Last week, I posted about the City of Portland going after party sewers. I was going to link back to a post I had written previously but it wasn’t there so we’ll recreate today. A few years back, sewer scopes on the east side of town were part of the recommended inspections that we had buyers do during the inspection period. At that time, we were mainly looking for breaks and found plenty. Now we recommend sewer scopes to everyone, even new construction. There have been numerous reports of new ABS sewer pipe being laid and then crushed by heavy equipment!
We’ve now been involved in three transactions that have had party sewers. One property owns the main tap to the line and the other properties must connect directly to the line to disconnect. In the first two instances, the combined bill for the disconnection was over $10,000.
Prior to the Tribune’s report last week, the progression of party sewers in Portland was “we don’t care,” “if it needs repair, it must be disconnected,” and now “not allowed.”