How is going sewer main line repair process – watch the video from Almco Plumbing
Sewer main lines can fail without warning, causing sewer backup and flooding. If they break, water can damage your property and mold can cause serious health hazards. When you notice excessive water leaking from the ground or standing puddles, you should call a professional to fix the issue before damage occurs. Hiring a licensed plumber from Almco Plumbing to inspect your sewer main line can prevent costly damage. The expert will check for signs of problems such as cracks or breaks, and replace damaged parts with new ones that will function properly for the next 15-50 years. In this article, we will talk in detail about sewage line repair, and even show a video where Almco Plumbing specialists solve a similar problem. Read this article to the end to find out what happens if you call a good plumber to fix your main sewer.
Sewer systems typically consist of two parts – the sewer main and the lateral lines branching off from it. The sewage main line is the most important element in the plumbing system since your ability to use all the plumbing in the house depends on its serviceability. In particular, it connects the toilet, shower, sink, washing machine and other plumbing to the street sewer. Sewer pipes carry wastewater from buildings and homes to public sewage treatment facilities. If they aren’t working properly, flooding and backups might occur.
When any sewage line components become damaged, water enters the dwelling and damages its structure. Puddles appear in the house or in the yard, there is an unpleasant smell, which makes life in the house unbearable. The homeowner may face high costs to replace those components if he delays calling a plumber. For this reason, the leaking main sewer line requires immediate repair.
Main sewer line possible breakdowns
Pipes in the main sewer line may burst. This can happen due to:
🔷 severe frosts, when the water in the pipes freezes and increases in volume;
🔷 displacement of dry ground, which often occurs in very hot weather;
🔷 tree roots that can damage the pipe;
🔷 iron pipes, that are more prone to tearing than PEX;
🔷 old pipes over 40 years, which worn out and therefore rupture frequently.
As a result of a pipe rupture in the main sewer line, you may encounter such unpleasant phenomena as:
🔷 huge puddles in the yard of the house;
🔷 low water pressure in the shower or sink;
🔷 stagnation of water in the toilet during flushing;
🔷 wet walls in the house;
🔷 nasty smell of rotten eggs;
🔷 the appearance of mold.
All these symptoms of a leaking sewer not only can damage property but also be harmful to health. Therefore, if the main sewer breaks, you should immediately call a plumber, and while waiting, ventilate the house and stay away from areas where mold has formed.
Ways to repair sewage main line
Repairing a sewer pipe can seem like an expensive undertaking. And this is true if you excavate in the yard in order to get to the pipe. Fortunately, homeowners have an alternative in the form of trenchless sewer repairs to the main sewer line. Its main advantages are that plumbers make local tunnels, their size usually does not exceed 4×4 feet. In this case, you do not need to spend money on restoring the yard, because after the work of the plumbers they will bury everything themselves and carefully lay the grass on top. So, you get new sewer pipes and a yard that looks like nothing happened here.
There are several ways to trenchless sewer repair:
🔷 Structural pipe lining or Cured-In-Place-Pipe Lining (CIPP);
Case: a main sewer line repair with epoxy lining in 1 day
Almco Plumbing experts can easily solve any problem with the sewer line. And we can prove it by showing you a real case of trenchless main sewage repair. There is a brief description of all steps.
Step 1. Detecting a problem
The point of the case is that a client from San Diego contacted Almco Plumbing with complaints about puddles of water in the yard, a high water bill and an unpleasant smell. We arrived at the call, examined the place and after sewer camera inspection came to the conclusion that there are cracks in the main sewer pipe. We offered the client a trenchless repair with epoxy lining, and she agreed. We chose this method because it takes only a day, it is minimally invasive, i.e. does not require digging the entire yard and it is relatively inexpensive.
Step 2.Digging a small tunnel for pipe access
Our specialists immediately set to work. We dug a small tunnel to gain access to the pipe. It turned out that the client had installed old iron pipes that had completely rusted over decades. Our plumbers found a big hole in the pipe. Moreover, this iron pipe crumbled at the slightest pressure. If the client called for a plumber 3 years later, then fixing the problem would have been more expensive, as it would have required a full-scale excavation.
Step 3. Sewer line hydro-jetting
In this case, we simply removed the corroded section of pipe and gained access to all the plumbing in the house. With the help of a sewer video camera inspection, we found not only cracks in these pipes but also blockages. Therefore, the first thing we did was clean the inner walls of the pipes from build-up and blockages with a Picot machine and descale it at 4000 psi. After the sewer hydro-jetting, there become more space inside the pipe, which allowed us to put in a new layer.
Step 4. Sewer line epoxy lining
We made a cast of the pipe with epoxy and waited for it to harden. We then carefully inserted the new layer into the old sewer. Thus we made a re-lining of the main sewage and closed all holes and cracks with epoxy lining.
Step 5. Final sewer camera inspection
At the last stage, we carefully buried the pipe, tamped down the ground and returned the artificial turf to its place. After our work, the yard looked the same as before our arrival. Finally, our plumbers carried out a final sewer inspection and showed the homeowner the result, which he was satisfied with.
To find more information on how we repaired the main sewage in a day watch video above or read our case, where we described a procedure step by step. You will be surprised at how is it easy to fix main sewer line if you are working with true experts.
Call for Almco Plumbing to repair sewer main line in San Diego
Almco Plumbing is a company that can you can trust to repair main sewer lines. We have more than 10 years of experience and an excellent reputation. We do all of the trenchless line repair methods, that can save you money. If you want to find a good plumber for sewer line repair there are some reasons to call Almco Plumbing:
We offer high-quality plumbing services. Rest assured that we will choose the easiest and most reliable way to fix your plumbing.
