Residential connections

Residential sewer connections and roof drain information.

The most common situation for single-family houses still connected to the sanitary sewer system is a downspout that drains into the sanitary sewer via a standpipe next to the foundation of the house.

Downspout into standpipe diagram



The usual method for disconnection in this case is to cut off the downspout, install a permanent cap on the standpipe, and allow rainwater to drain onto the lawn.

Downspout disconnected and redirected onto grade


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