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?”
Most professionals consider pipe bursting to be the superior sewer repair option because it is environmentally-friendly, long-lasting and offers a quick turnaround. Plus—and perhaps most importantly for home-owners—trenchless pipe bursting creates the least amount of disturbance to the surrounding area, and therefore projects that take days when you need to dig a trench can often be completed in just a few hours.
Pipe Spy has been solving complex plumbing problems for our customers since 1998. We would like to share some of the lessons we've learned over the years when it comes to commercial plumbing, including the unique regulations and surprising challenges that may arise on a commercial property.
In order to invest in sustainability, communities, households, and individuals must have reliable plumbing systems that save water and energy. So we'd like to encourage you to take some time to recognize the importance of clean water in our lives by joining in these upcoming days of recognition.
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.
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.
Sewer lateral compliance is a common point of confusion for Homeowner’s Associations and HOA members in our community. This guide takes a closer look at the specific requirements, including who is responsible for sewer lateral repairs and how the compliance process works.
Replacing underground utilities is a complex process. Whenever a homeowner plans to excavate or dig into the ground in any way, it’s critical to locate and avoid damaging utility lines buried under your property. Here’s what you need to know before digging.
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.
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.
Most homeowners only think about where their 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.
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.
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!