Sewer pipes are the major part of the plumbing system in residential or commercial properties in Los Angeles areas. Drain pipes exiting the building portion is called Sewer Line or Sewer Pipeline. Many residential properties have minimum 3 inch up to 4 inch pipeline up to the property line or inner edge of the sidewalk, which is sometimes called upper lateral sewer.
For the most part, after the property lines, the pipeline becomes 6 inch size after reaching the sidewalk area. Homeowners usually understand that the problems involved to sewer pipes inside the property line are the proprietor’s responsibility to fix, but when it comes to fixing the 6 inch pipeline sewer repair, which is called lower lateral sewer line, some homeowners disagree that they hold the responsibility of hiring a sewer contractor for the sewer repair Los Angeles.
Lower lateral which goes from the sidewalk area to the middle of the street, and this is where many building or home owners have questions like:
- This pipe is under the street, will the city do my sewer repair?
- Isn’t this the cities responsibility to repair my sewer lateral?
According to City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works, "Maintenance of the sewer lateral, the sewer that carries wastewater from buildings to the public sewer is the responsibility of the property owner as described in the City’s Municipal Code. The sewer lateral consists of upper and lower laterals. The upper lateral extends from the building structure to the property line. The segment from the property line to the street sewer is called lower lateral. Property owners are responsible for proper maintenance and operation of upper and lower laterals."
In other words, it is the homeowners’ responsibility to hire a sewer contractor do their sewer repair related both sections, the portion from the house to the property line, and the segment from the property line to the city sewer connection. If you have any questions about your sewer repair in Los Angeles, contact us at (818) 538-4958.