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I live in a duplex house in North Fulton County, Georgia which is

divided straight down the middle (each side is a separate property). The

sewer line in front of my house became blocked and backed up into my

basement. Upon inspection of the sewer line, the plumber discovered that

the sewer lateral from my neighbors side of the duplex joins with mine

before connecting to the main sewer line. The plumber also discovered

that the blockage in the sewer line is after the point where my

neighbors merges with mine. The blockage occurs underground on my

property, and the county considers anything off of the main line the

responsibility of the property owners. Because it is a shared line that

is blocked, are my neighbors responsible for splitting the sewer repair

costs with me?

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I own (14) Duplex Buildings in Houston, TX.  So when a sewer line clogs it's my tit in the ringer.  To compound matters the main line under the slab and to the city is only 3".  That's too small for two 3 bedroom / 2 bath duplexes with 3 to 7 kids per side.  We've had pipes collapse under the slab on several occasions.  We usually have most of our problems where the second kitchen ties in.  On our buildings kitchens are mirror imaged on the wall that divides the two units.  So usually the 3" line starts on the left unit where it picks up everything on the left side and then travels into the second unit and picks everything up and then turns and runs out to the city.  

 

Sounds like you own one side of a duplex which must really ****ing suck ass.  I have seen instances where one side of a duplex has a new roof and the other side has an old roof.  They are woven together where the new and old shingles meet in the middle.

 

To answer your question, if the other owner (i.e. your neighbor) on the other side won't chip in to snake the sewer line he is a complete nit.

 

I'd run your own personal lateral to the city and leave the line clogged.  Easier said then done but it would be hilarious..!!

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15 hours ago, Chuck5903 said:

I own (14) Duplex Buildings in Houston, TX.

 

Given that this thread is nearly six years old, I think we can be fairly confident that the situation has been resolved.  Don'tcha think?

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On 1/11/2018 at 7:46 PM, RetiredinVA said:

Hopefully the original poster got the problem solved in the five and a half year since they posted the question.

I am helped by the response even if the poster did not.

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