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How to Find Your Sewer Diagram, What’s Its Purpose and How to Decipher It

Did you know that whenever a home is built in NSW, Sydney Water creates a detailed blueprint of its private sewer pipes and where they connect to Sydney Water’s waste water system? This is called a Sewerage Service Diagram.

How to find your sewer diagram

Selling agents and conveyancers use sewer diagrams when a property is bought or sold so you can usually find your sewer diagram with your contract of sale. If you’ve lost your sewer diagram, we can obtain a sewer diagram from Sydney Water for you.

Alternatively you can obtain a diagram directly by visiting Sydney Water. So, that’s how to get your hands on your own diagram – but what exactly is its purpose?

Providing information on your sewer pipes

Just ask any Sydney plumbing service and they’ll tell you that the main purpose of these diagrams is to offer information on where your sewer pipes, fittings and points of connection are located. By knowing where they are, you can hire a plumber to replace or reline your pipework. We can provide you with a sewer diagram to clearly indicate the lines that have been relined on completion of a pipe relining project. This will help you to understand the lines that could still be vulnerable to tree root infestation.

You may also be able to avoid drilling into pipes, damaging them with renovations, or even causing them to function incorrectly – which can result in leaks at the very least. But that brings us on to our next point: how to decipher the technical appearance of your diagram in the first place. Well, if we’re honest, this isn’t easy.

You could search online for what the VC and DICL codes stands for, or for what the numbers mean. You could even try to work out why some letters are circled and where each pipe leads to – but who really has time for that? You could just save yourself the trouble and have one of our expert drain plumbers take a look at your diagram once you have it.

We’ll be able to decipher the codes and layout and explain what’s what as effectively as possible, so why not get in touch with our team right now for a little help and support?