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Old 09-04-2006, 01:25 PM   #1
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I live in a small subdivision. in a small county in indiana. i know the home owner is responiable for the line from home to the sewage main line. but what if there is two(2) home owners on the same line going to the main sewage line?? would that line be considered part of the main?

we live side by side each other, are line comes out from the homes about 10 feet and goes into another line that runs to the sewage main line.
now my understanding is.....each house should have its very own line running to the main is this correct? not two house on one line then running to the main.
so whatsright and wrong here and what should i do??

p.s. my sewage is stopped up :-(

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Sounds like you have a party line. I don't want to go to that party. Seriously, you should look at the plans for the subdivision. Ask other neighbors if they have the same situation. It might have been approved for the subdividon to tie together sewer lines.

I don't know about your subdivision, but I've had past experience where the city's only responsible for sewer was where it connected to the main line at the entrance of the subdivision. So the whole subdivision was responsible for main lines with in the subdivision itself.

It might come down to you and your neighbor paying for the repairs. Either way you have to get your sewer line fixed ASAP, and I doubt a plumber Will wait to see who's going to pay.

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A plumber will jump in here with the code definition, but in our locallity, every home must have a dedicated waste line to the city main...no sharing allowed. I would guess the subdivision you live in saved some bucks by sharing lines....I have seen this done before, but it isn't allowed now.

I would guess unless you want to go to the expense of a new sewer line and tap at the main, you and your neighbor should share the expense of a cleanout.
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Are they Townhouses? I find multiple connections with these type of buildings, and are allowed here anyway (AZ.)
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I am building 2 flip plan houses on adjacent lots in my town, and there is an existing tap...and of course, we have to excavate down 15 feet for another tap...sure would be easier if our municipal code allowed it. It makes sense for town houses to run to common waste lines though.
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this place was built in the mid.70's and from just a few of the other ppl up here they have thier own line which is all pvc until u get to the main which is tile pipe. the one next door and i share is only 4" dim. this make like the 3rd time it had to be roto rooted out in the past 10 years..
like said ever tells me each house should have their own line to main.
so how or where can i found out the building code for the swewage in my area for the mid 70's? and if its not meet the code what can i do?
there came out today and roto rooted it out today LOL 6 hours he spent on it LOL. he said if i have any more trouble just call and he left .

p.s. would the sewage lay-out be on file at the locale court house?
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Your City/County Planning or Building Inspection Department (or Health Department) should have a drawing of the layout of the sewer lines in that subdivision. A shared line may have been O.K. when it was installed, but I highly doubt that it is to code now.
Ask the agencies above. They enforce code in most places. Each locality can have a different take on codes above the basics.
If your sewer lines are PVC white plastic, then the joints are "glued" (chemically "welded), and no roots should be even getting in them. You must have a clogging problem caused by the double use.
If it were me, I would install my own separate 4" PVC sewer line.
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The sewage lay out should be on file someplace. You might want to check with a municipal inspector, they would have better resources to get to the bottom of it. But they might say it is an illegal hook-up and make you pay for it.

The Sewer guy should of recommended that you stick a camera down there, so you can see exactly what is going on. Maybe the tile collapsed, or the pvc connection has come apart. If it is a big problem you might have to dig. In that case you can separate the 2 lines. I mean if there is a problem already with the sewer line your going to have a big hole anyway.
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Your City/County Planning or Building Inspection Department (or Health Department) should have a drawing of the layout of the sewer lines in that subdivision. A shared line may have been O.K. when it was installed, but I highly doubt that it is to code now.
Ask the agencies above. They enforce code in most places. Each locality can have a different take on codes above the basics.
If your sewer lines are PVC white plastic, then the joints are "glued" (chemically "welded), and no roots should be even getting in them. You must have a clogging problem caused by the double use.
If it were me, I would install my own separate 4" PVC sewer line.
Good Luck!
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yes white pvc pipe but the way they talked its not glued but slipped togather and have rubber gastesk it inside i dunno??? and about where the clog is(close to the main line) ...are two big oak and maple trees lol close to the main line im going to the court house soon and do some looking up on stuff.
"thought about cutting my neighbor line capping it so i don't have the troubles any more maybe. their is nothing in my deed about a easement for my neighbors line" lol
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How far is your house located from the main? how far is your neighbors house from the main? are they sde by side or is his house 'behind' yours? I dont think I would cut and cap his line. You would only stir up a sh!TT fit as I can see. They arent going to have any private lines on file anywhere, lucky to have the city owned ones mapped correctly. And after this amount of time would only say your responsible for it any way. probably a short cut fly by nite builder who snuck it in there any way. Either bite the bullet and stick your own line in(after getting firm estimates) Talk your neighbor into doing just that or put an easier to get to cleanout where they come together before the tree area and keep grinding them out. When it clogs, is your neighbor sharing it clogged too? If not sounds more like YOUR problem!! What do they pull out of the line when they rooter it?? If you put your own GLUED pipe in there you can give the rooter probs to your neighbor since yours shouldnt do that IF you use the heavy stuff, not the thin wall!!

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