chillicamper wrote: Our street is a dead end road with 4 houses down each side and 4 at the end. We all run our sewer pipes in to a big septic tank/sewerage treatment plant in the woods as we have no mains drainage. The pipe serving the houses is only about 6-7 inch diameter clay pipe......and about 60 years old.
A 12-house septic tank - wow. I'm not sure they exist in Leftpondia. I know I've never heard of one.
2014-60ish is sort of early 1950s. That sounds about right for undersized pipes and optimistic ideas about repairs.
But hooray for you for clearing it! That is noble work. I casually wonder who officially "owns" the system, anyway?
A country house of my acquaintance is on a private (and unpaved) road with a lot of others; the road is owned by one of the people on it, and that person is responsible for keeping it cleared in winter and repaired when it washes out. But at least they don't have to take care of the drains. Those are all individually owned.