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The Fee For A Stand-Alone Lateral Sewer Inspection Is $250.00
The Fee For A Lateral Sewer Inspection Scheduled In
Conjunction With A Home Inspection Is $235.00. 

Side Sewers 101… Get to know what’s underground
What Is A Side Sewer Scope
A side sewer scope also called a side sewer scan, sewer scan, sewer video inspection or sewer lateral video inspection is the inspection of the main sewer drain line that runs from the structure to the main city sewer line. The inspection is intended to determin the condition of the sewer line by examining the interior of the pipe line looking for breaks, deterioration, cracks, holes, tree root intrusion or other obvious conditions.The inspection is confined to the examination of the sewer line from the structures clean out to the point where the sewer line terminates at the main or munisipal sewer line.
What is a private side sewer? 
A side sewer, also known as a lateral sewer or private connection, carries wastewater from a home or business’s toilets and drains to the City’s main sewer line, where it continues to a wastewater treatment plant.
What are common problems associated with side sewers? Should I have my side sewer inspected?
Side sewer pipe made of clay or concrete can crack, shift out of place, and/or be subjected to intrusion by roots, resulting in leakage and blockage. In addition, some side sewers lack the right kind of cleanouts, which provides access for clearing blockages.
A cleanout is a pipe that extends vertically from a side sewer to ground level or close to the ground surface; it is used for access to clean and inspect a side sewer.
When your side sewer pipe fails and causes a blockage, sewage from your home can back up in your pipes and surface through your sinks, toilets, bathtubs and other building drains, causing a health issue as well as a potentially expensive mess. Potential failures can be easily detected by a simple inspection before they cause a serious problem.

How do I know where my side sewer is located? 

To find the location of a home or business’s side sewer, check building plans, ask the previous owner, or look for cleanouts in the yard or landscaping. You can also contact the City to see if there are any permit records for your property that show the location of the side sewer.
Who is responsible for the maintenance of the side sewers?
Maintenance of side sewers, from the building to the City main, is the responsibility of the private property owner.The City’s responsibility is the maintenance of the sewer main, including the tees, wyes and risers at the main.
Are side sewer repairs or replacement expensive?
Yes. Side sewer repairs or replacements can average $5,000 to $10,000. Costs will be greatly impacted by the number of surface improvements, such as street or driveway pavements, sidewalks, retaining walls or extensive landscaping that need to be rebuilt and also by the depth of the side sewer

 At what point am I required to repair or replace my side sewer? 
If a property’s side sewer problem gets to the point where sewage won’t flow at all and backs up into a building, yard or elsewhere outside the plumbing system, it is considered a Sanitary Sewer Overflow, which is illegal and a health hazard. If this happens, the City notifies the property owner and gives a fixed amount of time to make repairs. In the event that repairs aren’t made in the time provided, the property owner may face fines or water shut-off by the health department. 
How do I know what kind of side sewer I have?
Clay and concrete sewer pipe was used extensively up through the 1970s. Since then, most side sewers have been constructed with more modern and tightersealing materials such as PVC. You can contact the City to see if there are any permit records for your property that show the pipe material used to construct your side sewer.
How do I find the cleanout?
Not every property has a cleanout. Most cleanouts are located within 2 feet of the building where the side sewer comes out or approximately where the side sewer crosses from private property into the right-of-way. In some older homes,cleanouts may also be found in basements or within crawl spaces underneath homes. Cleanouts are typically covered witha plastic or metal lid or are just a 4- to 6-inch pipe extending out of the ground with a screw-on cap. You can also contact the City to see if there are any permit records for your property that show the location of a cleanout.
What if I have a sump pump/roof drain/floor drain connected to my side sewer.

Property owners are encouraged to make sure surface water from roofs, floor drains, sump pumps, etc., either soaks in on site or is directed to the surface water system. During heavy rains, rain that gets into the wastewater system causes “peak flows” that can be as much as seven times the normal flow in the system. This can overwhelm the wastewater sewers and treatment facilities, resulting in untreated or partially treated wastewater overflowing into basements, streets or Commencement Bay. Keeping rain out of the surface water system also helps keep wastewater rates lower by not having to spend money to treat clean surface water.
What’s the difference between the surface water system and the wastewater system?
 • The wastewater system collects water that leaves homes and businesses through sinks, showers and toilets. It flows through your side sewer, the City’s sewer main and pump stations to the wastewater treatment plant where it is treated.
• The surface water system collects water that runs off our streets, roofs, yards and driveways. It flows through drains, storm sewer pipes, pump stations and/or stormwater holding ponds directly into streams, rivers, Commencement Bay and Puget Sound.
What if my side sewer has cracks/debris/holes/roots, but the sewer line still works? Do I have to fix it?
You are not required to make immediate repairs, but are encouraged to plan for repair or replacement as appropriate. A side sewer with cracks or breaks can more easily become blocked by dirt, rocks or roots. A blocked side sewer line can back sewage up into a building and potentially cause property damage. Being aware of the condition of your side sewer means you can be proactive with planned repair and maintenance rather than being surprised with a big mess and a hefty repair bill. 
 Before you buy or sell a property … 
Get to know what’s underground
• The property owners  are responsible for repair and 
maintenance of their private side  sewer.
• Buildings constructed prior to 1980 are likely to have side sewers 
made of clay or concrete pipes. These can crack, shift out of place, 
and/or be subject to intrusion by roots, causing leakage or 
blockage in the pipe.
• When your side sewer is blocked, sewage from your home can 
back-up in your pipes and surface through your sinks, toilets, 
bathtubs and other building drains, causing a health issue as 
well as a potentially expensive mess. Side sewer blockages are 
typically caused by failures in the pipe. Potential failures can 
be easily detected by a simple inspection before they cause a 
serious problem. 
• Rainwater and groundwater that gets into the sanitary sewer 
system from leaky side sewers, and roof and foundation drains 
can cause overflows of untreated or partially treated wastewater 
(sewage) into streets, homes, businesses and local waterways. 
This rainwater and groundwater should be directed to the local 
surface water system.
• Just as groundwater can leak into a side sewer, sewage can leak out of a side sewer and become a public health hazard. 
• If you know the condition of your property’s side sewer, you 
can better prepare for repair or replacement instead of finding 
out about a problem when the sewer backs up. 

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