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Storm Drain Repair and Clog Prevention

We encourage all our customers to take regular preventative steps that maintain the integrity of their storm drains. But if a storm drain does become damaged, it’s important for home owners and property managers to fix it as soon as possible, especially before the rainy season begins.

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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 one of the top “green” priorities here.

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How to Clean a Sewer Line

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. In the spirit of “Spring Cleaning,” here’s what you need to know in order to fix a sewage headache.

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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, if done purposefully, can help reduce energy use, save fresh water, reduce carbon emissions, and more.

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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 and sewer laterals will need to be repaired or replaced by professionals. How can you tell it’s time to replace your home’s old sewer line or sewer lateral with a new pipe? These are the “red flags” you, as a homeowner, should keep in mind when considering a sewer lateral replacement.

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2016 Year in Review: Case Studies & Customer Reviews

2016 was a very busy year for Pipe Spy. From general sewer repairs to full private sewer lateral replacements, our team of sewer repair experts have kept busy providing custom solutions across the Bay Area. We’re excited to highlight some of the great work our team provided during 2016, and we’re even more excited to continue providing our community in Oakland and the Bay Area in the new year!

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Environmentally-friendly Sewer Repair: Now California Green Business Certified!

Creating a sustainable, environmentally-friendly community is incredibly important to those in Oakland and the surrounding Bay Area community – and Pipe Spy is proud to do our part to contribute to these efforts. We’re proud to announce that Pipe Spy is now "Green Certified" as a part of the California Green Business Program, an initiative to promote and create a more environmentally-friendly California and Bay Area.

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How to Choose the Best Trenchless Sewer Repair Professional

Facing a sewer repair or plumbing project can be intimidating. Many homeowners aren’t seasoned professionals with years of plumbing experience, and rightfully choose to hire a professional to help tackle their sewer repair. But how do you choose between potential trenchless sewer repair professionals? Here’s a guide to help you select the right trenchless sewer repair professional for your project.​

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PSL Pressure Test 101

If you’re a property owner in the East Bay Area, you may need to know about PSL pressure tests. A PSL pressure test affects private sewer laterals, or PSLs, in the Bay Area and are essential for current or potential property owners looking to buy, sell, build or remodel their properties. In this post, we’ll cover everything you need to know about PSL Pressure Tests – and why you need to know about them.

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Summer Plumbing Tips

As the weather gets warmer, there are a lot of things people begin to think about. Trips to the beach, spending time on vacation and other things may enter the mind but it is also a time to think about the plumbing in the home.

Taking some time to consider these summer plumbing tips could help you enjoy the rest of what summer has to offer. Ignoring these tips may mean that the money that was going to pay for the summer fun may actually end up paying for something else.

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Plumbing Tips for Homeowners

A home is a long-term investment – but in order for that investment to grow in value, it must be maintained and sometimes improved. To keep home plumbing systems in good working order and properly maintain your home, a dedicated homeowner should learn the basics when it comes to maintaining a home's plumbing, pipes, and fixtures.

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