What Is Sewer System Smoke Testing?

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Property owners in Oakland and Berkeley may experience “random city smoke testing.” Local ordinances require sewer lines to be tested for code compliance. What Is Sewer System Smoke Testing? Underground smoke testing is used to detect deficiencies in sewer pipes and the sewage system. Smoke tests can be especially important after episodes of heavy rainfall. Smoke testing is a low-cost … Read More

Sinkholes: When Sewer Repair Goes Wrong

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Some homeowners find themselves dealing with an unexpected and worsening problem on their property: sinkholes. Sinkholes are usually an artificial problem typically caused damaged sewage pipes and drainpipes, broken septic tanks, buried trash, or soil that was not properly compacted after excavation work. Sinkholes can appear where underground sewer pipes have been damaged. This is especially noticeable when the soil … Read More

Do Low-Flow Toilets Cause Sewer System Problems?

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Low-flow toilets have become popular in recent years. As the name suggests, low-flow toilets use less water, which is an important consideration in the drought-prone San Francisco Bay Area. However, there are possible downsides to low-flow toilet fixtures and the effect they can have on your sewer and plumbing system: things to keep in mind if you’re thinking about purchasing … Read More

PSL Pressure Testing Procedure

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If you’re a property owner in the San Francisco Bay Area, make sure sure informed about private sewer later (PSL) pressure tests. A PSL pressure test affects private sewer laterals in the East Bay and much of the greater Bay Area. PSL pressure tests are essential for current and potential property owners who wish to buy, sell, build, or remodel … Read More

How to Clean a Sewer Line

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The toilet water is bubbling. Water is backing up in the tub. The kitchen sink drain is making a sucking sound. It’s time to clean your sewer line. Clearing a sewer blockage isn’t usually something people are excited to talk about. But if you’re experiencing any of the issues above, there’s a good chance you need to clean out your private … Read More

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