At MetroConnects, we hope our customers don’t spend a lot of time thinking about their plumbing. To keep plumbing from becoming a problem, though, it helps to know a bit about how it works. As a homeowner or renter, you probably keep a plunger handy in case of backups in toilets and drains, but where exactly does your maintenance responsibility end? That’s where understanding laterals comes in.
What are Laterals?
Laterals are pipes that carry used water from your drains and toilets to the main sewer line. The wastewater then travels through the main to a sewer treatment plant to be cleaned and reintroduced into the environment. Every drop of water that exists on our planet now has existed since the earth was formed 4.5 billion years ago, and will continue to exist indefinitely. It is up to us to keep it clean!
Who is Responsible for Your Lateral?
Homeowners served by MetroConnects are responsible for the portion of the lateral that starts at the public right-of-way and connects to the house. MetroConnects takes over the maintenance of laterals from the public right-of-way. We keep things in tip-top shape as wastewater moves from these public portions of the laterals onto Metro-operated mains. Eventually, these mains meet up with trunk lines, a larger diameter line, operated by ReWa, your wastewater treatment provider. From there, ReWa takes over and the wastewater heads to one of its treatment plants to be cleaned.
How MetroConnects Can Help
If you are experiencing a sewer backup in your home, it might be difficult to tell where the clog is located. Before you call a plumber, call MetroConnects at (864) 277-4442 to see if we can help! A MetroConnects employee will check the public sanitary sewer lateral for any blockage and will talk homeowners through any next steps that may be needed.
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