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How Does Trenchless Sewer Installation Work?

A trenchless sewer installation is a non invasive way to replace your old, broken or failing lateral line with a new, seamless one. The process is both cleaner and faster than the old method of digging up half of your yard to remove the old piping and put in new.

Trenchless Sewer Installation

The process is rather simple. We dig two access holes to your sewer line – one at the connection to the city drain and one where the line leaves your home. A steel cable is run through your existing line and a large bursting head is attached to one end. A polyethylene pipe is attached behind the bursting head and then they are pulled through your existing line by a hydraulic motor.

The bursting pipe breaks the existing pipe and pushes the pieces into the surrounding soil while the new pipe fills in the vacated space. Once the entire run is completed, the bursting head is removed and the two ends of the pipe are secured to the home and city sewer system. You now have a new, seamless sewer line that is more resistant to root invasion and cracking.

How Much Will It Cost?

A typical trenchless sewer installation is going to cost between $100 and $200 per foot depending on the location of your sewer line and the type of landscape or hardscape above it. This is still much cheaper than a traditional dig job.

How Long Will It Take?

The project will take a couple of hours from start to finish with the majority of the time spent digging out the exploratory dig holes to thread the steel line.

How Long Will It Last?

Your new pipe will be made from High Density Polyethylene(HDPE). This pipe is corrosion resistant and highly flexible so shifts in the subsoil won’t crack it. This is something that traditional clay, PVC and cast iron pipes lack. And, the HDPE pipe is expected to last about 200 years. Replace it once and you never have to do it again.

How Do I Get Started?

Call the trenchless sewer experts at My Plumber CA and get an estimate today! You can also visit our trenchless sewer repair page to learn more.

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How Sewer And Drain Lines Work

Many people have no more idea of how sewer and drain lines work than they do about space shuttle mechanics. But unlike space shuttle mechanics, you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure it out. Here is a quick explanation of what you see in your house every day, but probably didn’t understand.

I need air!

Ever notice a 2” pipe sticking out of the roof of a house? Maybe several? You might even know them as  “ventilation pipes” without realizing they are there, not to ventilate the house, but to allow air to flow freely behind the water as it drains. If not for the ventilation pipes, the water would drain slowly, if at all, because it would not be able to push the water out of the trap, the U-shaped bend in the drain that keeps sewer gases out of the house.

Why so many sizes?

In construction, a plumber service chooses piping sizes based on what and how much fluid and solids will be going down the drain. Bathroom sinks are the smallest, since they transport very small amounts of water and even less solids. Kitchen sinks, shower drains, and washing machine drains are larger because of both the volume of water they must drain and the amount of dirt or food they must transport. Toilet drains are the largest. They typically flow straight to the main house drain, in order to avoid as many clogging problems as possible. That is why in a multi-story building, the bathrooms are often in the same place on each floor.

Preventing Clogs

Just before the main sewer pipe leaves the house, there is typically a Y-shaped clean out, or inspection valve. It is this valve that allows plumbers to check whether a clog is within the household plumbing, or outside of the house, where special techniques will be required. As routine maintenance, you should have a plumber out to do a video sewer-line inspection in order to assess and perhaps prevent problems in your sewer system before it backs up into your house.

If you have questions about your sewer drains, don’t hesitate to call your San Diego plumber, My Plumber Heating & Cooling– Same Day Service Guaranteed*! 1-877-697-5862

 

Preventative Maintenance for Sewer and Drains

If you have a clogged drain and require a plumber’s service, My Plumber Heating & Cooling can help and here is some quick advice on preventative maintenance, and a few ways to relieve minor clogs.

The easiest way to avoid causing permanent sewer and drain damage is to be careful what you put down them. Pasta, rice, bits of potatoes, and grease from meat can really stop-up a kitchen sink. Cleaning greasy pots and pans with paper towels or scraping them out carefully into a compost bin, before washing them in the sink, is highly recommended. The combination of baking soda and vinegar, followed by a pot of boiling water, can be an easy way to regularly maintain free-flowing drains.

Another recommendation for a kitchen sink that is having trouble draining because of grease can be treated with a hair dryer or a heating pad.  Wrap the pad around the drain trap (or hold the hair dryer in place, if you’re patient) to heat the metal and melt the grease. Follow this up by flushing the sink with hot running water.

Hair is almost always the reason for slow moving bathroom sinks and shower drains. Drain screens are an inexpensive way to make sure that these kinds of small solids stay out of the drains to begin with. If your drain is clogged and you don’t have any Drano, but you do have a bottle of Nair, try squirting it down the drain.  Let it sit for ten minutes then turn on the hot water.

If drain clogs are in the trap, a plunger may be the simple answer. Fill the sink with a few inches of water and put a wet rag in the overflow opening to create a seal, this will keep the drain air-free and make the plunging more effective. (Consider having one plunger for toilets and another for sinks.)

Hopefully these quick tips help keep your drains from any serious damage.  Should you still have issues after trying these recommendations, don’t hesitate to call My Plumber Heating & Cooling– Same Day Service Guaranteed*! 1-877-697-5862

 

Keep Sewer and Drains Clear to Prevent Potential Flooding

With Hurricane Sandy hitting the east coast this week, we wanted to remind everyone in the San Diego area to keep their sewer and drains clear to prevent potential flooding.

