How to Locate Your Sewer Line
If you need to unclog the main sewer line, then you need to locate the sewer cleanouts that are around or in your house. If you need to replace a sewer line, then you need to find the main line first. For whatever reason you need to locate your sewer line, you need to have the right resources. Your local government offices are some of your most important resources for finding the original line for a sewer.
Maps and Other Documents You Will Need
You can request a map of the sewer lines. Granted, these will not always be up to date or correct, but they do provide you with a handy framework to work off of. You will also need a map of your county’s property lines. You can get this at a county subdivision and deed office. Your sewer line will usually not be found on a neighbor’s land, so once you know the exact boundaries of your own property, you can start to zero in on where your line is located. That being said, you will still have to look into whether or not there is a sewage easement on you or your neighbor’s property. If there is a sewage easement, then it is likely that is where the sewage pipe is located.
Locating Sewer Cleanouts
You will also need to find any sewer cleanouts you have on your property. They are not present at every house, and if they are there, they can make for tricky finds. These are little pipe stubs that jut out of the ground and offer a point from which sewer lines can be cleaned. Newer homes may have these cleanouts placed at ten-foot intervals from one another.
To begin your search, look for sewer or cleanout caps in the front yard. They may even be located very close to the house, behind bushes or against the walls. Then continue your search along the sides of your house, paying close attention to the areas where bathrooms are located. Finally, you should look inside your house to see if there are cleanouts located around toilets. Whenever you come across a cleanout, you still need to keep looking, because you and your plumber will need to know the location of every single sewer cleanout.
Knowing where your sewer cleanouts are can help you find the sewer line. But if all else fails, you could simply dig around in areas that have not already been eliminated as locations by your research. BUT before you do dig, you first need to call the state’s one-call system to find out where the gas lines are; a rented backhoe could rip through a gas line. Finally, you may very well need a local permit before you can begin digging. Otherwise, you could later be fined.
Get an Expert’s Help
If you have a sewage line that needs to be unclogged, if you are experiencing any plumbing problems around your home, do not hesitate to contact our office to schedule service with our expert plumbing technician team. At A-1 Sewer & Septic Service, Inc., it will cost you nothing extra for a Kansas City plumber to address a plumbing emergency on the weekend or in the evening. Get your no-obligation quote today!