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Side Sewers 101: The What, The Who, The Why.

The side sewer is the unsung hero of your plumbing that plays a vital role in helping keep your household clean and healthy. Keep reading to learn how to locate your side sewer, how to determine its condition, and how to properly maintain it to keep your entire plumbing system running smoothly!

What Is A Side Sewer?

The side sewer is the line that carries wastewater from sinks, toilets, and other drains away from your home to the main city sewer line located under the street. If the side sewer gets clogged or damaged, waste can backup into your home!

Who Is Responsible For The Side Sewer?

If you own a house or building, you are also the proud owner of its side sewer. As such, it’s important that you know where your side sewer is located and ascertain its condition.

If you are a resident of Seattle, you can find information about your property’s side sewer location on the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections (DCI) website using their interactive search tool. If you live outside of the Seattle area, try contacting your city utility department.

To find out the condition of your side sewer, schedule an appointment for a video camera inspection with a licensed plumber. They will be able to see if there are any cracks in the pipe, plant roots, or build up that could potentially cause problems.

Why Maintain Your Side Sewer?

Regularly cleaning out your side sewer can go a long way towards preventing a costly repair in the future. Make sure you hire a professional to cable your pipes to remove plant roots, particularly if you live in an area with a lot of trees. Only flush toilet paper and other easily dissolved waste down your drains. Improperly disposed of grease, sanitary products, and food waste are among the top culprits for sewer line clogs.

If you need help with your side sewer contact the experts at Best Plumbing today! Serving Puget Sound residents since 1968, our fully licensed plumbers can conduct video inspections, clean out lines, and replace broken pipes to keep your home plumbing working perfectly!

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