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Sanitary Sewers and Your Home

April 20, 2014 | Blog

Dallas Area Plumbers • Sewers • Repair

Every homeowner should be aware of the two types of sewer systemwater_treatment_facility that can affect their home and property. First, there is the storm sewer system, responsible for carrying storm water from gutters and street drains. Typically, storm sewers empty into a lake or stream, though they may empty into a bay for communities that live near one.

Alternatively, a sanitary sewer system carries waste materials from your home’s toilets, sinks, washing machine, dishwasher, and tub. Consequently, sanitary sewer systems empty into water treatment facilities to avoid contaminating lakes and streams.

Homeowners and Sanitary Sewer Systems

Most homes in most communities are connected to the sewer main via a large pipe that extends from under the house, across the property line, and eventually connects to the city main. The portion of piping running from a house to the property line is typically referred to as the “upper lateral” section, while the piping running from the edge of the property to the city main is referred to as the “lower lateral.” In most communities, homeowners are responsible for any problems that might arise along the “upper lateral” of piping that carries waste from a home to the city main.

Maintenance of Sanitary Sewers

Problems for homeowners in relation to sanitary sewers link to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sanitary_sewer often begins with problems along the upper lateral portion of piping that runs under their property. While all sewers will deteriorate over time, different problems can lead to serious problems with sanitary sewer lines. For example, tree roots infiltrate sewer pipes, leading to leaking and clogs.

In a similar vein, failure on the part of a homeowner to minimize or prevent grease, large amounts of hair, or foreign objects from entering the sanitary sewer line can result in clogs that may require substantial effort to clear. In some cases, snaking a line can remove a clog; however, if the problem is left unaddressed for too long, the sewer line may need to be dug up and portions of it replaced.

Worries about Your Sanitary Sewer Line? Contact Public Service Plumbers

Signs that something may be wrong with your sanitary sewer line include toilets that won’t flush, water backing up in showers, or foul smelling, discolored water flowing back into your sinks, toilets, and tub when water is turned on elsewhere in your house. If you have questions or concerns regarding your sanitary sewer line, call Dallas area plumbers at Public Service Plumbers today at (214) 753-4633 or drop by our store to talk to one of are certified plumbing specialists.

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