One of the most common questions we receive from homeowners is about who bears responsibility for maintaining their sewer line. Does the homeowner need to seek out professional help with plumbing in Modesto, CA, or is it the municipality’s responsibility to keep the sewer pipe that carries waste away in good condition?
There’s always a chance that something could go wrong with this pipe, whether it’s a break in the actual pipe or a blockage that builds up inside of it, so it’s important to know whether the utility company/municipality or the homeowner is responsible.
Unfortunately, the answer is that, in most cases, you as the homeowner are going to be responsible for making the repairs. This is because the point where the sewer line exits the home to where it goes under the property line is all technically considered the responsibility of and property of the homeowner.
But, fortunately, this isn’t likely to pose a significant burden or problem to you. Here’s some information about what to expect if you ever need to make repairs because of sewer line problems.
Getting professional assistance with sewer line issues
You do not have to, and in fact should not, do any work on your sewer line yourself unless you are a trained, professional plumber. Whenever you have problems with your sewer line, you should immediately contact a professional who is certified in completing the type of job you have on your hands, and has all the equipment necessary to get the job done efficiently and safely.
The most common method used in repairing or replacing sewer lines is the trenchless method. This is a strategy for repairing or replacing sewer lines without having to perform significant excavation work that would cause a gigantic mess on your property and likely result in you having to hire professional landscaping help afterward, as the hole would likely extend from your home to the sidewalk.
In trenchless sewer line jobs, plumbers use equipment that performs the work laterally rather than vertically, moving in from each of the ends of the pipe with re-liners that patch up any leaks in the plumbing lines or, if needed, expand to replace the entire pipe.
There are a couple major benefits to this process. First and most obvious is that it doesn’t require you to tear up your property, which means you don’t have to worry about the aesthetic damage the job will do to your home and landscaping. In addition, trenchless plumbing work takes a fraction of the time that standard excavation jobs do, because you don’t have to worry about digging a massive hole safely and effectively. This means that in many cases, you’ll actually be able to save money going with a trenchless job while also maintaining the attractive appearance of your property.
Looking for more information about the steps you need to take when you’re having issues with your sewer line? Contact the team at Alvarado Pumping Septic Service to learn more about our plumbing services in Modesto, CA.