Property owners must plug a sewer/water service when demolishing a building structure
First step would be to call Empire! Most people call 311 first but that is how a 3 day notice issued.
Contacting a licensed plumber first is the best option for a situation like this.
Call Empire so we can accurately diagnose the situation and recommend the best solution.
There are several ways to determine if your sewer line is broken:
• Live video inspection
• Excavate area where damaged pipe is and visually inspect
• When all drain cleaning solutions are unsuccessful chances are the line is broken
• Sewage seeping through foundation
• Sinkhole created by sewage exiting pipe on property/roadway
Yes is it possible to video inspect a broken sewer if there is no standing water, but in most cases
broken sewers have backups which make it hard to visualize with the camera
In New York City a home/property owner is responsible for the pipe from inside of their hometo the city main connection outside.
Aside from the material differences, copper and ductile iron are required by NYC code for
different sizes of services. Copper is used for water services 2” or less. Ductile iron is used for anything
larger then 2”.