Your interests are our priority. We will offer you a solution that suits you in terms of quality and price.
The price of our plumbing services is fixed. We tell the cost of the work after inspecting the breakdown and do not change the announced cost upon completion of the work.
We respond quickly. We will arrive at the specified time. Our plumbers are ready to come to your emergency call and promptly assist you in fixing your plumbing.
We work carefully. We are left with a clean place. You won’t have to worry about anything after us.
Therefore, if you need the sewer line replaced or repaired, feel free to get in touch with Almco Plumbing! We work in San Diego, including Southcrest, Carmel Valley, Kensington, Mid City, Miramar, San Carlos, Tierrasanta and other regions.
New video from Almco Plumbing: battle video of Kohler and Moen faucets
Hey guys! We’ve created a special battle video of Kohler and Moen faucets. Right now, you can see which kitchen faucet is better, what we don’t like about Kohler and Moen, how sprayers work, which faucet is easier to install and more. In this video we’ll give points for installing, supply lines, sprayer quality etc. Moreover, we’ll test both faucets to 1000 PSI pressure! Do you want to know which faucet, Moen or Kohler, win? Watch this video till the end. Subscribe to the channel and write comments and we will do more battles. See you soon! 📞 Call us (858) 209-7214
Three years later I’m back. Start reviewing Kitchen faucets and I hope other plumbing things. And right now we’re going to Home Depot and pick up the two most common kitchen faucets and review them. Let’s go.
Choosing the faucet in Home Depot
And normally when you came to the Home Depot to pick up a faucet and you look like “OK, and what do I have to get?” like you see different prices between $200 to $400. Even something for $69. But we don’t look at any of them. We don’t look at anything below $100. We’re looking at something close to $200 and choose 2 brands, Moen and Kohler.
Which one is better? The first one is going to be Moen for $209 and the second one is a Kohler Avi for $199. Two faucets. What we’re going to be doing, is installing and then testing them and seeing which faucet will be better.
Testing Kohler and Moen installation process
Moen faucet installation is 7 out of 10
Right now, we’re going to test two faucets. It is Kohler and Moen. And to be honest with you I changed my mind about what I think about these two brands you’re interested in. What I’ve thought before and why it changed my mind – look all the way to the end.
And start with Moen, it’s a more common brand. Everyone knows, everyone likes. It’s a lot everywhere. I installed a lot of them, most of them. Probably what I do installation, it’s a Moen.
Right now we’re going to install the Moen faucet. And a tool that we need is just a screwdriver. And I’m using a timer to see how long it takes.
Done. Two minutes, thirty seconds for installation.
Moen has just 7 points of the 10. Why?
Because this is a knot and this is a range. When you install it under the sink, it’s really hard to tighten. You have a little hole for a screwdriver to make an even quarter turn. You don’t have room. And you have to use the basin range because there are many of the rooms where this range is useless. If they’re going to be longer, it’s probably good. But right now it’s useless. And when I install it, I can easily move on the top. And if you are the homeowner and do the installation by yourself, and then have base and range – you have to work in really long. Or 90% it’s gonna be loose over like three or four months.
Kohler faucet installation is 10 out of 10
Kohler faucet is pretty similar to the Moen. It looks the same but it is many differences. What we have here. It’s already installed sprayer, and the head is already connected. Let’s start see to how long it takes.
To install a Kohler faucet, it’s taking me just one minute and thirty-seven seconds. It’s one minute less.
For the Kohler, you have this knot. When you screw in you need a screwdriver. And it is tight very much, wherever you can, and it’s never a problem. Like if you have an old house and old plywood, and it’s leaking before, and they’re a little bit wet – if you do install Moen they’re going to be 100% lose, no matter what you do. If you do installation Kohler with this ring and two screws, you try that hard when you are not able to move this faucet. Kohler is 10 points. The next step, it’s a test sprayer connection.
Testing sprayer connection
We test the Moen sprayer connection right now, you see it close. And when we put weight and let it go – they never connected together. They still have a gap. They never go all the way and you have to push by your hand to tie in.
With the Kohler when they go back, they go by themselves with the weight all the way to the end. And you don’t have to do anything when you just leave it. They just click back and you’re good. There’s no problem. For the sprayer connection, I will do 10 and 10.
That is a little thing we won’t forget about because here (Moen) you have a weight where you have to connect it, and here (Kohler) you don’t have anything, any mark where you have to connect weight. And you can do the wrong installation weight, and then they’re not going to be working as well too. Because of this, I gave the same 10 points for both.
Supply line test
They are all flexible. They mark hot and cold. And Moen it doesn’t mark hot and cold. And here you have a question, where is hot or where is cold? It’s Moen and it has 9-points. Kohler has a 10-point.
Testing faucets with hydro-jet
And right now we’re going to test it with a hydro-jet, with a 4-cylinder diesel engine. And the compressor was made at 4000 psi water pressure when I do cut roots in a sewer pipe. But right now we’re going to be using 1000 psi. It is what they do the most with water flow over here and see what’s happened to the faucet.
It’s not normally usage, it is just for the test and to see what’s happening. And turn on the engine.
1000 psi Moen under pressure
We see a lot of water coming from here and see a lot of water coming through the top inside.
Wow, it’s super impressive. It’s what I see with this faucet. If something happens, first where is going to start leaking, it’s not where the handle or faucet is. It starts leaking directly inside the kitchen cabinet. It’s not designed for this pressure. It is just a crush test for the faucet. It’s not normal usage.
