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

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

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

How We Replace Sewer Lines in the Basement or Under a Slab Foundation

One of the most unfortunate places for a sewer line leak is in your concrete basement or especially under a slab foundation home. These leaks can exponentially increase your water bill and cause long-term property damage if unresolved. But don’t panic if you notice signs of sewer line damage in your basement. Pipe Spy may be able to help you … Read More

HOA Sewer Lateral Compliance 2020: What You’ll Need to Know to Get Started

This post is the first in our HOA Sewer Lateral Compliance Series. Home Owner Associations (HOAs) in the Bay Area need to be ready to obtain their sewer compliance by 2020. With the deadline right around the corner, the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD), particular cities, and Pipe Spy are encouraging HOAs to prepare for obtaining their sewer compliance. … Read More

How Affordable is Trenchless Sewer Replacement and Is the Cost Worth it?

Whether you need to have an emergency sewer repair or you are comparison shopping on repair methods, one of the considerations to make is whether to pursue a trenched sewer repair or to use trenchless sewer repair. Of course, cost will be one of your deciding factors, but there might be other aspects of the repair that you have yet … Read More

Do Low Flow Toilets Cause Sewer Problems?

Low-flow toilets have become popular in recent years. As the name suggests, these toilets use less water—an important outcome that we encourage and practice ourselves here at Pipe Spy.  However, there are also a few downsides when it comes to the effects low flow toilet fixtures can have on plumbing systems. This is something you should keep in mind if you’re thinking about purchasing … Read More

Trenchless Sewer Repair 101

Trenchless sewer repair uses no-dig construction techniques to fix damaged sewer laterals and water pipes without destroying an entire yard. Pipe Spy has been using trenchless rehabilitation technology for sewer repair work since 1998 and was the first plumbing company to bring the sewer lateral technology to the Bay Area. Since World Trenchless Day will be celebrated this month, it’s … Read More

5 East Bay Sewer Lateral Requirements Homeowners Need to Know

In the East Bay region, all residential, commercial and industrial properties are subject to the EBMUD PSL Program. A Quick Refresher: The EBMUD ordinance is a local program with the aim of improving the Bay Area water environment. It is a response to the community’s old, cracked sewer pipes causing rain infiltration that overwhelms our cities’ wastewater facilities: when too much water seeps … Read More