Municipalities and sewer companies are responsible for making sure that they maintain their sewers and water mains. Sewage will try to find the path of least resistance. Therefore, the sewage will often come into the home through lateral lines. If a sewer company, plumber, or municipality causes your home to back up, you may need to turn to a local sewer system attorney for help.
1. The Consequences of Sewage Backup
When sewage backs up, this can lead to all sorts of health problems as a result of being exposed to sewage. This might also cause your home to develop mold problems that can lead to respiratory disorders. For example, you might suffer from reactive airway syndrome. Your property might also be damaged due to the sewage. Therefore, you will be entitled to any damages you have suffered if you can prove that the party responsible was negligent.
2. The Party Responsible
The sewer system is managed by a governmental entity. Oftentimes, the governmental entity will attempt to argue that the sewage backed up as a result of an act of God or a natural, unforeseen event. However, with the help of an experienced sewer system attorney, you may be able to successfully argue that the sewage backed up due to the negligence of the city.
3. Essential Steps to Take
The sewage backs up as a result of holes or as a result of cross-connections. When your home backs up, you will want to take photographs of the sewage and the damage done to your home. Also, make sure to take photographs of all damaged items because you may be able to receive compensation for any lost valuables.
However, don't enter the wet area until you are sure that it's safe. There might be a risk of electrocution or fire. Also, you'll want to be careful when going down the stairs because you might slip and fall.
Once you have gathered all the information, contact any necessary government agencies. You will want the problem to be repaired as soon as possible so you can minimize the damage. Also, the process of filing a claim with the government agency can take a long time and you'll want to start as soon as possible. However, with the information you have gathered and with the help of your attorney, you may be able to make a case for why you deserve compensation.