What is the responsibility of private property owners?

Private property owners are responsible for maintaining their private sewer laterals, just as they are responsible for the pipes inside their home. As a result, SD1 is not responsible for investigating or demonstrating the cause of roadway failures, sewer backups or sewer overflows resulting from a damaged or faulty lateral. The private property owner must investigate and demonstrate that such a problem is due to a lateral defect beneath the public roadway before SD1 will perform the necessary lateral repair work. Private property owners remain responsible for repairing any lateral damage that does not fall under the public roadway and for any damage to private property caused by a defective lateral, regardless of where the defect is located.  

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1. What is a private sewer lateral?
2. What is the purpose of SD1's private lateral repair program?
3. What is the responsibility of private property owners?
4. What are the signs of a defective private sewer lateral?
5. What should I do if I suspect my sewer lateral is defective?
6. What is SD1's role in the private lateral repair program?
7. What is the role of the participating public roadway owners?
8. How are private sewer lateral repairs prioritized?
9. How can I maintain my private sewer lateral?
10. What should I do if I experience a backup, overflow or pavement failure?
11. If I need a plumber, what are some factors to consider when choosing a service provider?
12. Should I purchase sewage backup insurance?