Installing a sewer main from your home to your sewage flow meter can be done in four simple steps:
1. Determine Elevation Levels
In order to ensure that the sewage flows through the sewer main without backups or clogs, the sewer main will need to be constructed at a slight angle from the home to the meter meter. Additionally, it will need to run at a typically steeper angle from your meter to the municipal sewer line.
Thus, there are three elevation levels that must be determined before a sewer main can be installed:
- The point where the sewer main begins in the home
- The point where the sewage flow meter is installed to the sewer main
- The point where the sewer main drains into the municipal sewer line
Without determining these points ahead of time, you could find yourself running into problems during the actual installation phase.
2. Calculate the Slope of the Sewer Main
Next, calculate the slope between the starting point in your house and the meter. Calculating slope requires a simple formula that you may have learned in high school algebra class. If you don’t remember the formula or how to use it, don’t worry. A professional plumber can do the math for you.
3. Connecting Drain Pipes to the Sewage Main
All of the drainage lines in your home connect into the sewer main. Determining how to construct the pipes to ensure proper water drainage into the sewer main is a task best performed by a professional plumber. They will begin by assessing the condition of the existing pipes and their overall drainage capacity.
Older pipes may need to be repaired or replaced as part of this phase of the sewer main installation.
4. Installing the sewer main to the sewage flow meter
After the drain pipes are connected to the sewer main, the sewage flow meter is installed. The meter may be installed inside or outside the house. For meters that must be read directly by the utility company, an exterior sewage flow meter is optimal because those reading the meter won’t have to enter your home to do so.
However, many meters can now be read by wireless devices used by the utility company. If this is the case, installing the meter indoors is wise as it will help protect it from environmental damage. To ensure the sewage flow meter can be read properly, the meter must be placed above ground and along the wall facing the street or sidewalk.