Underground Sewer Repair & Root Cutting

Sewer Repair
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Sewer Repair & Tree Root Removal Experts

Whether your sewer damage is caused by tree roots or some other blockage or break, we are the team to call. We have been fixing San Diego homeowners' underground sewer lines for more than 35 years.

We’ll perform a video sewer inspection to be sure we know what and where the problem is. The video will show any root intrusions and root cutting can be performed using specialized tree root removal tools. Trenchless pipelining may be your best option for underground sewer repair. This method is less disruptive to your property and more cost-effective because it requires very little digging compare to traditional techniques. Our sewer repair experts are well-versed in trenchless equipment.

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Why call us for a video pipe inspection:

  • Costs are provided up front and in writing so there are no surprises.
  • We respect your property and will leave your home clean, in the same or better condition than it was found.
  • We are licensed, insured and our work is backed by our 100% Satisfaction Guarantee – in writing.

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Meet Our Specialists

Training for superior drain cleaning and sewer repair service.
Our team of drain clearing and sewer repair experts lead the pack in knowledge of the new technology that allows us to solve your drainage problems quickly. We provide focused training to certify our plumbers as drain specialists and guarantee our technicians excel at their specialty. This means superior service, efficiency and cost-savings for you.

Customer safety is our foremost concern.
For your safety, all of our specialists are licensed and fingerprinted with the State of California. We conduct extensive background checks, personality profiling and drug testing so you can feel safe when we visit your home. We will email you a picture of the plumbing or HVAC specialist dispatched so you’ll recognize them when they arrive. This email will also contain background information and confirmation of background checks.

Tips & Advice from Our Experts

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

Tips & Advice from Our Experts

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 mis-shapen (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.

Kyle, Drain Service & Sales Manager

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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 life span 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.

Kyle, Drain Service & Sales Manager

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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 life span 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!

Kyle, Drain Service & Sales Manager

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Cast Iron Pipes

Cast iron pipes have been manufactured and used in the United States since the early 1800’s. The first usage was for water distribution, but eventually expanded to waste water disposal. It is naturally porous and over time as it rusts and erodes. It becomes even more porous which causes material to build up inside the pipe, which can lead to stoppages. Or the bottom of the pipe can actually erode due to use and caustic drain cleaning chemicals used through the years. The average life span of cast iron sewer lines before you start to encounter recurring problems is about 30 years. If problems start to occur around 30 years, it's more than likely time to replace. 

Kyle, Drain Service & Sales Manager

Tips & Advice from Our Experts

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

Tips & Advice from Our Experts

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 waste water 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

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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.

Kyle, Drain Service & Sales Manager

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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 partailly 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

Tips & Advice from Our Experts

Does your sewer pipe have a paunch?

As a drain specialist, I can promise a sewage backup is almost always caused by some kind of problem with the pipe. A common cause for sewer backup is a belly in the pipe. Bellies tend to worsen over time (but sometimes very quickly) due to leakage at misaligned connections that erode the pipe bedding. Waste and paper will collect in the pool and build up, creating a dam which will lead to continual stoppages. Most of the material in a sewer line can be removed when we clean the main line, but it will build right back up. Water will continue to leak out of the bad connections, further eroding the bedding of the pipe and the belly will continue worsen. This can progress from pipe belly to collapse.

Kyle, Drain Service & Sales Manager

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

Tips & Advice from Our Experts

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 typically 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.

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FAQ

Can you clear my drain through the roof vent?

We cannot place our plumbers in hazardous positions, so we do not go through roof vents. This is a very effective way to cause roof leaks but an ineffective way of clearing stoppages. Stoppage should be reasonably accessible (clean out available). If you do not have a clean out, call us to inquire about having one installed, it's recommended to have one should you ever need service in the future.

What is a drain clean out?

A drain clean out is an access point to your drain with a cap on it. It provides access to a clog if it gets past the drains. They are typically located in the front or back yard, under the kitchen sink, or in the wall near your washer/dryer hook ups.

What is pipe lining?

Pipe Lining is a way to make old pipes new again, from the inside, without replacing the existing drain or sewer piping.

Why would I need a camera inspection of my drain lines?

Pipe camera inspections are the only way to conclusively know what is really going on inside your pipes.

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