As we know, Southern California often gets periods of heavy rain and My Plumber San Diego receives numerous calls in regards to flooded homes, businesses and sump pumps not working. Based on our 30 years of experience and best plumber service we wanted to remind you of several reasons why basements and first floors flood.  Water can enter into your home or office via: leaks or cracks in walls, clogged main drains, foundation drain failure, leaking or clogged downspouts, sump pump failure, a sewer system clog or back-up, or poor lot drainage. Most of these occur as a result of heavy or persistent rainfall.

Besides the time and expense associated with a large clean-up bill, there are other negative consequences associated with flooding:

  • Consistent flooding resulting in long-term damage to your home or office may not be covered by insurance.
  • Mold and mildew growth may occur resulting in serious health problems.
  • Homeowner insurance rates or deductibles may rise to compensate for repeated flooding claims.

We hope your home or office never has s flood, but if it does, give My Plumber Heating and Cooling of San Diego a call. We are sewer and drain experts you can trust to find and fix your flooding problem. We will inspect your drainage systems and make recommendations to guide rainwater off the roof and away from your building.

Best of all, we can repair your sewer and main lines without tearing up your property. Our honest and highly-trained plumber service technicians will come to your home or business and consult with you on the best possible solution. We offer pluming service in San Diego, Oceanside, El Cajon, Chula Vista, and surrounding areas. Our work is 100% guaranteed so give us a call at1 (619) 447-5556 TODAY!

My Plumber CA Fall 2012 Promotional Campaign

My Plumber is a top plumbing service with a 3 decade history in the San Diego Metro Area. Their emphasis has always been on educating homeowners on the importance of regular maintenance and inspections, and to that end they are announcing their Fall 2012 promotional campaign. This campaign will include special rates on drain inspection and servicing and is intended to underscore My Plumber’s commitment to service excellence by attracting new customers and serving the old ones.

My Plumber will provide a video sewer inspection for only $99. Mark Presgrave, My Plumber Vice President, expands on why video sewer inspections are good maintenance. “All bathroom and kitchen drains eventually lead to your home’s sewer system, so it’s very important to fix a small problem before a major backup occurs. Often times we can help save customers from a much larger problem by servicing drains at the first sign of a clog.”

If a stoppage is identified, My Plumber’s trained and certified plumbers will apply whatever drain treatment is most appropriate to the issue, whether it’s jetting the sewer, line repair or replacement, or relining the sewer.

Although it’s a Fall promotion, the new drain line repair service sale is part of a larger plan to promote high levels of customer satisfaction.

“By staying tuned in to what our customers need, and providing discounts on those services that are in high demand, we’re able to reach our customer satisfaction goals,” said Presgrave. “Customer satisfaction is all about understanding what our customers need and delivering on it.”

Clients can refer to My Plumber’s robust website for more information. Not only does the site contain detailed information about the services offered, but also about all the discounts and special offers, including the Fall video drain inspection offer.

About My Plumber:
My Plumber San Diego, LLP was founded on the principles of excellence, diligence and customer service. My Plumber of San Diego is an active part of the community with ties that run deep in North County, East County, and South Bay. They offer these communities repairs and installations of plumbing service as well as installation, service and maintenance of heating and air conditioning systems. For more information, please visit https://myplumberca.com.

The Importance of Sewer and Drain Video Inspections

In addition to water and other liquids, your kitchen and bathroom drains transport a lot of other substances to your home’s sewer system: grease, soap, detergents, hair, fat and oil from food. Over months and years of daily use, your drains can start to slow and become clogged. But rather than wait until that worst-case scenario to call for a plumber, why not arrange for a video inspection of your drains and sewers now?

Video Inspections Are The Best Guarantee

In addition to clearing any obstructions in your drains, a plumbing professional can provide a complimentary video inspection to be absolutely certain, backed up with a warranty. And if your drain is in need of additional repair, other options include hydro-jetting, relining or replacing the sewer.

Don’t Let It Come Down To This:

Jetting the sewer involves using high-pressure (up to 4,000 PSI) spray to remove debris and other obstructions that may be causing the line to slow.

Relining the sewer may be all that is required, and one advantage to this option is that it doesn’t require digging. The liner is resin-soaked, and it attaches to the inside of the sewer as it hardens, resulting in a solid piece that won’t shift or crack over time.

Sewer replacements and repairs are done with PVC pipe. Once the pipe is installed, the ditch is tapered every two feet to prevent backfilling. The lawn is seeded and covered with straw afterward to help it return looking just as good, if not better, than it did before work started.

Inspection Spots Trouble Before It Becomes An Expensive Fix

Dealing with sewers is something no one likes to think about until they have a problem: a child’s toy that got flushed, a clogged kitchen drain, or tree roots cracking older sewer pipes. A video inspection will spot problems before they become an issue and give you reassurance and peace of mind.

Keeping It Clean

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Keeping It Clean

Nothing says clean like the smell of fresh lemon. Manufactures know this, it is why so many house-hold cleaning products smell like theyellow, tropicalfruit. The thing is – that wonderful lemon smell isjust the surface, lemon oil and those wonderful acids that the fruit has in abundance really are effective cleaners…cutting through grease and sterilizing.

That is why one of the best ways to clean the blades on your garbage disposal is to simply run a lemon through the hopper andprocess it, like you wouldany food waste. It will cut any greasy build-upand leave your blades sparkling clean.

The side benefit? It will also leave your kitchen smelling lemon-fresh.