What are the signs of a defective lateral?

If a home or other building is experiencing blockages or sewer backups, or if sewage is overflowing into the environment, your private lateral may be defective. Sinkholes can also be a sign of defective laterals.

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1. How can I maintain my private sewer lateral?
2. What are the signs of a defective lateral?
3. What should I do if I experience a backup, overflow or pavement failure?
4. If I need a plumber, what are some factors to consider when choosing a service provider?
5. Does SD1 assist with private lateral repairs?
6. Should I purchase sewage backup insurance?