OK and the cartridge. When we put 1000 psi on the Moen, I am able to on and off. When I am off, it’s off almost completely. The water is just a little bit dripping here, but it still working normally right now. I don’t feel any noise or cracks inside.
1000 psi Kohler under pressure
And right now we’re going to test this. It’s not normal, it’s 1000 psi. You’ll never have that in your house, and we’ll leave the cartridges on and turn it on. See what’s happened.
What I see is water going through the supply line, going to the faucet, going through the cartridge and going back to the sprayer and failed just where the sprayer is. But it doesn’t fail where the cartridge and it doesn’t fail where is inside the facility.
For Kohler. The cartridge is good as well. It is not a problem because water pressure going all the way through the cartridge, going to the faucet, and then fail later after that. But all pressure go through the cartridge and it’s even not leaking.
Moen cartridge was leaking over here. You will see the leak from the bottom. It’s leaking. And for a cartridge, I give Moen 9 points and for Kohler, I give 10 points.
Impressions after the pressure test
For pressure. When we put 1000 psi pressure, of course they don’t have to be that high… But when we have 1000 psi pressure, Moen will give just 5 points because it’s leaking on the bottom. It’s some part fail inside, leaking from the cartridge, leaking from the bottom, leaking everything. This connection is way better than the Kohler. This one is straight good and not failed, but the cartridge inside, the faucet is break and leaking.
What about Kohler? All pressure goes through and this is the low-quality point, where they disconnected and failed. But this can fail in your real life just when you put something really heavy and break it. It’s been easy to break these clips, but under 1000 psi pressure. It’s never going to be that pressure at your house. And for that reason, I give Moen 5 points and Kohler 7 points.
What I don’t like, it’s more important. What I don’t like in the faucets. What I don’t like in the Moen, first is this knot installation. It’s just so hard sometimes to tie in and it’s all to be a professional plumber and have all tools. It’s hard and someone has to hold on top because when you tie the knot, they turn the faucet and you have to go back to install, correct and tie in good. It’s taken a while. It’s simple on the scene, but it takes a while in your real life. And the second what I don’t like is when you use the sprayer, it makes a round, it donates like flat. And it doesn’t really good to spray the dishes. I don’t like this. And then when you put a sprayer by itself, it never goes all the way to the end. It never goes all the way to the end. I don’t like these three things in the Moen faucets.
I think for Kohler. And I’m surprised, I thought, Kohler was always paged for the name, and the quality is the same. It’s what I think always, but after the test today I see how higher quality compare to the Moen, and it costs less, it costs less exactly $10 than Moen. But I see way more quality on the Kohler faucet and I don’t have anything. I don’t have anything that I don’t like.
What I don’t like is just one thing. What I don’t like, and probably it’s a little bit hard for the owner. When you install the click and when you have installed weight, you don’t know, you don’t have the mark, where is a better place to install the weight.
It’s what I don’t like and I give Moen a minus 5-point.
Conclusion: which faucet brand is better
And in total what we have. Moen has 49 points minus 5. It’s a 44. It’s 44 points for the Moen. For Kohler, we have 57 points minus one. It’s a 56. It’s more than 10 points different. We’ve paid $10 more for Moen and we have 10 points more for the Kohler. I’m proud. I’ve never known, that Kohler has way better quality. I think we always pay just for the brand, not for the quality, because they all quality exactly the same. But when I tested and look at these two faucets, my priority right now is going to be Kohler.
Emergency plumbing services in San Diego
Did your plumbing unexpectedly break down? Do you suddenly realize that you can’t use the shower or toilet? Does an untimely leak quickly flood the bathroom? To solve any of these problems, you need to use the emergency plumbing service.
How do you know if you’re facing a problem that requires you to call a plumber urgently? Very simple – an emergency problem not only interferes with normal life and creates discomfort, but it also threatens the loss of property and promises costly repairs. A list of common problems that require immediate attention includes:
🔷 Clogged toilet. This problem creates discomfort due to the inability to use the toilet. This is especially unpleasant if there is only one toilet in the house. In addition, there is a risk that the waste of the toilet may spill onto the floor.
🔷 Burst pipes. In this case, there is a high risk of flooding the room, and in the future, there will be a large water bill.
🔷 Sump pump failure. A pump failure can threaten basement flooding and costly repairs.
🔷 Sewage backup. A broken sewer line means a flooded yard and a bad smell.
You can also urgently call a plumber if you don’t have hot water, your pipes leak, or your washing machine or dishwasher breaks down.
Emergency plumber services
The Almco Plumbing team is ready to provide you with the following emergency plumbing services:
🔷 clearing clogged pipes so you can use your toilet, sink, and shower again;
🔷 fixing the water heater – you will have a hot water at home;
How soon our master can arrive for an urgent call depends on whether there is a free plumber at the moment. We can usually arrive for an urgent call between 3 and 36 hours. Please note that we only answer urgent calls during business hours.
Emergency plumbing brief guide
Almco Plumbing responds to an emergency call during business hours only. If your problem happens at night, on weekends, or on holidays, we recommend that you take steps to temporarily resolve the problem. And then call a plumber as soon as possible. In order for you to deal with the emergency on your own, Almco Plumbing has prepared a small guide for you.
What to do if my pipes burst?
Turn off the water;
Call a plumber as soon as possible;
Remove water from the flooded area;
Drain any remaining water from the pipes.
If the pipe bursts due to frost, then it is recommended to turn on the heating and warm the room. Provide warm air circulation in the room.
What to do with leaking pipes?
