Sewer Lateral Inspections and Problems With Your PSL

If you’re like many homeowners, you probably don’t think about your sewer line until there’s a problem. If you’re experiencing issues inside your home like sewage backup or slow drains, it could be due to an issue with your private sewer lateral (PSL) line, the part of your home’s plumbing system that connects to the municipal sewer line. A sewer inspection can help you determine the extent of the issue.

Common Problems With the Private Sewer Lateral Line

The PSL runs under your home and city sidewalk to the main sewer line. In most locations, the PSL is made of solid and durable materials, such as cast iron, clay or concrete, designed to last 50 years or more. Unfortunately, PSLs are not immune to damage. Pipes can corrode. Tree roots can invade the pipes. Erosion or shifting soil can cause the PSL pipes to crack and get clogged. In most communities, the homeowner pays for repairs, even if the pipe goes under a city-owned parkway or street.

What Should a Homeowner Do When There’s a Problem With the Private Sewer Lateral Line?

A sewer lateral inspection will give you the scope of the problem. Generally, any repairs to the PSL must be made by a licensed plumber in the jurisdiction where the pipes are located. In Torrence, permits may be required by the city to make repairs. A construction permit is required if the work is done in a public right-of-way, such as under the sidewalk or street. A plumbing permit is required to make repairs from the building line to the property line.

How Can You Take Care of Your Private Sewer Lateral Line?

Maintaining the sewer lateral isn’t tricky. Don’t pour grease, paint or other acidic liquids down your drains. Know the age of your home and the pipes. Every few years, have your PSL camera inspection to know its condition. Repair damaged pipes as soon as possible to avoid more significant problems. If you suspect your pipes are getting older, discuss it with a plumber to determine the best steps to take. During home inspections in Irvine when buying or selling a home, ask your inspector about the private sewer lateral line for a better understanding of what you should be doing.

HomeGuard Sewer Lateral Inspections

Our report informs the customer of the sewer lateral’s current condition and provides repair or replacement recommendation. A pipe with zero defects and is suitably functioning will pass, while those with obstructions that hinder regular operation will fail. If it fails, HomeGuard will provide a bid to repair the defects noted or, if necessary, a complete replacement. The report will detail the flaws with pictures and a narrated video inspection available for viewing and download. Find more information by clicking here.