Sewer – What is a Main Sewer Line?

We all hear about the main sewer line, but most don’t know how important it is to your home.

So what exactly is the main sewer line?

The main sewer line is the plumbing line that channels all of the waste from your toilets, tubs, and sinks out of your home, towards the main sewer.

Can your main sewer line become clogged?

Yes, your main sewer line can become clogged. An easy way to know that it’s your main line that is clogged is when multiple different plumbing fixtures are experiencing clogs or back ups. You may even notice a sewer smell emanating from the fixtures.

What is a clean-out?

Your home’s main sewer line is located underground. However, some homes have a sewer clean-out.

A sewer clean-out is a small portion of the line that can be accessed by unscrewing a cap above ground. This helps your drain cleaner to be able to clear the blockage in your sewer main line via the clean-out.

If you home does not have a clean-out, it would be a great idea to have one installed before a clog develops. Call your Hukill’s professional plumber for a quote!

Who is responsible for the main sewer line?

A lot of people think that because most of the sewer lines are connected to the city sewer system that it is the city’s financial responsibility.

But unfortunately, even though the sewer line is connected to a city sewer system, the homeowner is actually responsible for their sewer line’s maintenance and repair.

Knowing the basics about your home’s main sewer line is helpful, especially if you ever need any serious repairs or replacement. As always, your team here at Hukills is here for any questions you have!

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