Common Sewer Repair San Diego Families Face
While our Midwest and east coast relatives think our temperate climate makes home maintenance simple, they do not always appreciate the environmental issues that impact our slabs, lawns and sewers. In fact, severe sewer problems arise from serious causes, namely, the drought, our location in a desert and our unstable terrain. Luckily, the sewer repair San Diego home and business owners face can be quickly rectified with modern technology. State-of-the-art sound and video detection tools and the NuFlow® trenchless (meaning no digging into yards or slabs) sewer repair system get sewer lines back in working order in a day.
If you are facing a sewer issue and wondering, “why me?”, understand that many San Diego home and business owners run up against sewer line problems. Understanding how these problems happen help you move onto the necessary next step: arranging repair. These most common causes of sewer issues include:
Parched Sewer Lines Crack
The San Diego County Water Authority proudly announced that local homeowners and businesses reduced water usages by 27% in 2014 to combat our four-year drought. For 2015, it looks like were heading for another 25% or so water reduction from those already impressive numbers. Unfortunately, the reduction of water flowing through the sewage system has resulted in pipe dry outs. While that may not be a problem for plastic pipes, the cast iron and clay pipes still in use in some of our older neighborhoods (Escondido, Old Town, this means you!) actually function better with regular moisture. The bone dry weather we have can create cracks that result in . . .
During a major drought, a tree’s roots will be forced to look for water other than that available in the soil. Desperate, they are not above invading our sewer lines. All it takes a tiny crack in the pipe for a root to make its way inside, where the water will sustain it. The San Diego County water authority tells us that these water-thirsty roots cause 50% of all sewer blockages. Thankfully, the expoxy material involved in the Nu Flow® trenchless pipe re-lining system prevents the infiltration of roots into pipes is impervious to roots. It has no joints or seams, so those tenacious tendrils cannot find a gap to get into the line.
Calcification Resulting from San Diego’s Hard Water
In our post about how calcium-derived limescale makes dishes cloudy, we explain that San Diego consistently ranks among the top ten in WORST water quality. On its 200 mile journey from the Colorado River to our taps it passes mostly through cement piping where it picks up calcium, magnesium and other minerals. This calcium residue not only coats our wine glasses, it even builds up in sewer lines. After decades it can actually build up enough to block a drain line. The good news is that our NuFlow pipe-in-pipe epoxy resists calcium deposit adherence.
Seismic Shifts Can Crack Pipes
Our blog post about earthquake-safe plumbing explains that while here in Southern California we just feel the big shakers every few months, really 10 minor tremors hit San Diego DAILY. They wreak havoc with both sewer and gas lines, working pipes apart at joints and cracking others all together. A hairline crack caused by one tremor grows larger with each subsequent tremor. Again: NuFlow to the rescue!
Get a Customized Sewer Repair/Replacement Plan to Fit Your Budget
San Diego residents have trusted Perry Plumbing Heating & Air for their sewer repair and replacement for nearly 40 years. Slow drains, wet spots in the yard and bad odors can indicate a sewer line leak. If you are experiencing these, do not hesitate to call us at 619-472-2112. We also have a 24/7 emergency services line or you can schedule service here. Our state of the art tools and technicians with decades of experience in sewer repair and replacement get life back to normal fast! Our plumbing coupons page and discounts for military, police and seniors help you get your sewer working perfectly.