The History of Trenchless Sewer Repair

Over the past few decades, trenchless technology has revolutionized sewer repair. No-dig sewer replacement has become more well-known in recent years thanks to benefits, such as environmental friendliness, cost savings, and minimal disturbance to surroundings. But did you know that this method wasn’t approved for use by local contractors in the East Bay area prior to 1998? Why Trenchless Sewer … Read More

What Are Requirements for Sewer Laterals in Oakland and the 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 … 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

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

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

How Plumbing Efficiency Saves Money and Supports Water Conservation Efforts

Many of us are more concerned than ever with conserving natural resources and reducing our carbon footprint. As a plumbing and sewer contractor, water conservation is an especially important issue to our team, as it is for most Californians—and in particular, Bay Areans. We have dealt with countless water and draught-related issues over the years, so conserving water has become … 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

The Pipe Spy Difference

Prospective customers frequently ask us: What is it that makes our team different? What exactly is the Pipe Spy difference? One of our guiding principles is that we want to be the sewer repair company you’ll recommend to your friends and neighbors. This mission has led our team to develop the expertise, depth of experience and knowledge of local sewer … Read More

How to be Eco-Friendly in the Plumbing and Sewer Industry

Although our industry is NOT known for its contributions to the environment, we have a unique opportunity to affect the sustainability of our communities through eco-friendly plumbing and sewage business practices. Pipe Spy and other sewage contractors work at the intersection of buildings (which account for about 40% of U.S. energy consumption) and water (a limited resource). This means that our work, … Read More

When to Replace a Sewer Line

If persistent drain issues are occurring in your home, there may be a bigger sewer pipe problem hiding underground. Sometimes it’s possible to fix a clog or other sewer line issue with simple drain cleaning and maintenance that the homeowner can have serviced, but there comes a point when these methods won’t solve the problem. At that point, sewer lines … Read More