Drain Backups: My Problem Or The City Of Kingston?
Ahh, drain backups… Nothing spells out stress like your drain backing up and flooding happening in your home. Between required repairs and water damage your bills can rise quickly and let’s face it – it’s just a mess nobody wants to have happen. Part of the stress is determining who is responsible for the issue, the homeowner of the municipality that you live in?
The City bears some responsibility when it comes to pipes and sewage systems. When this happens the first question is who is responsible for what. To help guide you a bit through this process, we decided to take the time to provide you with a basic understanding of that division line.
HOMEOWNER & Foundation Drains
Groundwater that collects around the foundation of your house funnels into what is called a foundation drain. Note this is clean rainwater and/or water from a thaw; it is managed separately than wastewater. When your foundation drain is full, the water then continues on to storm sewers and is stored in what is called storm water management ponds.
HOMEOWNER & Sewer System
Every home comes with its own personal sewer system. Your system will channel your home’s wastewater through what is known as a “sanitary lateral”. The lateral will direct your wastewater to a main sewer line, where it will continue to flow towards Kingston’s treatment facility.
CITY OF KINGSTON, Sewer Systems & Surcharging
Albeit The City of Kingston works hard to provide storm sewer systems and sanitary laterals working at prime optimal levels, things can and will break down at one point. Even though regular cleaning and repairs as well as a series of checks are strictly observed, circumstances such as heavy rainstorms can increased the water levels and cause what is known as “surcharging”.
OK BUT WHO IS RESPONSIBLE?!
- As the homeowner of your property, the storm sewer and sanitary laterals that run FROM the property line inwards TO your home is YOUR responsibility.
- The CITY is responsible from the property line OUTWARDS.
NOTE: Sometimes it’s a little trickier; check out your neighbour’s property line. There are times where an issue landed on your property but it actually started from your neighbour’s sanitary lateral and then crossed onto your property. In this case you will need to communicate with your neighbour as well as the City of Kingston for guidance.
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Beyond the expense and manning the current flood or whatever is happening on your property, these situations are never fun. It can be very difficult to determine who is responsible for what where the damage is concerned. If you have further questions on this subject give us a call and we’ll be happy to provide any and all answers that we can. Call today for that information or for any plumbing issues you are currently experiencing. We will send one of our licensed Kingston plumbers to you right away!
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