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When is the City of Fresno Responsible for Sewer Lines?

One of the messiest and most expensive jobs in plumbing is sewer line repair and replacement. For city residents, it’s important to know whether you or the city is responsible for footing the bill if a sewer line problem occurs. Otherwise, you may end up paying for a problem that wasn’t your responsibility to cover.

Main Sewer Lines

In the vast majority of cases, the city is responsible only for problems with the main sewer lines. These lines are the pipes that run under public property, like streets, to carry water directly to the treatment plant. The sewer lines from your home and surrounding houses connect to the main sewer line.

Although the city is responsible for the main sewer lines, problems stemming from your property could be your responsibility to pay for. Damage to the main line from your sewer lines or tree roots that come from your property could be your responsibility.

What Are Sewer Laterals?

Laterals are the pipes that run between your house and the main sewer line. The upper lateral connects to your home’s plumbing and runs all the way to the property line, usually ending at the sidewalk or curb. The lower lateral connects the upper lateral and main sewer line.

Unless a problem with your lower lateral occurs due to city construction work or another city-caused problem, homeowners are responsible for sewer line replacement and repair for both the upper and lower laterals. Even though the lower lateral lies outside the property line, it is still a part of your home’s individual plumbing system, so you are responsible for its maintenance.

Sewer Repair in Rural Areas

For those living outside of the city without access to municipal sewer lines, the city is never responsible for plumbing problems. If your home uses a septic tank, it isn’t related to the city’s sewer system.

Does Insurance Cover Sewer Repair?

If a sewer problem is determined to be your responsibility, you might be covered by your home insurance. Depending on whether your homeowner’s policy includes sewer line repair and the level of coverage, your insurance company could partially or fully cover the cost of repairs.

Lee’s Air Conditioning and Plumbing provides Fresno with reliable plumbing services, from sewer line cleanings and leak detection to emergency plumbing service. For more information about Fresno sewer lines or to schedule service, contact Lee’s Air today.

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