Private Sewer Laterals – Everything You Need to Know

A sewer lateral is the pipe which carries waste from your house to the public sewer line in the street. There is the upper lateral which is the pipe between your house and the property line, and the lower lateral which connects the upper lateral to the public sewer line outside your property. Private Sewer … Read more

When are You or the City Responsible for Sewer Lines

The city is responsible for the main public sewer line which runs along the street, and where all the neighborhood private sewer lines are connected to. On the other hand, the homeowner is responsible for the sewer line from the house to the street, including the section outside your property line (lower lateral). Determining responsibility … Read more

Calculating the Ideal Sewer/Drain Pipe Slope Easily

Unlike water which is delivered to your drains under pressure, waste has to flow out of your house via gravity. The only way to ensure that happens without drainage problems is by ensuring that the drain/sewer line has a proper slope. Before going further, let me start by saying that most people confuse the words, … Read more

5 Proven Ways to Find the Sewer Line in Your Property

Locating the sewer line on your property is essential for maintenance and avoiding costly repairs. Here’s a brief summary of proven methods to find the sewer line: 5 Ways to Find the Sewer Line in Your Property The following are some of the ways you can use to find your sewer line: 1. Find where … Read more

Sewage Backing Up in Basement? Why and What to Do

Sewage backing up in the basement is usually caused by a clogged sewer line. Since waste cannot flow out of the house, it starts to back up through the basement since it is the lowest level in the house. Sewage Backing Up in Basement: Causes and What to Do Causes What to Do How Your … Read more

Sewage Smell Outside the House? Why and What to Do

A sewage smell outside the house is often caused by a leaking sewer line, backing up city sewer, blocked plumbing vent or problems with the septic tank. Poorly maintained septic tanks or leach fields will allow sewer gases to escape and hence the sewage smells outside the house. Here is a brief summary of this … Read more

How to Unclog Main Sewer Line – With/Without Cleanout

To unclog your main sewer line, locate the sewer cleanout and slowly remove the cap to release pressure. Use a drain auger/snake to clear the clog. If you don’t have a sewer cleanout, you can unclog the sewer line through the plumbing vent or remove the toilet and access the sewer line from its drain. … Read more

The 8 Clear Signs of a Broken/Leaking Sewer Line

Clear Signs of a Broken/Leaking Sewer Line: It costs between $50 and $250 per foot to replace a sewer line. The cost is higher if the project involves digging trenches under concrete slabs. Sewer line replacement cost will also depend on the length of the sewer line, depth and the type of plumbing used. Expect … Read more

Signs, Causes & Troubleshooting a Clogged Sewer Line

A clogged sewer line is a plumbing issue that can lead to serious problems if not addressed promptly. Here’s a brief summary of the signs, causes, and troubleshooting steps for a clogged sewer line: Signs of a Clogged Sewer Line Causes of a Clogged Sewer Line Troubleshooting a Clogged Sewer Line It costs between $100 … Read more

Sewer Cleanouts-Functions, Locating them, Alternatives

A sewer cleanout is a pipe with a cap/plug that provides direct access to the house’s sewer line to remove blockages and prevent sewer backups. It may be found inside the house or outside but close to the house where it sticks a few inches from the ground and is about 3 to 6 inches … Read more