By definition A side sewer is: a pipe system that carries wastewater and/or drainage water from the plumbing and downspouts of your building to the public sewer system or outlet. This includes the pipe system up to, but not including, the connection to the public main.
It is the responsibility of the homeowner to take care of the side sewers from their home up to the city main. Side sewers may be made out of a variety of things. In the earlier days was mostly clay or concrete. These older pipes may shift over time and be subject to intrusions by roots or other debris which may lead to leaks or blockages. It is important to take care of your home or businesses side sewer by getting inspections or updates on proper care. If you side sewer fails and causes a blockage, sewage can back up into your pipes and surface through your sinks, toilets and other drains. Cities generally recommend that property owners get the location and condition checked of their side sewer, especially if it is older than 25 years or is made of anything other than plastic PVC piping. The city of Tacoma has very helpful information on side sewers. If you would like to get more information, they can be found at Side Sewer 101. Tacoma, in addition to surrounding areas have ways of locating your side sewer if you are needing to find specifics about your home’s sewer system. You can get a side sewer card, a lateral map or aerial photographs of your home and connections from your city’s planning and development department.
If you have any questions or concerns or would like to get an inspection on your properties side sewer, please don’t hesitate to call us. We are available to inspect, repair or replace your side sewer, and would be happy to help with any other plumbing or excavation needs you may have.