Turn off the water;
Call a plumber as soon as possible;
Remove the remaining water from the pipe and dry it;
Purchase plumber’s putty;
Use the plumber’s putty to patch up the hole in the pipe.
If you don’t have a plumber’s putty on hand, you can use a pipe repair clamp, spray, or rubber tape. Please note that all this is a temporary solution and delaying the call of a specialist can result in high costs.
What to do if my sewer backup is broken?
Turn off the electricity in the flooded area. Do not touch the water unless you have turned off the electricity;
Turn off the water;
If you cannot turn off the water – then do not use the toilet, shower, sink, and other plumbing;
If you need to walk on water – put on a protective suit first;
Keep children and elderly relatives away from wastewater;
Call a plumber as soon as possible.
What to do if my drains are clogged?
Do not use plumbing where there are problems with the passage of water;
Call a plumber as soon as possible;
To solve the problem yourself, you can use baking soda with vinegar. However, this will damage the pipes and may not clear the blockage.
A clogged sink or shower with no water flow is not necessarily a problem that needs urgent attention. Especially if your house has several sinks. You can try to clean the pipes yourself – we wrote a detailed article about 5 ways to fix clogged drains.
Call Almco if you need a reliable emergency plumbing company
Almco Plumbing experts can fix your plumbing urgently. Contact us and get emergency plumbing services at affordable prices.
Please note that we only provide emergency plumbing services during business hours. If you contact us on a working day with an urgent call, we will immediately come to you.
We do not work at night, on holidays, and on weekends. If a breakdown occurs during this time, we recommend turning off the water and calling a plumber during business hours.
To call a plumber for emergency plumbing repair, fill out the form below. If you indicate that you have an emergency situation, then we will come to you in the first place.
How quickly do you arrive on an emergency call?
In the event of an emergency, your application becomes a priority for us. We will come to you as soon as possible. We can usually arrive for an urgent call between 3 and 36 hours after confirmation of the application.
How can I contact you for emergency plumbing?
To contact us and apply for emergency plumbing services, call (858) 293-4996 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also fill out the form on the Booking page.
What plumbing services do you provide for emergency cases?
The Almco Plumbing team is ready to help you clear clogged pipes, fix your water heater, repair plumbing to fix leaks, replace burst pipes and restore sewer lines.
Do you provide emergency plumbing for commercial buildings?
Yes, we have a commercial emergency plumbing service. We understand how expensive downtime due to plumbing failure can cost a business. Therefore, we immediately leave the call if there is a problem in the building.
Slab Leaks Repair in San Diego, CA.
Are you looking for a professional and honest slab leak repair specialist in San Diego? Almco plumbing is your best choice. Get in touch with us immediately at (858) 209-7214.
If you suspect a slab leak in your San Diego house, take immediate action by getting in touch with our licensed plumbing experts. Slab leaks can be fixed in no time by a member of Almco’s professional and pleasant staff.
What causes slab leaks?
Slab leak refers to any leak in a pipe positioned beneath the cement floor or foundation. These can result in major structural damage to the building and create an atmosphere that encourages the growth of toxic mold and mildew, which can be extremely harmful to you and your family.
The most common locations for slab leaks are bathrooms and kitchens, where plumbing lines run beneath. A slab leak also happens less frequently near exterior walls with footings that sit on top of slabs or crawl spaces that don’t have dirt packed up against their bases.
So many factors have been attributed to slab leaks. This includes soil shifting, the buildup of mineral deposits, poor construction, corrosion of the pipes, or simply years of wear and tear on existing pipelines.
How to detect a slab water leak?
As a homeowner, you can’t afford to disregard the importance of finding a leaky slab as soon as possible. It is difficult to notice a slab leak because there are no alarm systems to raise the alert. This often causes the leak to proceed to the point where the foundation begins to heave.
A slab leak can cause a lot of damage if not noticed on time. When there is a slab leak in a structure, you must know how to detect it before causing significant damage. Here are a few ways to detect a slab water leak
Some hot spots on the floor
In other cases, a spot does not necessarily imply a recent drop of dry paste. However, something as dangerous as a leaky slab could be the cause of the problem. Spots indicate that the hot water lines that run beneath the slab are either fractured or have holes in them. As a result of chemical processes on the pipe, heating tends to accelerate corrosion, leading to leaking pipes. On the other hand, a hot patch on the floor can indicate that your bathroom sink or shower is leaking near the slab. And to avoid more damage, you should address these minor issues as soon as feasible.
An increase in the water bill
Suppose you discover that your water bill has gone up unexpectedly; you may have a slab leak. The vast majority of slab leaks are invisible to the naked eye because they occur in the middle of the slabs. The higher your water bill, the more likely you have a slab leak in your home. As a result, you must keep an eye on how much water you use each month to spot any changes in your water bill.
Walls creaking with the sound of rushing water
An obvious sign of a slab leak in your home is the sound of water rushing through the walls and ceiling. Close all of the house’s running faucets and listen for any noises coming from the walls to see whether this is the issue. Look at the wall-mounted water meter to determine how much water is being used. There is a concealed source of running, which could be a slab leak if you observe the pointer moving at all.
Low water pressure
Low water pressure is sometimes caused by minerals buildup, clogged pipes, water leaks, and clogged valves. If all possible causes have been ruled out, a slab leak is the most likely explanation for low water pressure. To find out what’s causing your water pressure to drop:
🔹 Take a look at all of your home’s water outlets.
🔹 Run the water to find the places where the pressure is lower than usual.
🔹 Determine the characteristics of any low-pressure areas you may encounter.
🔹 For example, check to see if the location is near a slab. A slab near low-pressure water outlets could indicate an under-slab leak.
