What is a sewer lateral?

The sewer lateral consists of the pipe that begins at the building's plumbing system connection, usually a sewer cleanout located approximately two feet from the foundation, and extends to, and includes, the connection at the public (city) sewer main.

Sewer lateral cleanouts allow easy access to evaluate potential plumbing problems. They help keep your plumbing system running smoothly. A City-approved cleanout provides access for maintenance of the sewer lateral, or to clear it in the event your sewer lateral backs up. Not all current sewer laterals have city-approved cleanouts due to the age of the lateral. All replaced laterals will require a City approved cleanout to be installed which assist with future maintenance of the lateral, reducing the cost to property owners.

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1. What is a sewer lateral?
2. I have a question about my specific lateral, who can I speak to?
3. How long does a sewer lateral last?
4. Who is responsible for the sewer lateral?
5. What problems are associated with damaged sewer laterals?
6. I've been notified that my sewer lateral needs to be replaced or repaired, now what?