Just like a roof, the paint outside of a house, carpeting, and many other aspects of a home, plumbing must be maintained and it will eventually need to be replaced; it doesn't last forever.
As a homeowner, you'll not only need to take care of your indoor plumbing, you'll need to watch out for any major issues that may arise, such as a burst pipe, or a clogged main line.
We suggest that all homeowners learn where the sewer lines are located outside their home as this knowledge is critical in the case of a plumbing emergency. The indoor drains are all inter-connected and they lead to one central drain pipe, which leads away from your home and towards a septic tank (for homes in rural areas) or into the municipal sewer system.
If you don't know where your drain lines exit your home, where do you begin? For starters, check around your basement or crawl space. If you can locate where your drain lines exit your home, you're giving yourself a head start.
Perhaps a better option is to ask the previous owner – this can be the simplest and easiest solution. If you don't have the previous homeowner's number handy, you can locate their contact information on the deed and the municipal tax records.
You can also ask your next-door neighbors if they know where the sewer lines are placed. For example, if you have an observant neighbor, he or she may recall work being done on the line in the past, or at the very least, they may be able to tell you where their own lines connect to the municipal system.
Contact the Local Municipality
Still not sure where the sewer lines are located outside your home? You can head down to the local building or zoning office in your municipality – they may have the information you're looking for.
Many towns maintain maps that show where sewer lines are located on residential properties. What's more, when you identify where your property line ends, you can better-understand places where your sewer lines cannot possibly be located. You probably know this as the "process of elimination."
You Can Contact a Professional Plumber
Not keen on all the above? Or, are you not 100% sure that your search accurately identified the location of your sewer line? Contact A-1 Sewer & Septic Service Inc. for professional help pinpointing the exact location of your sewer line!