COVID-19: A Thank You to Essential Service Workers

It’s difficult to describe what we are all experiencing as a result of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Every aspect of our daily lives (work, home, and social) has been impacted. We hope that you’re keeping updated as the situation unfolds and as communities continue sheltering in place to protect themselves and their loved ones. Many businesses are closed, and … Read More

How to Remove Garbage Disposal Odors

Garbage disposals can be great tools to assist in getting rid of food waste during your daily cleaning routine. However, they can accumulate build up and bacteria and create odors as organics spoil during the decomposition process. If you’re struggling to eliminate garbage disposal odors, Pipe Spy can help. With our 40+ years of sewer maintenance experience, we can provide … Read More

How to Maintain Your Water Heater

It’s easy to forget about maintenance for your water heater because they can work just fine for 10 or more years without paying much attention to them. But did you know you could extend the life of your water heater with just a bit of maintenance each year? In this article, we’ll show you some useful tips on how to maintain your … Read More

What Are Grease Traps and How Do They Benefit Sewer Lines

When fat, oil, and grease (FOG) are poured down the drain, sewer blockages and overflows can occur. Sewer overflows spill raw sewage onto city streets and sidewalks, into storm drains leading to the Bay, and onto your property becoming a health hazard. Grease traps and supporting systems and services can help reduce blockages and overflows in our draining systems. What Are … Read More

Safety First: Why Pipe Spy’s Confined Space Certification is So Important

Sewer line repair or replacement is physically demanding work and not visible to us above ground. Though we have tools that help us gather information about where the sewer line is located, its depth, surface areas that need to be restored, and other utilities in proximity, the total story is not revealed until we dig the ground up where necessary to complete the project. … Read More

Utility Easements: Getting Your Neighbors’ Blessing

Sometimes neighbors share utility spaces underneath their properties, and it’s not always a welcomed realization. By law, an easement is a right to cross or otherwise use someone else’s land for a specified purpose; and lots can get lost in the translation of this law when it comes to property lines, neighbors, and the cost to resolve issues related to it. To … Read More

How to Identify the Symptoms of a Sewer Line Break

The sewer line is a part of your house. Just like your roof, your doors and your windows—it serves a particular function and purpose. If left unchecked, breaks and fractures can cause a lot of distress and property damage. Learning how to identify the symptoms of a sewer line break can prevent these issues. Common Symptoms and Solutions When you’re … Read More

Open Trench Excavation: Why We May Have to Do It

Open trench excavation is the traditional and was the most common method for sewer lateral repair or replacement. Open trench excavation consists of excavating a trench for the manual installation of each piece of pipe. This type of sewer work is applicable to collapsed pipes, severely broken pipes, and heavy root blockages. The open trench method is, on average, more … Read More

Sewer Lateral Compliance as it Relates to Buying a Home in the East Bay

When purchasing a home in the East Bay, many people are unaware of the property’s sewer lateral compliance status. This can create many pitfalls and missteps that can lead to a lot of expensive consequences for homeowners. As sewer lateral compliance is one of the most complex processes a homeowner will go through around purchasing a new house, Pipe Spy … Read More

Commercial Sewer Lines: 5 Reasons to Have Pipe Spy on Your Building Site

Commercial sewer line testing and repair requires engineering, planning, and work at a level that sometimes surprises business owners and contractors. Often times, commercial locations have large systems of 4”, 6” and 8” inch pipes within a network underground that requires extensive labor to sort through, locate, and diagnose. Despite the challenges that comes with commercial sewer line testing and … Read More