How much do sewer cleaning services cost

If the sewer is blocked, who pays for sewer cleaning?

When our customers call us to carry out a pipe cleaning, it is not uncommon for the question of who will be covered. Because when you hire us as a tenant, it is often not clear who bears the costs for our work. Pipe cleaning can result in costs, especially if you hire our emergency service outside of business hours. In the following we inform you about who has to pay if a sewer is blocked and you are therefore take advantage of our professional help have to.

 

Pipes and channels are part of the rental property

All sewage installations within a rental property belong to the rental property as general installations. According to tenancy law, this must be left in a proper and usable condition by the landlord and must also be kept in this condition. However, there is no obligation for the landlord to have cables inside your home checked regularly. If you find that the drains are poorly draining, you should therefore act immediately and inform your landlord before the pipeline becomes completely blocked. He will be grateful to you for this, because in this case precautionary measures can often prevent the major damage that occurs when a sewer becomes clogged.

 

In most cases the landlord pays

As a tenant, you only have to pay for sewer cleaning costs if you caused the blockage. Tenancy law speaks of "improper use" here. This is the case, for example, if you have flushed diapers, sanitary napkins, leftover food or cat litter down the toilet and these lead to the drainage being blocked. However, the landlord must first prove this improper use in order to be able to pass on the costs for the necessary work or our immediate service to you. The burden of proof is on him. If he cannot provide this proof, he bears the costs if a sewer becomes blocked. The same applies, of course, if the blockage is the result of improper installation, which, for example, caused extreme limescale deposits.

 

The question of costs in apartment buildings

The above principles also apply to buildings with several tenants. Here the landlord must be able to assign the damage to a specific tenant. If he is not able to do this, he again bears the costs if a pipe was blocked. In addition, it is not permissible for the landlord to share the costs for sewer cleaning between all tenants in such a case. So if the house lines are tight and the landlord cannot prove beyond doubt who caused the blockage, he has to pay the costs.

 

Tenants only pay if they are at fault

In general, you only have to pay the costs for sewer cleaning if you are to blame for the clogging of a pipe and the landlord can prove this to you, which is usually difficult. So do not throw things in the toilet or down the sink drain that do not belong there, in order to avoid unnecessary costs and clogging.