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Posts tagged with: "Sewer Lines"

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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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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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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EBMUD PSL Compliance

With mandates from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the California Regional Water Quality Control Board, the East Bay Municipal District (EBMUD) formed the East Bay Regional Private Sewer Lateral Program. This program has a large impact on Bay area residents and property owners, especially those with old and aging sewer laterals in need of repair. Learn everything you need to know about the East Bay Regional Private Sewer Lateral Program – and how to make sure your property is EBMUD PSL compliant.

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Why You Should Avoid a DIY Sewer Line Repair

As a homeowner, it’s important to know how to fix common problems that might occur around the house. Over time, many homeowners become a jack-of-all-trades when it comes to basic household projects.

However, there is one DIY project that isn’t basic and is best left to the professionals: sewer line repair. Sewer repairs can quickly become complex when handled by someone with little to no experience in plumbing. While it may seem like a project worth taking on, there are several reasons to avoid taking a DIY approach to a sewer line repair project and instead choose to hire a licensed, professional plumber.

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How to Prepare for El Niño: Managing Sewer Lines

El Niño’s storm systems have the potential to wreak havoc on your sewer lines. If El Niño brings rain to the Bay Area this winter, flooding and sewer backups are likely to happen; if your drains and sewers aren’t clean, you could have ugly plumbing issues. Storms and clogged drains are a bad mix, as excess ground water could exacerbate existing sewer line and plumbing issues and cause property damage. That’s why it’s important to be proactive and avoid flood and backflow damage by getting your sewer lines inspected and cleaned before the storms hit.

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