No one wants to find themselves on the hook for lateral sewer line replacement in Covina. If you find yourself dealing with sewer-related problems at your home or your business, you need to know what you’re responsible for fixing. In this post, we discuss various situations that raise questions for property owners about sewer line replacement.
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When Does the City Pay for Lateral Sewer Line Replacement?
When plumbing problems happen at the street, our customers often ask us who is responsible for the fixing the issue. Is the city responsible? Or, is the property owner on the hook?
In most cases, the property owner is responsible for all repair or replacement services on their property and those that happen under easements. Even if the city’s sewer line clogs, it could be your responsibility to clear the line. The city is only responsible when the problem happens at the main sewer line, which is not on private property.
Is the Previous Owner Responsible for Sewer Line Replacement?
Property owners often feel duped when they buy a property and shortly after closing they have to deal with sewer-related problems. Unfortunately, once those closing papers get signed, the new property owner is responsible for all repairs or replacement even if those problems are preexisting. Don’t get blindsided by a serious sewer problem. Before you purchase a new property, have a licensed sewer contractor inspect the line.
Regular inspection services don’t use equipment like sewer cameras. Therefore, there’s no way to know exactly what’s going on inside the pipe unless you have this service. The previous owners might not have been aware there were problems either. Issues like tree roots, cracks, and misaligned pipes cause problems that build over time.
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Will Insurance Cover Lateral Sewer Line Replacement?
If you have expensive sewer problems that you’re responsible for, check with your insurance company to find out what they cover. Depending on what caused the problem, you may get some help to cover the costs. All insurance policies are different, so the best people to answer this question is your residential or commercial insurance provider.
Tips to Keep Your Sewer Pipes in Good Shape
The cheapest sewer replacement or repair is one you don’t need. Well-maintained pipes have less of a chance of needing emergency services. Luckily, there are ways for property owners to keep their sewer line in good shape. Follow these professional tips to keep your sewer system working well for longer:
Schedule Annual Sewer Inspection and Cleaning Services
Once a year, we suggest having your sewer system professionally inspected and cleaned. A camera inspection identifies potential problems, so you have time to make repairs. Hydro-jetting clears away debris, leaving your pipes as clean as when they were first installed. Commercial properties in the food industry should also stay on top of grease trap cleaning.
Use Your Plumbing Correctly
Remind everyone who uses the plumbing in your home or business what’s appropriate to flush down the toilet or rinse down the sink. All the water that leaves your property goes through the sewer system. Non-organic substances can’t breakdown like waste material, which means if you introduce too much of the wrong items into the system, you end up with clogs and other problems that affect the length of the pipe.
Don’t Delay Calling for Service
If you have frequent drain clogs, smell foul odors, or notice raw sewage on our property, don’t wait to call for service. Getting a head start on problems can help you avoid pipe replacement.
When you need lateral sewer line replacement in Covina, trust our city-bonded sewer contractors to help you fix this problem ASAP!