Replacing Main (Residential) Sewer Line - Christiansted STX  

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robbySTX
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September 30, 2015 9:07 pm  

Good Afternoon,
This Fall I will be replacing the old 4" cast iron sewer line from the house to where it ties into the street (as well as the other drain lines from the house that tie into the main line). Not a job I myself want to do!! I was told years ago that the homeowner is responsible for replacing the pipe to the street. (This is in town Christiansted).
My questions are:
Is this true ?? .... and if so....has anyone had to deal with WAPA to tie the new sewer line into the line that goes under the road? The line that goes under the road is in as bad of shape as the house line!! Anyone had to do this??
Also.....looking for a very reliable, very experienced, reasonably priced plumber to do this sewer line replacement. Any recommendations??
Thank you all in advance for any help you can give me!


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OldTart
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September 30, 2015 10:23 pm  

Can't help with much but, yes, it's the homeowner's responsibility to install and maintain the lines from the house to the WAPA connection. Get a few estimates from recommended plumbers and talk to the people at WAPA too. Good luck!


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nohstx
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October 1, 2015 5:27 am  

Sewer is managed by WMA not WAPA, although if you are doing much digging you should go ahead and contact WMA, Wapa and Innovative first since they all have lines running underground like spaghetti in Christiansted. You will also need permission from DPW if you plan on excavating in the public road, which is rarely the responsibility of the homeowner. Utilities responsibility transfers from the property owner to the public authority at the curb.

My recommendation is to replace only the portion of the line that sits on your property. From that point on the line becomes the property of WMA and is their responsibility to maintain, although if you can snake it out yourself to make it serviceable then you might save yourself some coordination issues. If you elect to replace the entire line at your expense in order to meet your schedule, definitely get permission from all of the above before proceeding.


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robbySTX
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October 1, 2015 10:36 am  

Thank you for the info nohstx...
This I am sure is going to turn into a huge can of worms....the sewer line exits the property over a wall and then down about 6-8 feet to the street (and to make it worse, the neighbor built a cement driveway up to his house (basically on top of the road), and the sewer line passes down thru there).
The line that goes over the wall to the neighbors driveway/street is old cast iron as well and is cracking too.
I assume WMA is Waste Management Authority ?? Anyone have a number for them ??
I am not looking forward to this, but it needs to be done......
Still looking for plumber recommendations as well !!
Thank you everyone !!


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Alana33
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October 1, 2015 10:37 am  

Good Luck! Let us know how all that works out for you.
Be sure to get the names of everyone that you speak with to accomplish this.


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OldTart
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October 1, 2015 10:42 am  

I assume WMA is Waste Management Authority ?? Anyone have a number for them ??!

Yes. 340-712-4962.


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robbySTX
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October 1, 2015 10:44 am  

Thanks Alana......I will need A LOT of luck to get this done !!
And yes.....will document all conversations/information with everyone involved......
so NOT looking forward to doing this........


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LuckyGirl56
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October 1, 2015 12:37 pm  

Good Luck. And yes, document EVERYTHING! Every phone call, dates, times, and who you spoke with and at what number and department called.


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speee1dy
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October 1, 2015 3:43 pm  

Have fun


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Bombi
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October 2, 2015 11:15 am  

Contact OTL Mechanical Contractors, they do jobs like this. They also do pipe relining which could be a no dig option

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Alana33
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October 2, 2015 12:03 pm  

Definitely sounds like a better option than trying to deal with the various and sundry entities on your own. You might even retain your sanity.;)


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