Knowing where your home’s sewer lines are is important for many reasons. First, it is important to locate sewer lines before completing any major digging projects. If you hit a sewer line with a shovel or heavy piece of digging equipment, you risk rupturing the line and causing flooding in your home or around your property. Knowing where the sewer lines are located can also help you when dealing with plumbing issues like clogs or leaks. If you do not know where your home sewer lines are located, there are a few ways to find out.
Locate the Septic Tank
If you have a septic tank, the sewer lines in your home lead out from the basement or crawlspace towards the tank. Unless there are large trees or other buildings in the way, the sewer line usually follows a straight path from the house to the tank. Burial depths vary by municipality and pipe material, but they are typically buried between 12 and 24 inches.
Visit Your Local Zoning Office
If your home is connected to a municipal sewage system, a trip to the local zoning office may help you locate your home’s sewer pipes . Zoning offices typically keep property maps that include the location of sewer lines. These maps can also help you locate the boundaries of your property, which will help you determine where you can dig and where the city may be responsible for a burst pipe.
Ask the Previous Owner
The obvious solution is to ask the previous owner where the sewer lines are located. If you cannot get in touch with the previous owners or they do not know, ask your neighbors if they have any knowledge of sewer line placement in the area.
A main sewer stoppage requires professional plumbing assistance. All Plumbing, Inc. of Arlington, VA provides sewer line repair and replacement, in addition to snaking and hydro-jetting services. We also provide minimally invasive trenchless sewer pipe repair. If you have questions about our drain cleaning or repair services , please call us at (703) 525-7973.