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San Diego Sewer Services

Sewer Repairs & More in San Diego, CA

The importance of having working sewer lines can’t be understated. All of your home’s drains filter into your sewer lines, which then lead to the public sewer system. Even the smallest of problems in your sewer lines could have ramifications on your entire home, ranging from slowing your drains down to dangerous backflow in some of your most important plumbing systems. They can even cause damage to your property by flooding your yard or causing shifting in your foundation. So when something goes wrong, make sure you call a San Diego plumber with experience and training to handle these issues as quickly and effectively as possible.

When it comes to sewer line services, Anderson Plumbing, Heating & Air has your back. We offer a full range of services designed to help you keep your sewer lines in good condition and flowing smoothly. When it comes to repairs, we use the latest tools to ensure that your repair is minimally invasive while effectively eliminating the problem for good. If we need to replace your sewer line, we look at all options available, including the possibility of using trenchless pipe repair to replace your sewer line without having to excavate it or dig up your entire yard. We truly care about your home, and we make it a point to deliver an experience that’s second to none, no matter how large or small your issue, so you can be confident the job is done right.

Call Anderson Plumbing, Heating & Air at (866) 374-0402 now and let our experienced team handle your sewer line problems.

Clog Removal

A clog in your sewer line can back up many, if not all of the drains in your home, depending on where it’s located. In the past, these clogs used to be tremendously difficult to remove, and could have even involved excavating your sewer lines. Today, there are a number of options, including snaking and hydrojetting, which can remove these clogs without this painful and intrusive process. We’ll work with you to determine the nature of the clog by inspecting your sewer line, and we will develop a plan that solves your problem as soon as possible.

Sewer Line Repairs

A broken sewer line can be extremely dangerous to your home. A leak in a sewer line can flood your yard with sewage, or even jeopardize the foundation your home is built on. In some cases, a leak can simply be repaired. Whether or not a repair is possible is something that our San Diego plumbers will have to determine with you after a thorough inspection to determine the nature of the problem. In some cases, it may be easier to replace your sewer line outright, while in others a repair will be the far more economical choice.

Sewer Line Replacements

There may come a time where you have to replace your old sewer line because it simply can’t service your home any further. Sewer line replacement can be a big job, but we do everything we can to make it cost-effective, quick, and non-invasive as possible. Our replacement services ensure that your sewer lines are in good condition and will last without issue for years into the future, giving you peace of mind about your home.

Underground Sewer Repair & Root Cutting

Sewer lines can become damaged for a variety of reasons, one of the most common being tree root invasion. Because sewer lines are underneath the ground, they are susceptible to blockages and damage from tree roots. Whether your sewer problem is the result of invasive tree roots or some other problem has occurred, our team can quickly and correctly diagnose the issue and set to work making the necessary repairs. Before beginning any work, we conduct a thorough video sewer inspection to determine the cause of the problem. This will allow us to see if tree roots have begun invading the pipes, or if another blockage or leak is causing the problem. No matter the situation at hand, our team will get to work making any necessary repairs. We even offer trenchless sewer repair to save you time, money, and hassle!

Need a plumber? Get in touch with our team at (866) 374-0402 to schedule your next drain cleaning or sewer service in San Diego or the surrounding areas!

Tips & Advice

Tips & Advice From Our Experts

  • How Tree Roots Invade Pipes
    A very common reason for stoppages are tree roots. Tree roots typically enter a pipe through a bad connection. They can’t enter a sewer system that is constructed properly. Roots should never be present. Roots quickly become established and as they grow, they further damage the connection – kind of like a tree sapling that grows through a crack in a sidewalk. If left alone for just a few months, it will cause the sidewalk to crack. That is what happens with tree roots and sewer lines.
    Kyle, Drain Service & Sales Manager
  • How Long Does Concrete Sewer Pipe Last?
    Some sewer pipe is made from Concrete. Typically, this type of concrete pipe lasts a long time, but we do see problems start at the connections due to ground settling or tree root intrusion. Concrete pipe is susceptible to cracks – just like a concrete sidewalk – particularly when stressed from tree roots or offsets. The average lifespan of concrete sewer lines, before you start to encounter stoppage problems, is 30 years. The most common reasons for sewer line stoppages with concrete lines include offsets at connections and breaking pipe due to tree roots and ground settling.
    Miguel, Sewer Replacement Specialist
  • Even Tiny Roots Cause Sewer Damage
    Tree roots are a major cause of pipe damage and should never be present in a properly functioning sewer line. Once cut, even fine, hair-like roots will grow back into the sewer line quicker. Once trees and shrubs find a source of water and nutrients (like the inside of the sewer pipe), they will vigorously attempt to re-establish roots in the pipe after cutting. Root growth outside the pipe will crush or crumble pipe as the root becomes more established, leading to a progression of pipe misalignments, bellies, and collapses.
    Kyle, Drain Service & Sales Manager
  • Got Clay Pipes?
    Clay is one of the most ancient piping materials and was the material of choice for a lot of sewers by the 1880s-1900s. Believe it or not, we still see them today here in San Diego. If you have clay piping, we would most likely recommend a complete replacement when failures begin to occur. The most common reasons for sewer line stoppages with clay lines include offsets at connections and breaking or shattered pipe due to tree roots and ground settling. The expected lifespan of clay sewer lines is about 30 years. Typically, clay pipe lasts a long time, but problems will start at the connections due to ground settling or tree roots. Clay is susceptible to breaking when stressed from tree roots. I am sure you can visualize how it can suddenly break, just like a clay flower pot might if you put too much pressure on it!
    Miguel, Sewer Replacement Specialist
  • You Have Orangeburg Pipe. Now What?
    Orangeburg pipe is made of paper and tar and was only used as a less expensive substitute for cast iron during the 1940s –1970s. And yes, we do see this pipe in San Diego and San Diego County. Due to its composition, Orangeburg will become misshapen (like the profile of an egg lying on its side). Unfortunately, it's not practical to make any kind of spot repair on Orangeburg. In fact, it may not even be legal in your municipality. All Orangeburg piping is past its useful life and should be replaced.
    Miguel, Sewer Replacement Specialist
  • What Causes Sewer Misalignment?

