Are Homeowners Responsible for Water and Sewer Line Repairs?

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Are Homeowners Responsible for Water and Sewer Line Repairs?

Pipes going to and from your home experience wear and tear over time and can sometimes become damaged from natural events or construction work around or on your property. So, if your water service or sewer lines have a problem, who’s responsible for fixing them?

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Often homeowners are not aware that in many cases it is up to them to attain the appropriate repairs or line replacements. Homeowners are responsible for all piping from the property line to their home. Only pipes that go from the property line to the municipal water main and sewers are the city’s job to maintain.

Water service lines as well as sewer lines can develop leaks, breakages, sagging and clogs. This can result in very costly damages to your property. Flooding and water damage is one of the most severe types of damage that can occur in a home, so it is not something to be taken lightly. Water damage restoration and mold remediation can quickly add up into the thousands and then you also must account for losses such as furniture, flooring, electronics, and other personal belongings.

Plumbing systems are easily forgotten and many times are completely neglected until an actual problem arises. Although your plumbing is not something that is out in the open as pipes are normally hidden away behind walls or under flooring, it is important to remember these vital systems and to properly maintain them. Issues are more likely to occur when they are not looked after, and prevention is the best way to help avoid expensive repairs and replacements. The cost of a sewer line repair can vary from anywhere between $2000 to $15000 and in some cases even more. Water service line repairs generally range from $2000 to $4000.

There are several very simple things that you can do to help prevent major problems from arising with your water and sewage lines. Protect your investment by practicing good maintenance!

  1. Never flush anything that isn’t toilet paper. Items that do not belong down the toilet such as paper towel, feminine hygiene products, diapers, and “flushable” wipes can cause blockages.
  2. Be careful with what goes down your drains. The worst culprit of clogs is grease. It will harden and build up in your pipes.
  3. Avoid the chemical cleaners. These may temporarily fix your problem, but they can be harmful to your pipes even though they claim to be safe. These cleaners use very harsh chemicals that can eat away your plumbing.
  4. Always insulate exposed piping and turn your outdoor water off before the first frost to prevent pipes from freezing and bursting.
  5. Have your water supply and sewer lines inspected yearly by a professional. This can help spot problems early so they can be repaired to avoid a more serious and costly future problem.

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  1. Speak with your insurance company regarding your policy and ask about water service and sewage line coverage.

Some situations are out of your control such as normal wear and tear which will require repairs once your piping has become very aged. However, the small things that you can do to help your plumbing system can make a huge difference and cut down your risk of serious problems. WaterPro Master can assist with inspections to identify any problem areas as well as take care of any needed repairs or replacements. WaterPro Master has the expertise and the best technology in the industry to get the job done with very minimal effect on your landscaping.


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