Where does city maintenance end?
If the problem is in the sewer lateral, the homeowner or business is responsible for correcting the problem. The owner of the property is responsible for maintaining and cleaning the sewer lateral from the building (or home) to the sewer main, including the connection on the sewer main.

City maintenance of the sewer service ends at the outside surface of the pipe on the sewer main, where the tap is made. Locating the lateral is also the responsibility of the property owner. Homeowner / business responsibility does not end at the easement or property line but at the city sewer main.

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1. How do I shut off my water?
2. How do I know if I have a leak?
3. I have a leak on my property. Can someone from the city fix it?
4. What is hard water?
5. How is hydrogen sulfide gas produced in a water heater?
6. Does the City of Portland add fluoride to its drinking water?
7. What is our water source?
8. How can I check for a leaky toilet?
9. What should I do if my sewer is blocked?
10. Where does city maintenance end?