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

East Bay Sewer Lateral Requirements Homeowners Need to Know About

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

Commercial Plumbing Tips

In providing commercial plumbing services throughout Oakland, Berkeley and surrounding communities in the East Bay, our team has grown accustomed to solving many unique plumbing challenges associated with commercial properties. This includes complying with regulations, recognizing when unexpected regulations may come into effect, and providing guidance to customers dealing with confusing jargon. Today we would like to share the following … Read More

Random Smoke Testing – What Homeowners Need to Know

In the past few weeks, we’ve had a surge of customers in Oakland and Berkeley who have experienced “random city smoke testing” requiring them to have their sewer lines tested for compliance. This has caused considerable angst and confusion amongst homeowners. Here’s everything you need to know about smoke tests, and what you should do if you have a random … Read More

Sustainable Plumbing: Groundwater, Rainwater, Drinking Water & Beyond

In order to invest in sustainability, communities, households, and individuals must have reliable plumbing systems that save water and energy. Sustainable Plumbing Awareness Efficient plumbing layouts, hot water circulation, wastewater collection, and other sewage related strategies can have a sizeable impact on sustainability goals. For this reason, we want to recognize and share some of the many upcoming recognition days … 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

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

Water Line Replacements: Water Main Problems and How We Can Help

Sometimes, a simple plunger routine won’t solve your plumbing needs. Most homeowners experience house water main problems (or house water service line problems) at one point or another, and in many cases, a professional is needed in order to remedy the situation. Here are some of the things you’ll need to know if you find yourself in need of a … Read More