Another signs that help you to spot a slab leak:
🔹 cracks in floors or ceilings;
🔹 warped wood flooring;
🔹 musty smells where mold is not present;
🔹 exposed insulation due to deteriorated exterior wall surface or flooded crawl spaces;
🔹 high electric bills even when no additional appliances are in use;
🔹 wet spots on walls or floor where water does not seem to drain properly and causes paint discoloration (the slab edge);
🔹 dark patches on your yard where water pools after a rainstorm (water ponding at the slab edge).
Slab leak diagnostics with Almco plumbing
A professional diagnosis is necessary to determine the source and location of a slab leak. With the help of cutting-edge listening instruments, Almco Plumbing’s professional plumbers can handle any slab leak in San Diego, CA. To accomplish this, we’ll do the following:
🔹 Shut off the water supply to your home.
🔹 Get rid of the water that’s accumulated in your pipes by pumping air through it.
🔹 Listen to the sound of air escaping from damaged pipes.
However, it can be difficult to detect even with visible signs present due to its proximity below ground, behind walls and under floors. Professionals from Almco Plumbing use one or more of the following techniques:
🔹 Carbon dioxide testing;
🔹 Puddle testing;
🔹 Electromagnetic detection (EMT);
🔹 Ground microphones/microtunneling using small tubing underground and sensors inside it to locate changes in soil composition which indicate hydraulic contact between the concrete and earth beneath it;
🔹 Pressure transducers inserted into piers or footings;
🔹 Inspections of exterior wall surface for cracks and deteriorated areas;
🔹 Detailed assessment of ceilings, walls and floors.
Slab leak repair with Almco plumbing
Our plumbers have all the skills and knowledge they need to swiftly and appropriately find your slab leak. We are committed to providing you with the peace of mind that comes from knowing that your home’s foundation is no longer at risk because of slab leaks.
To repair your slab leak we use the cured-in-place-pipe lining (CIPP) method which involves inserting a fiberglass pipe through existing water lines in order to create an uninterrupted path from inside your home to the main sewer line on the street. It is a trenchless method, where a new pipe is inserted through an access hole in a slab or a sidewall of the building.
We use excavation only to expose existing service lines. We try not to use dry-out procedure. It has little chance of success because it is difficult for water that has penetrated the slab from the outside to escape without proper extraction equipment starting at the source below ground.
By calling (858) 209-7214 or contacting us online, you can get a free estimate for your San Diego home’s slab leak repair services.
Almcoplumbing – affordable slab leak repair in San Diego
Are you in search of an affordable slab leak repair in San Diego, CA?
Almco Plumbing provides an affordable slab leak repair cost. Our professionals use very sensitive technology that detects the sound of flowing water through walls to locate where the problem is, reducing the amount of cutting into the foundation.
Depending on the extent of the damage, we may conduct a spot repair to the area. And due to the extensive damage that may have occurred, it may be essential to conduct a water line repairs installation to replace the entire length of the pipe in question. You can rely on us to fix the slab leak swiftly and with as minor inconvenience to your house as possible—no matter what kind of leak it is.
Give us a call today and experience our top-notch slab leak repair service.
What is trenchless sewer repair and which method to choose?
So, you have found yourself having problems with the sewer. Your pipes are too old and you know it’s time to replace them. Or your sewer pipes have leaks and the whole yard is now flooded. The first thought that comes to mind in such a situation is a huge expense and the sight of a completely dug up yard. But what if we tell you that there is another solution to the problem? More budget, just as efficient and at the same time does not require excavation of the yard. We are talking about trenchless sewer repair and replacement. In this article, we will explain what it is, which method is best for sewer repair, and why the method is worth the money. After reading this article, you will know exactly what to do in case of a sewer leak.
🔷 What is trenchless sewer line repair
🔷 When do you need to do sewer line repair
🔷 Trenchless sewer repair vs trenched
🔷 Structural pipe lining or Cured-In-Place-Pipe Lining (CIPP)
🔷 Pipe bursting
🔷 Spray lining and brush coating
🔷 Slip lining
🔷 Trenchless sewer line repair stages
🔷 Does trenchless sewer repair worth its money
🔷 Choose trenchless sewer repair contractor in San Diego
What is trenchless sewer line repair?
Trenchless sewer repair is a minimally invasive way to fix sewer pipes. It does not require trenches to be dug. It is enough just to dig a small hole for access to the pipe. Next, the plumber uses epoxy to strengthen the pipe and seal the holes. As a result, you get a complete pipe and a clean yard.
This method does not require digging up the yard, tearing down walls, or digging under foundations. This is the main advantage of trenchless pipe repair. The homeowner saves a lot on the extra cost of restoring the yard and home.
When do you need to do sewer line repair?
Sewer leaks are one of the most common reasons why pipes need to be repaired. A rupture of a sewer pipe is easy to notice: because of it, puddles constantly form in the yard and in the house. However, there are also invisible leaks. You can determine the leaking sewer pipe by the following signs:
🔷 water bills have increased unreasonably;
🔷 you hear an unpleasant smell;
🔷 the lawn in the house is unusually green and fresh, although you do not water it;
🔷 dampness is felt in the house and in the yard;
🔷 mold appeared on the walls;
🔷 there are often animals in the yard;
🔷 you hear gurgling from pipes;
🔷 water stagnates in the sink and does not pass through the pipes;
🔷 the water level in the toilet bowl is not constant.
