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

What Is Trenchless Sewer Pipe Repair?

Trenchless sewer repair is exactly what it sounds like: It is a method of sewer repair that allow sewer pipe or sewer lateral replacement without digging a trench. In many cases, trenchless repair is the preferred method of sewer repair. Because digging a trench is not necessary, the repair is less intrusive, more affordable, and offers a quicker turnaround than … Read More

What Are Requirements for Sewer Laterals in Oakland and SF East Bay

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

Homeowner’s Insurance and Sewer Line Repair

When we find ourselves dealing with the challenges surrounding an unforeseen home repair, one of the first questions we typically have is, “How much is this going to cost?” That question is usually followed by another: “Will my homeowner’s insurance cover any of this?” Below, we offer some of the knowledge we have gained in our 20+ years of experience providing … Read More

Pipe Bursting & Sewer Line Replacement

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

Sewer Line Belly 101 – Causes, Proper Identification, and Repair

Sewer line bellies are a common problem that can create aggravating sewer pipe problems for property owners. A sag in a sewer pipe will eventually lead to standing water and sediment collecting in the middle of the line, which in turn can lead to erosion, blockages, and a major backup for the homeowner. What Is a Belly in a Sewer … Read More

Sinkholes: When Sewer Repair Goes Wrong

Many homeowners eventually find themselves dealing with an unexpected and growing problem on their property: Sinkholes. Sinkholes are often a man-made problem caused by things like collapsed or broken sewage pipes and drainpipes, broken septic tanks and buried trash, or soil that wasn’t properly compacted after excavation work. A sinkhole may indicate an area where the underground sewer piping has been … Read More

Sewer Lateral Compliance Guide for HOAs and Condo Owners

An update post about this topic is available here. Sewer lateral compliance in the San Francisco Bay Area is a common point of confusion for property owners in our community. Recently, our team has heard from several Homeowner’s Associations and HOA members with questions about how private sewer lateral compliance services should be approached in their unique living situation. Let’s take … Read More