Summer Checklist for Your Home Plumbing Systems

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Summer Solstice is upon us – and with nearly 30% of Americans fully vaccinated for coronavirus and cities opening up, people are also beginning to open up their homes to friends and family for get-togethers and backyard barbecues again. Afterall, folks want to show off all the upgrades they made to their spaces during the lockdown and share how comfortable … Read More

Buying a Home in the Spring and the Benefits of Going Green

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While there may be regional differences in peak real estate seasons across the country, it’s well known that peak home buying in the spring is universal. The weather is nice, and sellers can show their properties in the best light. Likewise, green features can keep your home running more efficiently at lower cost, so it’s something for sellers to consider … Read More

How to Unclog a Kitchen Sink with a Garbage Disposal

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The holidays are coming and though this holiday season will be a bit different than season’s past, two things remain the same. Rich, holiday foods clog drains. Regular maintenance and clearing opens them back up. Home for the Holidays Many of us have been keeping in contact with family and friends via phone, Zoom, and email, and one thing I … Read More

Sewer Lines, Storm Drains, and the California Rainy Season

Note: This post was originally written in 2015 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness. Wintertime is the typical rainy season in California. Did you know the rain often brings challenges for homeowners and commercial property owners along with it? From backups to flooding and a whole host of other problems, the rainy season will likely provide many challenges to … Read More

EBMUD Private Sewer Lateral (PSL) Compliance

East Bay EBMUD COMPLIANCE

With mandates from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the California Regional Water Quality Control Board, the East Bay Municipal District (EBMUD) formed the East Bay Regional Private Sewer Lateral Program. The EBMUD PSL Program has a large impact on Bay area residents and property owners, especially those with old and aging sewer laterals in need of repair. … Read More

How Pipe Spy Oakland is Coping with the Pandemic

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It’s not a shock that a lot of small businesses are hurting right now. Implementing new safety protocols, buying new equipment and PPE for workers, and changing policies to keep employees and customers safe. The task at hand, this past summer, for companies that have been able to maintain operations has been to shift. Many small businesses in the East … Read More

The Importance of a Sewer Inspection Before Buying a Home

Buying a home can be one of the most challenging things you do in life. It’s often a stressful process with so many things you need to discover, learn, and understand. The laundry list of items to be considered seems never ending, and well-intended custodians can sometimes forget to disclose costly details in the race to win you the home … Read More

How to Identify the Symptoms of a Sewer Line Break

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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 … Read More

5 Signs You May Need to Replace Your Water Line

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A water line break is the last thing you want to come home to after a hard day at work. You’re tired, you likely don’t know where to start in getting help, and you imagine its going to be expensive to repair. The tough thing about this situation is that inaction can lead to more damage and higher cost. With … Read More

How To Unclog A Sewer Lateral

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A clog in your sewer line can be frustrating, especially if you don’t know what’s causing it or what to do next. In this article, we’ll give you tips on how to address both minor and major clogs – and how to tell the difference. The Issue With A Clogged Sewer Lateral When clogged, private sewer laterals (PSLs) can damage … Read More