It is also worth thinking about replacing sewer pipes if they are very old. The average service life of pipes is 50-100 years. However, it may be shortened due to poor quality material or careless use. Specifically, according to the service life of the pipe, depending on the material:
🔷 hardened clay pipes – from 50 years;
🔷 cast iron pipes – from 75 years;
🔷 PVC pipes – from 100 years.
Check the documents you received when you bought the house to find out the exact age of your pipes. If the service life has already expired, it is better to replace them before a problem occurs.
We recommend sewer line replacement if you have lead pipes. Lead can release toxic substances into the water, which can be detrimental to health in the long run. The use of lead in the laying of modern sewers is prohibited. However, in older areas, lead pipes may remain in the sewers.
Trenchless sewer repair vs trenched
Traditional trenched sewer repair methods require extensive excavation. For this routine, excavators are used, which dig the earth in large portions. As a result, your yard, lawn, garden, driveway, walls may be destroyed. After the work is completed, you will have to spend money and time on restoration.
Trenchless repair of sewer pipes is the same effective method. At the same time, in the long run, it comes out cheaper, since it is done carefully. Its key difference from the traditional sewer line repair is minimally invasive. To access the pipe, you need to dig a small hole. As a result, sewer repair is several times faster, and your territory will be easier to clean.
In the table below, you can compare trench and trenchless sewer repair methods according to 4 criteria: accuracy, cost, duration and additional costs:
Trench sewer line repair
Trenchless sewer line repair
$170- $250 per linear foot
$130-$200 per linear foot
Time to do
Additional expenses for yard and house recovering
No additional expenses
Unfortunately, trenchless pipe repair is not always possible. The method cannot be used if the pipes lie at an angle or deformed.
Trenchless sewer line repair methods
Structural pipe lining or Cured-In-Place-Pipe Lining (CIPP)
The plumber creates a new pipe inside the old one. Before the procedure, he carries out hydro-jetting to clean the pipe. The new pipe is created using a felt pad soaked with epoxy resin. The soaked liner is inserted into the old pipe and then inflated. After a few hours, the resin solidifies in the form of a tube. Then the plumber removes the liner, and the pipe becomes like new due to a new durable layer of epoxy.
CIPP pros and cons
Advantages of structural pipe lining (CIPP):
🔷 The speed of work. The whole procedure takes from 2 to 3 days, taking into account the time for solidification of the epoxy resin.
🔷 Minimally invasive. The procedure does not require major excavations. Plumbers need access to the pipe, which they can find through a manhole or by digging a small hole.
🔷 Low cost of work. Due to the fact that the procedure is fast and does not require excavation, its cost is 20-30% lower than that of the trench method.
🔷 Long service life. A new epoxy resin pipe will last 50 years or more.
The disadvantages of the method are associated with conditions that limit the possibilities of its application. Among them:
🔷 CIPP can only be applied to strong pipes. If the pipe is so brittle that hydro-jetting could damage it, the plumber will suggest another trenchless repair technique.
🔷 The method only works with straight pipes. If the pipe is dented or otherwise distorted, it will be difficult to lay a layer of epoxy.
🔷 As a result of adding a new layer of epoxy, the diameter of the pipe is slightly reduced. Because of this, the method is not carried out on pipes of small diameter.
🔷 It takes 1 day for the resin to cue. The curing process can be accelerated with UV learning.
Cured-In-Place-Pipe Lining (CIPP) is a complex procedure and not all contractors undertake it. The experts at Almco Plumbing are masters of this technique. To order CIPP trenchless sewer repair leave your contacts in the feedback form or call (858) 293-4996.
The old pipe is pulled out using a winch with a bursting head. The burst head destroys the old pipe and makes way for the new one. A new high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipe is placed in place of the old pipe. This technique is commonly used to replace pipes in lateral sewer lines.
Pipe bursting benefits and disadvantages
Benefits of pipe bursting:
🔷 This is the cheapest method of all trenchless pipe repair and replacement techniques.
🔷 There is no need to dig the yard to replace pipes. Two 4×4 pits are required to reach the goals.
🔷 The work is done during the day.
🔷 The new HDPE pipes are very strong, non-corrosive and rust resistant.
🔷 The service life of HDPE pipes is 50-100 years. During this period, you will no longer have to worry about sewer leaks.
🔷 Method that does not involve the use of chemicals. Replaceable HDPE pipes are environmentally friendly.
The disadvantages of the method are caused by limitations in its application:
🔷 The length of the new pipe must be greater than 15 feet.
🔷 The technique cannot be used if the pipe has a slope.
🔷 The method does not work if the old pipes are already destroyed.
Spray lining and brush coating
The method is similar to CIPP, only it does not require the use of a felt pad. In this case, a layer of epoxy resin is sprayed onto the inner walls of the pipe. The resin can also be applied with a brush. Before coating with resin, the pipe is also cleaned of blockages using hydro-jetting. It takes 1 day for the resin to cue.
The advantage of the method over CIPP is the ability to use different types of resins. So, in addition to epoxy, a plumber can make a coating using a flexible polymer. That is why spay lining and brush coating works well for sewer repairs in multi-story buildings.
Trenchless sewer repair with spray lining is effective in cases where pipes are not sealed tightly. This technique is also handy for restoring pipes that are vertical.
Spray lining pros and cons
Advantages of sewer repair with spray lining:
🔷 Work completion time. It is possible to repair the sewer in 2 days, taking into account the drying time of the resin. The working time can be accelerated to several hours if UV rays are applied to speed up the curing of the resin.
🔷 Minimally invasive. To access the pipe, it is enough to have a plug, a vent or a sewer manhole. The work uses flexible materials, so large-scale excavation is not required.
