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Will the Local Utility Company Handle My Sewer Repair?

One of the crucial parts of your home’s waste removal system is the sewer line. This pipe collects all the wastewater from your drains and carries it out under your property and to the municipal sewer main in the center of the street. It’s not a component of your plumbing that you need to think about much… until it becomes blocked or suffers leaks and breaks.

But wait… isn’t this a utility company issue, like fixing downed power and phone lines? You’ve probably seen city workers doing repairs on underground sewer and water mains, so why should this be any different?

The simple answer: No, the local utility company is not responsible for repairs to your sewer line. When you have problems with your sewer line, you need to handle it with a call to professional plumbers. Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. can take care of any repairs you need for your sewer in Orlando, FL.

The facts about the utility company and your sewer line

Utility companies must maintain and repair the local sewer system for a community. However, the public section of the sewage system does not include the sewer line on your property; from where the line originates under your home until it enters the sewer main, it is the responsibility of the homeowner to care for any repairs it may require.

There are some differences in where the responsibility of the homeowner ends and that of the utility company begins depending on where you live. If you have any doubts, contact the local utility company to ask. The utility company has maps that indicate the areas of the sewage system that are public and under its jurisdiction. In some cases, the utility company will take into account extremely old pipes made from outdated material when determining whether a sewer line is public or private property. However, unless you find out specifically to the contrary, the section of your sewer line from your house to the public line is private property and the responsibility for repairs lies with you.

It’s your responsibility—so hire quality plumbing repairs

Sewer line repair is not something you can handle on your own: it requires extensive excavating and a large amount of time and labor. Contact an experienced plumbing service like Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. for your Orlando, FL sewer repair needs. We have served central Florida with high quality plumbing repair since 1975.

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