Is the Local City Responsible For Replacing Sewer Lines?

Is the Local City Responsible For Replacing the Sewer Line?Sewer line replacements and backups are a repair nightmare that most people hope they never have to deal with. Not only are sewer backup issues serious work, they can be fairly costly. But as the homeowner, are you responsible for the replacement of faulty sewer lines? In most cases, the city and utility companies are not held responsible for sewer backups on a residential property.

Utility company responsibility typically ends once the lateral or side sewer line begins on a particular property, but to be sure about your town’s guidelines, it’s important to make a call to your area’s Public Works Department or Sewer Department. Should you need assistance with a sewer backup or replacement, call the experts you can count on: Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc.

Signs of Sewer Line Cracks & Backups

Slow Drainage

The sewer line serves as the exit pipe for all the wastewater from your home. If there is a break, you may see slow drainage from all the drains in your home. In severe cases, a cracked sewer line on your property may cause a sewer backup. If you notice your bathroom or kitchen drains are not able to flush water, this is a common indicator of a backup. In addition, issues with flushing toilets may also be a sign of a sewer line blockage from a moderate to severe backup.

Foul Odors on Your Property

A broken sewer line can release foul odors, which you may smell in the air around your home or even coming from drains. A clear indicator of a severe sewer backup is the formation of large puddles in your yard. As the wastewater escapes from your sewer line, it makes its way to the surface and can create sogginess or puddles in your yard.

If you notice the drains or toilets in your home gurgling, while using a water appliance such as a dishwasher, this can be indicative of a clogged or broken sewer line.

Causes of Sewer Line Breaks & Backups

There are a number of reasons your sewer line can break. A common cause of sewer line cracks and backups is tree root infiltration. Tree roots are very strong and can crush a sewer pipe, particularly if it is an aging pipe. Paper hygiene products such as maxi pads, tampons, diapers are also capable of sewer backups. Since these products do not break down, they may get stuck in the sewer line and cause the pipe to break. Disposing of paper hygiene products in your garbage can save you money in the long run.

Sewer lines are durable, but they do not last forever. If you live in or are purchasing an older home, you may want to ask about the sewer line to find out how old the piping is.

A sewer line or water line leak is a serious emergency plumbing repair project and should only be handled by experts who understand the process of diagnosing and repairing a sewer backup. If you suspect you may have a broken sewer line, call our team of professional plumbers by phone at (484) 474-5373 or book an appointment on our website. From leaking water heaters, cracked gas lines, to malfunctioning sump pumps, our team has the resources and tools to resolve your issue.

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