🔷 Cost reduction. Compared to traditional repair methods, less man-hours are spent on the procedure. This greatly reduces the cost of work.
Disadvantages of the method:
🔷 Durability. The materials used have a warranty for only 15 years.
🔷 The need to wait for the resin to harden.
🔷 The recovery method is suitable for small pipes, from 1.5 to 6 inches in diameter.
In this case, the new pipe is inserted into the old one. The gap between the pipes is filled with cement mortar.
Slip lining pros and cons
Advantages of slip lining:
🔷 The durability of the pipe is increased by 50-100 years.
🔷 You don’t have to dig up the entire yard to fix the pipe.
🔷 The cost of the method is relatively inexpensive. The price will depend on the length of the pipe being laid.
The method has disadvantages, including:
🔷 Bandwidth limitation. Due to the fact that the new pipe is inserted into the old one, the diameter of the pipe decreases.
🔷 The method is not suitable for small diameter pipes. The technique can only be applied to large diameter pipes.
🔷 The method works on straight pipes. If there is a bend in the water supply, replacement will be very difficult.
🔷 Slip lining does not work if the old pipe is damaged or deformed.
🔷 The method requires excavation and small destruction of the area around the house is possible.
Which trenchless sewer pipe repair method is better?
Before choosing a trenchless repair technique, the plumber will conduct a camera inspection of the pipes. He will assess the current condition of the pipes and choose the best technique for your sewer pipes repair.
CIPP is suitable for leaky pipes located horizontally at great depths. Spray lining is good at fixing leaky pipe connections as well as vertical pipes. Pipe bursting is suitable for replacing old worn out pipes. Slip lining is an inexpensive alternative to the trench method for repairing sewer leaks.
от 15 years
от 50 years
For large pipes
For pipes more than 15 inches
For small pipes
For large pipes
Time to do
How does trenchless sewer repair work?
The standard procedure for trenchless repair and replacement of sewer pipes includes the following steps:
Step 1. Pipe camera inspection. The plumber holds an HD camera inside the sewer line. With its help, he inspects the pipe. Based on what he saw, he evaluates the strength of the pipe, the degree of its destruction. Sewer camera inspection helps the plumber find leaks and other damage. Based on the results of the inspection, the specialist chooses a method and announces the time and cost of the work.
Step 2. Hydro-jetting of sewer lines. Before carrying out work, the plumber must clean the pipe from blockages and growths. So he will increase the throughput of the pipe and make room for the installation of a new pipe.
Step 3. Repair or replacement of the sewer pipe. A plumber repairs sewer lines using one of his chosen methods. He can create a new pipe shell with epoxy, completely replace an old pipe, or insert a new pipe inside an old one.
Step 4. Re-inspection with a sewer camera. The plumber makes sure that the quality of the work is done. This means that the pipes are tightly connected, there are no breaks in them, the material is firmly attached, and the throughput is good.
Main question: does trenchless sewer repair worth its money?
The cost of trenchless and traditional repair is about the same. Trenchless repairs will cost an average of $130-200 per linear foot. Trenching the pipe costs $175-$250 per linear foot. In this case, you will have additional expenses for the restoration of the house and yard.
Trenchless sewer line repair worth its money. This method of repairing sewer leaks has tangible benefits:
🔷 you will solve sewage problems for the next 50-100 years;
🔷 you will not spend money on yard restoration, tiling, wall restoration and other side work;
🔷 you will solve the problem within 1-3 days.
Trenchless pipe repair is most beneficial if the damaged pipe is located at great depths. You will also benefit from this procedure if the pipe is located shallow but under valuable points: pool, driveway, garden.
You can use the traditional sewer repair method if the pipe is shallow and there is nothing of value above it.
Choose trenchless sewer repair contractor in San Diego
Almco Plumbing is a plumbing company with 10 years of experience in doing trenchless sewer repair. We quickly and efficiently carry out our work. This is confirmed by the reviews of hundreds of people on Facebook, Google and our site, whom we helped solve their problems.
The quality of the work of plumbers from Almco Plumbing was highly appreciated by third-party experts. We are in the TOP 10 companies in San Diego according to Yelp. According to Expertise, we are in the TOP 29 best plumbing contractors in San Diego.
Our specialists are proficient in all trenchless sewer repair techniques. After this procedure, the pipes will last you 50-100 years. We guarantee a neat job.
To call a plumber from Almco Plumbing, fill in the contact details on the Booking page. You can also call (858) 293-4996 to book a sewer line repair in San Diego.
Trenchless sewer line repair and replacement is a minimally invasive way to solve a leaky sewer problem for the next 50 years. It is carried out without large-scale excavation, which increases its convenience and reduces the cost.
Repair of sewer pipes is carried out if they are leaking or worn-out.
Sewer repair with trench digging takes from several days to a week. At the same time, it entails the destruction of walls, digging up the lawn and damage to property. Because of this, the homeowner expects additional expenses after the completion of the work.
Trenchless sewer repair is gentle. It conducts without excavation and takes several days. Its cost of carrying out is lower, mainly due to the lack of additional costs for restoring the house.
There are four trenchless sewer repair techniques: structural pipe lining (CIPP), pipe bursting, spray lining and slip lining.
CIPP involves creating a new pipe shell using felt and epoxy. It takes 2-3 days to complete. The service life of such a pipe is 50-100 years.
Pipe bursting is used to destroy an old pipe and immediately lay a new pipe in its place. The new pipe is made from high density polyethylene (HDPE) and lasts 50-100 years.
In spray lining, the plumber creates a new pipe sheath using epoxy or flexible polymers.
