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 … Read More
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
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
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 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
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