If you are about to buy a home for the first time or are looking to get your plumbing fixtures renewed in an old house, you may be considering how sewer lines will impact your decision. Read on to find out everything you need to know about home sewer lines.
Homes located in towns and cities tend to have their sewer lines connected to a public sewer system. In underdeveloped areas, a residential sewer line may be connected to a septic system.
A septic system is a private wastewater treatment system managed and owned by a single owner. In either case, your residential sewer lines are your responsibility to maintain and repair.
Type Of Water Sewer Lines Carry:
Depending on where you live, you may have one of the following types of residential sewer lines.
Combined Sewer Line:
A combined residential sewer line collects the flow from both storm water and wastewater and combines it into one line. These kinds of sewer lines used to be very common, but they started causing stress to public wastewater treatment plants since they also accept rainwater.
As a result, both water flows need to be treated.
Sanitary Sewer Line:
A sanitary sewer takes only the flow of sanitary water that is to be used in your home in toilets, showers, and sinks etc. This water is then treated at a public sewer treatment plant or a septic system.
Storm Sewer Line:
A storm sewer line takes in all kinds of rainwater, including water from your area drain or rooftop, to a public catch basin in the road. This system is designed to have holding tanks somewhere in the lines to hold rainwater during excessive rainfall or snow melting season.
These tanks prevent sewer system pipes from getting overburdened and bursting or surcharging.
Materials Used For Sewer Lines:
Most residential buildings across the USA use PVC pipes for their house drains. However, the sewer line itself needs to be made of extra heavy cast iron pipe to withstand heavy flow.
The pipes inside your home are 4 inches in diameter and run underneath your house structure. In bigger cities like NYC, the pipe size maybe around 6 inches, and for multi-family buildings, the sewer line can be 8 or 10 inches in diameter.
Are you interested in finding out even more? The experts at Your One Plumber can guide you on different sewer lines and options. With many years of experience under our belts, we provide plumbing services in Montgomery County, Columbia, Frederick, and nearby areas. Call us at 1 (888) 540 7586 to book your appointment with us or contact us here for more information.