beyond your front yard or gate may be the city’s responsibility.

When to Call a Plumber

If any of the drains in your home start backing up at the same time, your lateral sewer line may be clogged. If sewage is pooling in your front yard, your building’s foundation is cracking or pests are starting to take up residence in the house, the lateral lines may be cracked and in need of replacement. You will need to call a professional plumbing service to clean out, repair or perhaps replace any faulty lines.

Call a plumber as soon as you notice sewer problems. The problems will only get worse with time. The longer you wait, the more you will have to pay, and the longer it will take to repair the problem. Furthermore, sewer problems can cause sanitary issues in the home that can put your health and your family’s health at risk.

When to Call the City

A good plumber will usually run a camera through your sewer lines to not only identify the problem but also determine where it is located. Let your plumber determine whether or not your issue is with the city. Unless the problem exists in the city tap (usually located in the street), the responsability lies with the homeowner.

If you need drain cleaning, sewer repair, leak detection or any other services to get your home sewer lines working again, contact The Pink Plumber today. We not only charge for the job instead of the hour but also offer a 100 percent guarantee on all our work.