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Old 08-10-2011, 10:21 AM   #1
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About a year or so ago every time we did laundry our main floor drain in the basement backed up. It got worse and worse so we had someone come in and clear the drains. They found tree roots at 90 feet out.

Well, it has happened again. The question I have is, is the city responsible for this issue. 90 feet out is not even close to my property and is well in the city's jurisdiction. Does that matter or is it my problem to solve?
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If public water or sewer connections having problems are on the homeowner's property, it is the homeowner's problem.
If the water or sewer lines having problems are on city property, it is the city's problem.
Call the city.
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If the problem is in the sewer main running in the street or other public right of way, then the city would be responsible.

If the problem is in the line (sewer lateral) leaving your house, including portions passing through other people's property via easement, then you are responsible.

In most cases the portion of the lateral under the sidewalk and street up to the main is your responsibility.
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So, you are saying it would be worth asking the city? How do I prove it is not my issue? Call them first or have someone come and out and remove them and then call the city?
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How far are you from the street?
Can you get any old plans from the city showing the locations of sewer hookups? (Occasionally a sewer hookup is to the back instead of to the street)
Would you want to get a drain video contractor in to view the inside of the sewer line, this can make a very educated guess about whether the roots are in your line or in the main because the main is bigger and the video camera can show that.
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