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 sewer lateral such as offset joints, or blockages caused by roots or grease. For help addressing problems with defective private sewer laterals, please contact a licensed plumbing contractor. Make sure any plumber you hire for a private property sewer emergency is familiar with District policies and programs.

If lateral replacement is needed you may qualify for financial assistance through our Grant and Loan Programs. If neighbors are having similar slow drainage, there may be a problem within the public sewer pipe. For service, call the District at 415-259-2949.

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1. What can I do about slow drainage through my toilets, showers and sinks?
2. Which sewer pipe is my responsibility?
3. Which sewer pipe is the District's responsibility?
4. I recently purchased my property. How long do I have for compliance?
5. How can I find my private sewer lateral?
6. What can be done to fix a manhole cover that rattles every time a vehicle rolls over it?
7. What can I do about sewer odors?
8. When is a sewer permit required?
9. What should I do if sewage is overflowing onto the ground, driveway and/or street?
10. What should I do if sewage is backing up into my property through overflowing toilets, sinks, bathtubs, or other fixtures?
11. What should I do if my sewer lateral is broken by a contractor or utility company?
12. I plan to sell my property. What do I need to know before selling?
13. I plan to remodel my property. What do I need to know before remodeling?
14. I need to replace my sewer lateral. Does the District offer funding?