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Why We Love Trenchless Sewer Repair (And You Should, Too!)

How Does Trenchless Sewer Repair in San Diego Work?

Having your sewer repaired used to be one of the most costly plumbing expenses homeowners would have. A team of trained workers would dig a trench through your driveway and sometimes under the foundation of the house to access the faulty sewer line. Luckily for homeowners with sewer repair in San Diego there is an easier option that would require no trench. If you request a trenchless sewer repair in San Diego you can have your sewer fixed in one day. The one day trenchless sewer repair job would come with a 20 year guarantee if it is completed by My Plumber CA.

What Does The Trenchless Sewer Repair Process Look Like?

The process for completing a successful trenchless sewer repair job is fairly straightforward. My Plumber CA would begin by digging two holes in order to access the pipe with issues. A steel cable is extended through the pipe with issues from one end to the other. A bursting head and a new pipe are added to the steel cable. The bursting head uses hydraulic machinery and cable to crush the pipe. As the old pipe breaks away the new pipe is pushed through to take the old pipe’s place. Once completed My Plumber CA the best plumber in San Diego connects the new pipe to your home and main sewer lines.

What Issues Are Solved By Trenchless Sewer Repair?

If you suspect that your sewer needs repair you may want to consider trenchless sewer repair. Trenchless sewer repair will fix issues with cracked or collapsed pipes. It also can help reduce some of the trench-work required to fix negative grade, which is when an old pipe sags or has an improper slope angle. Trenchless sewer repair can even fix pipe issues caused by roots or household debris getting caught in the lines. In some cases a homeowner may request a trenchless sewer repair on a perfectly good pipe if they are trying to add a larger water line to their home. If you are experiencing these, or other sewer related problems, reach out to My Plumber CA to see if your issues can be solved by a trenchless sewer repair.

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$99 Video Pipe Inspection

There’s a reason that we offer a great price on our video pipe inspection service. We think everyone in the San Diego area should have one done. These inspections can find problems in your pipes long before they become the catastrophes that can cost you thousands of dollars.

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Our real time video can snake through your entire pipe system to identify problems like:

  • Broken or cracked pipes – we can see small fissures in the interior of the pipe before they become full blown cracks. Then we can fix them with either a pipe relining or a full repiping of the area.
  • Collapsed piping – a partially collapsed pipe can put extra strain on your entire system. We can repipe the area and return your water flow and pressure to acceptable levels.
  • Misaligned pipes – if one of your pipes is offset, it could be leaking. This happens when pipes are set in shifting soil and usually happens with lateral drain lines.
  • Clogs and blockages – clogs happen. We can find them and determine what is causing the block. Then we can use a hydrojet or power auger to clear it.
  • Interior pipe corrosion – if the interior of your pipes are corroding they could be leeching contaminants into your drinking water. We can reline or repipe in these situations.
  • Bellied or bowed pipe sections – a bellied pipe can leave standing water in the pipeline, usually in the lateral sewer line. It can also lead to blockages as debris builds up in the low part of the pipe.
  • Broken pipe seals – pipe joints are the most likely place to find a leak. They can happen anywhere and often are found in connection with corrosion.
  • Root infiltration – tree roots love water and will seek it in your lateral line. We can determine if your sewer line log is from tree roots with our video inspection.
  • Off grade piping – we can identify pipes that never should have been installed in the first place or are not up to current code.

Being able to identify these problems via and interior video scoping allows us to check your entire home from just a few locations and with absolutely no exploratory holes being put into your walls. We can even check the pipes that run beneath poured slab. Our $99 video pipe inspection is a service that all of our customers should take advantage of. Help us get San Diego’s pipes in tip top shape, starting with yours.

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Sewer Repair Costs

A sewer main can be very expensive to have repaired, averaging a few thousand dollars. The sewer main is the primary sewer line that connects your house to the city’s main sewer line. In order to see the exact problem that is wrong with the sewer line the professional may decide to use a camera. If they do, they will send a camera down the pipe to try and find the exact problem. This can add cost to the repair but it can also lower the overall cost because it helps keep the repairman from unnecessary repair or replacement costs.

Sewer mains are often underground which is why the repairs cost more. Most of the time, digging up your yard or driveway is the most costly part of the repair. You may only need a small part of the sewer line to be replaced, which wouldn’t cost a lot, but having to dig up the yard and find the problem is going to cost you. If you are building your own home, asking where the sewer main is located would be a wise decision so that you can avoid pouring concrete over it or planting expensive plants and shrubbery over it. Dealing with sewer repairs would be unpleasant enough without having to redo your driveway or your lawn and garden to boot.

If you are trying to find a way to keep the cost down for a sewer main repair you may want to consider slip lining. Slip lining is when a smaller sewer line is put inside the current sewer line. However, this can not always be done. Some repairs call for more work to be done.

In some cases you may need a permit to have your sewer line repaired. If you do this will raise the cost of the repairs. But this can also help by making sure everything is up to code. In some cases you may discover that the part of the sewer line that needs to be replaced or repaired is city property, in which case the city has to pay for the repairs, not you. If you think you may have a sewer main problem call My Plumber CA at 1-855-410-2390 to see what they can do for you. We offer annual sewer video inspections as well. You can also see our drain cleaning page and trenchless sewer replacement pages to learn more.

 

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Signs Of A Clogged Sewer Drain

A clogged sewer drain is a very serious plumbing emergency. If you suspect you have a clogged sewer drain, do not run any water in the house and call a plumber service immediately.

The signs of a clogged sewer drain are unmistakable, once you know what you’re looking at. The sewer drain is the only pipe leaving the house. It is usually six or 8 inches wide and it’s usually connected in a straight line to toilet (if you’re trying to locate it.)

The first sign is often an overflowing toilet, because of this direct connection. An overflowing toilet is a symptom of two different problems, though; that of an clogged toilet, OR that of a clogged drain. To figure out which it is, see if any other fixtures are backed up. The most common places are ground floor (or basement) tubs or showers. The sewer water will back up to the lowest point. Washing machines are another common place to see backups.

At this point, it is almost certain you have a blocked sewer drain, but if you really want to make sure, you can check the sewer clean out, which is a V-shaped valve on the main sewer pipe. Be aware though, that if you open it, you may have raw sewage spilling out. So you could easily skip this step and simply call a plumber right away.

It’s extremely important not to ignore this problem. Not only can you not use any water in the home while the sewer is plugged, if you do, the water that overflows may be contaminated with dangerous pathogens, and can cause dangerous molds to be harbored in your walls and floor. Raw sewage is no joke! Moreover, sewer drains are hard to block, because they are so big. That means that if it did back up, you have a lot of something in your pipe. It could be tree roots, or it could be your toddler likes to systematically flush lego blocks. Whatever it is, you’ll need an experienced plumber on hand to identify the cause and fix it.

My Plumber offers sewer video inspections! Clear your drains before you have a backup.

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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.

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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.