Homeowners are fully responsible for the maintenance and repair of all home plumbing, including the lateral lines that travel from residential structures out to the sewer main. This includes all blockages that occur in any public utility easements and public right of way that are defined in the property title. Public utility easements generally refer to the portion of the lateral line that exists in areas between the street and the official property line. Problems originating in the sewer main, however, are the responsibility of the city and should be reported right away. Any issues that are determined to be city responsibility will be repaired or paid for in full by the related municipality, as will any resulting property damages. Local municipalities are not legally allowed to be in direct competition with local plumbers. Thus, not only are they not responsible for repairing any portion of the plumbing that leads up to the sewer main, including the lateral line, but they are not legally allowed to accept repair requests concerning these areas.