Locate Underground Utility Lines – Before You Begin Digging

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Replacing underground utilities is a complex process. Whenever excavating or digging into the ground is required, it’s critical to understand exactly where buried utility lines are located – in order to avoid causing serious damage to underground infrastructure on your property. Here’s what you need to know before digging. What Are Underground Utilities? The term “utility” refers to the services provided … Read More

Replacing Your Service Water Line

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Sometimes a plunger is not sufficient to solve your plumbing problems. As a homeowner, you will most likely experience problems with the water main to your house at some point – and unfortunately, you will probably have to hire a professional plumber to perform the necessary repairs. When that day comes, here are some things to keep in mind when … Read More

What is Pipe Bursting Technology?

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What is Pipe Bursting? Pipe bursting is a trenchless sewer repair method that involves breaking and expanding the existing buried sewer line while simultaneously replacing it with new high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipes. Pipe bursting does not require the use of added chemicals or other contaminants. Coupled with the long lifespan of the environmentally-safe HDPE pipe, pipe bursting is considered to be a … Read More

Winter Rains Have Arrived in the Bay Area

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Unlike recent past years, the rainy winter season is actually bringing rain this year to the San Francisco Bay Area and Oakland! Our cities are finally getting a good rinse, trees and foliage are receiving badly needed hydration, and the Sierras are seeing record snowfall. We can all be thankful for the precipitation in our wildfire and drought-prone California. While … Read More

New California Law Requires Use of Lead-Free Plumbing Fixtures

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California Governor Gavin Newsom recently signed into law a slew of state legislation. On the climate front, the governor signed bills that will ban gas-powered lawncare equipment and mowers as well as a bill that lowers minimum vehicle speed limit for municipalities. On the hospitality front, the California executive also signed bills to make takeaway cocktails and and remove restrictions … Read More

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

EBMUD Private Sewer Lateral (PSL) Compliance

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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 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

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

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