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

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

Identifying Sewer Line Problems: Key Tips for Troubleshooting a Break

Although you might not pay much attention to them at first, sewer line problems will make themselves known through extensive damage to your home if left untreated. Luckily, there are symptoms such as clogs, backups and other sewer problem warning signs that can alert attentive homeowners to hidden damage before things get out of hand. These are the things you … Read More

How to Clean a Sewer Line

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Your toilet water is bubbling. Your water is backing up in the tub. Your kitchen sink’s drain is making strange noises. It’s starting to sound like you need to clean your sewer line. When you’re busy with work, with managing kids, or even just catching up on your favorite TV show, cleaning a sewer blockage isn’t usually something people are … Read More

Private Sewer Laterals: What Is a Private Sewer Lateral and How Does It Work?

Most homeowners only think about where sewage goes when there’s an unexpected problem. When that problem involves your home’s sewage system, chances are good that you’ll be learning about your private sewer lateral (or PSL) for the first time. What is a Private Sewer Lateral? A private sewer lateral (PSL) is the pipe that connects your home’s plumbing to the publicly-owned sanitary … 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

Sewer Camera Inspections Revealed

A sewer camera inspection is a vital part of keeping your property’s sewer line working properly and effectively. Whether it’s a residential or commercial property, a sewer camera inspection can help property owners maintain their sewer line and identify issues before they become a bigger problem. What is a Sewer Camera Inspection? A sewer camera inspection is a process that inspects a … Read More