    Misalignments of sewer systems are frequently caused by ground settling which removes the bedding the pipe is laying in. Over time, the misalignment will allow wastewater to leak out of the pipe, further eroding the bed of the pipe and causing the misalignment to get worse.

    Ultimately, it will result in more severe misalignment or full collapse. This can take a while or it can happen pretty quickly.

    Kyle, Drain Service & Sales Manager
  • Tree Roots Collapse Sewer
    Nothing good ever happens when roots invade your drain or sewer line. While the tree roots inside your pipe may be small initially, the root system is fed generously and can cause major (and more costly) damage as they continue to grow and strengthen. What will certainly occur is root penetration will increase, causing a larger and larger separation. This will result in the two pipe sections separating more, causing wastewater to leak out and erode the base underneath the connection. This progression can lead to a full collapse of the sewer line.
    Kyle, Drain Service & Sales Manager
  • Fully Collapsed Sewer Pipe
    When inserting our camera into a cleared drain, if the camera head is fully obstructed, it's pretty clear our customer has a complete collapse of the sewer line. At this point, the problem had to be fixed right away. Typically when you see this, the line has been damaged for a period of time, then finally it gives way due to roots or lack of support. Replacement of the collapsed pipe is the only option.
    Miguel, Sewer Replacement Specialist
  • Partially Collapsed Pipe

    Drain stoppages can occur when a sewer line is starting to collapse, which is not good. When a pipe is this damaged, it is only a matter of time before the line fully collapses.

    While a pipe is only partially collapsed, it is still possible to try a trenchless replacement of the line before it gets any worse. Fixing the pipe as soon as possible can save you money and reduce the disruption to your yard.

    Kyle, Drain Service & Sales Manager
  • Sewer Inspection BEFORE You Buy!
    Before you buy a home, traditionally you require a home inspection. Checking the condition of the sewer system is not included. I would highly recommend spending a small amount to determine its condition. Sewer replacement can be expensive, and every prospective homeowner should take the extra step to ensure they don’t buy a house and literally put thousands of dollars down the drain. How can the condition of sewer pipes be determined? Inquire about the history of the existing homeowner. Frequent blockages, odors, slow drains or rapid growth of vegetation can be tell-tale signs of a compromised pipe. The best and only way to determine the condition of a sewer pipe is to have a camera inspection by a drain specialist. If you hire a specialist, they should have a camera with video capabilities and can provide you a copy of the video.
    Miguel, Sewer Replacement Specialist
  • Sewer Back Ups Caused by Misaligned Pipes
    The most common cause of sewer back up is tree roots, but they are not the only cause. Pipe misalignment at the connection between two pieces of pipe is especially common for older sewer lines. This is due to the pipe’s long years of service and ground settling. Bedding under the pipe slowly gives way, causing the pipe connection to separate. When this happens, waste water leaks out causing the soil under the pipe to erode...making the offset worse over time. This can be a gradual process or it can happen quickly. It will ultimately cause more and more backups and finally a pipe collapse.
    Kyle, Drain Service & Sales Manager
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    Mary Jean, President
  • Sewer Mainline Stoppage - Foreign Objects
    Unless there is something structurally wrong with the sewer mainline, they rarely back up. Even back-ups that seem to be caused by foreign objects (often graciously donated by toddlers ;)) are typical because of a structural issue with the line. It's uncommon that the cause of a backup is solely the foreign object's presence in the pipe. What more commonly happens, is the object passes through a smaller secondary line that comes from a sink or toilet and enters the mainline. When something like a child’s toy gets flushed down the toilet and it lodges at the connection or beyond, the problem is not that a child’s toy was flushed down the toilet, it is that there is an offset in the sewer line that is in need of repair.
    Mary Jean, President
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