Sewer Lateral Maintenance to prevent basement flooding in Overland Park
partially collapsed sewer lateral
A video inspection showing a partially
collapsed sewer lateral that caused an Overland Park Basement Flood.
Safety Alert! Gas lines may intersect the sewer line leading to your home. Equipment used to clear sewer lines could damage these intersecting gas lines, leading to possible gas leaks or a serious safety risk. Before clearing a blocked sewer line, call utility to schedule a free inspection to locate underground utility lines.
Nothing but regular inspection and maintenance can protect you against a flood due to a failed sewer lateral.
The sewer lateral is the pipe that connects your homes internal plumbing to the sewer main in the street. It is a vital component to the system, and if it is blocked, or fails, your home will experience a sewage backup.
It is considered best practice to have your sewer lateral inspected every 5-10 years or so, generally more frequently the older your home is. Inspection is the only way to observe and identify and address potential problems before a failure causes a sewage backup. Failures are not the only problem. A cracked or leaky lateral that allows the infiltration of groundwater may increase the risk of flooding as well.