Sewage system mahole coverInspection Guide for buildings Connected to a Public Sewer Line

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This article explains what inspections and tests should be performed after we have determined that a building is actually connected to the public sewer system. In the previous sections of this article on determining if a building is connected to a public sewer or to a private septic tank and drainfield, we explained how to find out if public sewer service is even available on a given street and we gave clues for finding out if a particular building has been connected to the sewer mains.

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When a Building is Probably Connected to Sewer What Should be Checked?

Sewer Connection Inspection Guide for buildings Built After Sewer System Installation

Action guide when buying a building where a Sewer System is present and the building is the same age or newer than the public sewer system

  1. The building is probably connected to the sewer: one would expect that a building that was constructed after a local sewer system was installed on its street would be connected to that system. To do otherwise would be costly and unusual.

    You should be able to confirm this connection with your municipal building department.

  2. Inspect the drain system: After confirming that everyone asserts that the home is connected to the sewer line, your home inspector should still test the building drainage system for evidence of leaks or blockage.

    The inspector may also check for the presence of a main trap or house trap where the waste line leaves the building.

    Remember that usually the sewer line between the building and the sewer main is owned by and is the responsibility of the property owner.

    If the sewer line is old, damaged, or clogged, its repair will probably be at the expense of the owner.

  3. Check the tax bills to see if there is an assessment for sewer costs; check construction records to confirm when and how the building was connected to the sewer system.
  4. If there is any chance that the building is older than the public sewer system that it is connected to, see Sewer Connection Inspection Guide for buildings Built Before Sewer system Installation


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