Years ago, when my job involved the location of sewer lines, I once got
sent to determine
where the customer's line went into the City of XYZ's sewer main-- the
city was replacing
the common line that ran down the middle of the back yards, with new
mains that ran down
the street in the front of the homes. Obviously, the City's main would
be near the middle
of the yards, well beyond the customer's swimming pool.... Wrong. The
pool was a few feet
from the home, maybe 10' at the most, and the City's sewer main was
between the pool
and the house. "Everybody" "should have" "known" that. Well, if anybody
did during the
pool permitting process, they didn't say so. And it's likely that there
weren't any prints to
show where that pipe was, and, I'd guess that any prints that showed
that it should be
somewhere else probably got lost or all marked up with undated/unsigned
In another instance, I located the customer's non-functional septic tank
anybody when everything is OK).... right under an addition to the house.
done w/o a permit, can't fault the municipality on that one. No
to pump the tank, all covered with concrete, under what is now part of
I've heard of another instance in which a fairly new home's sewer ceased
to function, and
upon further investigation, it turns out that the sewer had been plumbed
into a vacant
electric co. HV conduit. We can all hope that it was vacant, due to
that being something that somebody would eventually have to convince
I've got more of these stories...all factual or from trusted sources
that have no reason to
On 1/15/2011 11:03 PM, r miles wrote:
> When I was in IL my clay waste pipe to the sewer system clogged with
> roots. When the contractor dug to replace it with PVC my yard flooded.
> The incoming city water line was wrapped around the waste pipe.
> The old 'Ma Bell' marked my line& told me it was 3' down. We dug a 10''
> hole for a plant& cut the line.
> Here in Tn if you ruin some utility without calling you pay all costs
> for repair.
> NEVER dig without calling them out for a mark.
> My sons in laws found out their septic tank was under a concrete
> Assume the worst with utilities but never, never dig without calling.
> The danger& costs could be fatal.
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