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Home Sewer Lines Who Is Responsible For Repairs

A professional water damage expert stands on top of a sewer line cover.Originally posted on: 12/22/2014

There are many culprits that can be held accountable when referring to sewer pipe damage. Some of the factors that can cause the damage are root growth, calcification, aging lines, and even land movement.

Sewer Line Issues the Impact Your Home or Business

Did you know that nearly one million North American home and business owners have to deal with this issue each year?

The end result is millions of dollars in repairs as well as increased taxes, because the municipalities also can bear the damage of a crumbling sewage infrastructure. Now, there are two different types of sewage pipes: public and private.

A sewer pipe can be either the responsibility of the property owner or the water company. The best way to determine who will be responsible for the repairs is to consult with your local government or even the local utility company can figure it out for you. The age of the sewer pipe is usually taken into consideration when determining whether a pipe is either public or private property.

When the Local Utility Company May Need to Help

The local utility company is actually required by law to have a map that blueprints the particulars of the sewage lines in and around your home, and can educate you on what is your responsibility, and what is the city’s responsibility.

With a private sewage pipe, the repair and maintenance of the system is solely left to the homeowner. That means if your pipes burst, you will have to call to get it fixed. The section of the sewage pipe that extends from the public line to the home is considered to be private, and only a bonded and licensed plumbing contractor or sewer contractor can repair the sewer line.

Now, a drain, which is a pipe that carries the waste and wastewater to the sewer, is also the homeowner’s responsibility. But how do you handle a sewage problem, whether public or private?

The main sewer pipe can become clogged for many reasons, and when this occurs, it is the responsibility of the public water utility company to come out and fix it. You should always call them because they can send out a licensed specialist who can quickly assess the issue and fix it accordingly. You should try to determine whether this issue started from the home, because if it did, you will have to take on the full responsibility of the inspection and repair costs when you call a certified professional for any type of services. If the public utility specialist does find that the problem originated within the private sewage lines, you will need to call a professional plumbing immediately.

Trenchless Sewer Pipes

When dealing with faulty or broken sewage pipes, trenchless sewer pipes are the method of choice and they are more efficient and effective.

The method of a trenchless sewer pipe involves developing a pipe within the original sewer pipe, which will then collect all of the waste. This waste poses many health risks to residents if it spills out, but the trenchless method combats this. This method is a very cost-effective solution that will not only ward off any root growth, but it will also maintain the structural integrity of your sewage pipes and will also increase the flow capacity. Also, through the trenchless method, homeowners will often avoid having to re-landscape completely.

Call in the Experts to Handle Your Sewer Line Issues

There are many issues that may impact your sewer lines. Whether the problem takes place in the main line, in the piping to your home, or within your home, we can help you. The water damage restoration and repair experts at Jarvis Construction are available to help protect your home and business. Give us a call today to solve your sewer line issues before costly damages occur. 

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