Have you ever heard of a side sewer? If you own property in the greater Seattle area, it’s important to be knowledgeable about the plumbing on your land as you are legally obligated to maintain the pipes that connect to the public sewer main. Join Best Plumbing as we discuss side sewers and some of the best ways to take care of them.
What is a Side Sewer?
In every city, there is a sewer line that is run and paid for by the city itself. But leading to these sewer lines are a series of smaller side sewers that reside on the property of homeowners and businesses. These side sewers transfer water and waste from the home or business out to the city-run sewer line. Side sewers are the responsibility of whoever owns the land they are located on, and therefore cannot be simply dismissed as someone else’s problem.
How to Take Care of Your Side Sewer
In order to properly take care of your side sewer, you need to know what you’re working with. Finding out the placement of your sewer and the material it is made of is an important first step. By knowing the placement of your sewer you can avoid planting any trees or bushes that may root into the sewer line. You can also avoid other types of landscaping projects that might accidentally disturb the sewer line and cause an issue.
Learning what material your side sewer is constructed from will help you to determine a replacement timeline and what types of warning to be on the lookout for. For example, if you have an older home you may have a side sewer that is made out of concrete, which tends to last about eighty years. If you don’t know if your side sewer has ever been changed, be sure to schedule an appointment to have the line evaluated for any signs of potential problems.
Contact Best Plumbing and we’ll help you get a handle on your side sewer. By running a video camera throughout the length of the line we’ll be able to check for any damages, or other points of concern, to prevent the risk of a costly sewer back up on your property.
Best Plumbing has been serving residents in the Puget Sound area since 1968. If you need help identifying your side sewer, maintaining it, or repairing it, then give us a call. In addition to our normal hours, we are available 24/7 for emergency services. We’re here to help you with all of your plumbing needs!