What can I do about slow drainage through my toilets, showers and sinks?

Slow drainage is most often caused by an issue with your private side sewer pipe (lateral), such as offset joints, or inside blockages caused by roots or grease. The District has a Lateral Replacement Grant Program that can help you pay for a significant share of the cost for qualifying applications. If neighbors are having similar slow drainage, there may be a problem within the public sewer pipes. For service call the District at 415-259-2949. If neighbors are not having a problem, you may need to call a plumbing company.

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1. What can I do about slow drainage through my toilets, showers and sinks?
2. Which sewer pipe is the property owner's responsibility?
3. How can I find a side sewer pipe (lateral) on my private property?
4. When is a sewer permit required?
5. How can I avoid damage to other utility lines when making repairs?
6. What can I do about sewer odors?
7. What can be done to fix a manhole cover that rattles every time a vehicle rolls over it?
8. What kind of permit is required for private side sewer (lateral) repairs in the street?
9. What should I do if my private side sewer (lateral) to a sewer main is broken by a contractor or utility?
10. What should I do if sewage is overflowing from a sewer structure onto the ground, driveway and/or street?
11. What should I do if sewage is backing up into my house or building through overflowing toilets, sinks, bathtubs, dishwasher, and/or washing machine?