Have you been told you need lateral sewer line replacement in Altadena? For many people, the term “lateral sewer line” is unknown. That’s because most people think of their property’s sewer line as being one continuous line without different sections. However, when your sewer contractor tells you that you need a lateral sewer pipe repair or replacement, here are some things you’ll want to know.

What Is a Lateral Sewer Line?

This is the sewer pipe that runs from the privately owned property to the public-owned sewer main. The lateral line comprises two parts, an upper part and a lower part. Damage can happen to either part of the lateral because of tree root infestation, old age, soil changes, or clogged pipes.

Who Is Responsible for Replacing the Lateral Line?

If you need lateral sewer replacements, the private property owner assumes the costs. Even though the lower lateral connects to the city-owned portion of the sewer system, the city doesn’t contribute to the repair cost. That’s why it’s always in the private property owner’s best interest to maintain and inspect the lateral sewer line regularly.

Why Should I Care about Lateral Sewer Pipes?

Anytime there’s a cracked or damaged sewer connection, this puts your property at an increased risk of experiencing costly sewer backups that damage it and create health hazards. Sewer laterals aren’t just responsible for moving the wastewater leaving your home or business. They also move storm water after heavy rainfall through the pipe to the public sewer system. If the lateral line is broken or clogged, the rainwater doesn’t have anywhere to go and it causes sewage spillages and backups on your property. Should the sewage backup on the street causing flooding or destruction to others’ property, you could be responsible for the damages.

What Are the Benefits of Regular Sewer Lateral Inspection and Cleaning?

The primary benefits of maintaining your sewer laterals is that you prevent leaks and spills on your property, lowering repair and replacement costs and raising your building’s value. However, property owners should consider the benefits to the local community that comes from maintaining sewer lines.

When sewage stays in the sewer system, the environment benefits. Leaky pipes might not cause immediate harm to your property, but when wastewater leaks into the soil it kills vegetation. It also makes its way into the groundwater and flows into streams, creeks, and other bodies of water that the wildlife drinks from. By maintaining your property’s water and sewer system, you contribute to a healthier community.

Camera Inspection Services Provide Insight

The best way to know the current condition of your sewer lateral is to hire a sewer contractor to run a camera through the line. At Street Works Engineering Sewer and Septic, we have equipment that lets us identify problems in small-diameter residential lines and large-diameter commercial sewer pipes. Finding issues as quickly as possible protects your property and reduces the chances of needing emergency sewer pipe replacement.

24-hour Lateral Sewer Line Replacement

Should a lateral break without warning, we’re here for you. Our team of city-bonded sewer repair contractors is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to help you with sewer repair and replacement services. We have the credentials to dig under public access areas, which is where most lower laterals are located. We’ll take care of the permits, the inspections, and everything else needed to make sure the job gets done right the first time.

For lateral sewer line replacement in Altadena and throughout Los Angeles County, call Street Works Engineering Sewer and Septic at (866) 377-4002!