The side sewer is the main drain line from your home. It collects drain water, waste water, and human waste from all of your home’s drain lines, including the toilet.
The City of Seattle defines the side sewer as: “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. A side sewer includes all the piping located outside the building footprint. The entire side sewer is owned and maintained by the property owner.”
Many people don’t encounter a side sewer until they begin the process of buying a home. If you recently purchased a home in Seattle, you most likely had the side sewer videoed and inspected before completing the sale. This inspection is important because, as the above paragraph says, the side sewer is owned and maintained by the property owner. If that would soon be you, you want to make sure it is operating efficiently. The video and the inspection results should show a clear line with no breaks, obstructions, or bellies. A belly is when part of the line drops below grade and collects debris. In addition, the video will show the location of the side sewer in the yard, and its length.
Keep It Clear
If all is well, you may never need to worry about your side sewer. As a homeowner, you can help ensure your side sewer line is kept clear and flowing by allowing only human waste, toilet paper, and drain water into the line. As a practice, don’t flush anything else down the toilet. This will help keep your side sewer in good condition and save you money.
At Raymark Plumbing and Sewer, we are happy to help with any of your side sewer or shared sewer line needs. We are the experts in resolving sewer problems and are a registered side sewer contractor.