Slip lining requires some excavation. As a result of this technique, a new one is installed inside the old pipe.
The plumber selects the best trenchless pipe restoration method based on a camera inspection assessment of the sewer condition. CIPP is suitable for leaky pipes located horizontally at great depths. Spray lining is good at fixing leaky pipe connections as well as vertical pipes. Pipe bursting is suitable for replacing old worn out pipes. Slip lining is an inexpensive alternative to the trench method for repairing sewer leaks.
Trenchless sewer repair is usually carried out in four stages: camera inspection, hydro-jetting, direct replacement or repair, and evaluation of the quality of work.
Trenchless sewer repair worth its money. So you will not only eliminate the leak, but also extend the life of the pipes by another 50-100 years. What’s more, you’ll save on the cost of restoring your home and yard.
Plumbers from Almco Plumbing carry out trenchless sewer line repair with all methods. If you need to repair sewer pipes – leave us a request. We provide services in all areas of San Diego.
5 ways to fix clogged drain
Clogged pipes bring down the usual rhythm of life. You can no longer comfortably take a shower or do a quick wash of dishes without being up to your elbows in stagnant water. Clogs in pipes happen all the time. They are formed by hair, fat, pieces of food and other things that gradually get inside the pipe. You can get rid of the blockage on your own or call a plumber. From our article, you will learn about 5 easy ways to clear pipes, their effectiveness, benefits and harms to pipes. With Almco Plumbing, you can unclog pipes in no time.
Cleaning pipes with chemicals that contain sodium chloride is the most popular way to get rid of clogs. Pipe cleaners can be bought at any store. Its use is very simple: just pour the substance into the drain, wait, and then rinse with water. Instructions for each chemical are indicated on the packaging.
Buying the chemical is optional. You can create a solution yourself, using soda, vinegar and hot water. Guide for using soda to clean a drain is simple:
Pour a pot of boiling water down the drain – this will create optimal conditions for a chemical reaction.
Pour in 1 glass of soda mixed with water;
Immediately pour in a glass of vinegar solute;
Wait 10-15 minutes for the reaction between the blockage and the poured solute to take place;
Flush the drain with plenty of hot water.
How does it work?
Baking soda and vinegar react well with each other. During the reaction they create bubbles of carbon dioxide. This breaks down the blockage, making it friable. Boiling water, with which you wash off the blockage, creates the necessary pressure. Under its impact the softened blockage breaks through and water passes freely into the space. This method is suitable for removing small blockages.
Pros and cons of using soda for drain cleaning
Benefits of using chemicals with baking soda to clean drains:
🔷 the procedure takes no more than 15 minutes;
🔷 ease of implementation: the instruction includes 5 simple steps;
🔷 leaves no mess after application;
🔷 the cheapest way to clean pipes out of the existing ones.
The disadvantages of the procedure include:
🔷 harm to pipes. Regular use of chemicals corrodes pipes, leading to leaks. Subsequently, it may be necessary to replace the pipe;
🔷 the need for regular use, since the effectiveness of the method is low;
🔷 inability to clear large blockages.
Remember that pipe cleaning chemicals should be used with care. The stronger the substance, the more it damages the pipes.
Cleaning drain with a plunger
Safe for pipes
For small blockages
To successfully unclog pipes with a plunger, it is enough to follow these instructions:
Examine the drain hole. If you see a blockage close to the drain, remove part of it with tweezers. That way you make your job easier.
Close the overflow hole in the sink to create a seal. To do this, use a wet cloth.
Position the plunger perpendicular and make sure it fits snugly around the drain hole.
Pour in some water so that it covers the plunger by one third.
Rotate the plunger in an even up and down motion. Push as hard as you can. Make sure that the plunger is always sealed to the surface.
Every eight strokes, check how well the water flows. If it continues to stagnate, repeat the steps.
You will feel when the blockage breaks through, because you have to put in less effort to create pressure.
Once the clog is clear, flush the drain with hot water.
For effective cleaning, keep the plunger clean. Make sure there are no cracks in it. Do not use petroleum jelly on the plunger. Replace the tool if necessary.
How does it work?
When the rubber cup of the tool is pressed against the drain hole, pressure is built up. Pushing the arm up and down moves this pressure down the drain. Under pressure, the blockage is pushed down.
After using the plunger, the surroundings may be a little dirty. During cleaning, drops of dirty water may scatter to the side. For this reason, wear gloves when using the plunger. After the procedure, the room will have to be tidied up.
There are different types of plungers that fit certain drains. For example, flat-cup plungers are best for clearing blockages in bathroom sinks, while plungers with a funnel at the bottom are best for clearing blockages in the toilet.
Pros and cons of using plunger to clear drains
Advantages of using a plunger for blockages:
🔷 it is an inexpensive method of solving the problem;
🔷 it is safe for pipes;
🔷 it’s an inexpensive tool.
The disadvantages of the method include:
🔷 applying a plunger requires intensity;
🔷 hands may fatigue after using it;
🔷 the plunger copes with small blockages;
🔷 you need to choose the right plunger for your drain, otherwise there will be no effect;
🔷 after using it, there is a mess that needs to be cleaned up.
To snake a clogged drain you need to follow these simple steps:
Insert the end of the snake into the drain hole.
Turn the handle on the drum so that the auger begins to move along the drain. If you feel resistance and this is not a turn of the siphon, then you have reached a blockage;
Keep turning the auger until it attaches to the blockage. If the blockage is soft, the auger will unravel or destroy it. If the blockage is solid, the auger will tangle in it and you get the end of the snake along with the blockage;
When you feel that the auger runs freely along the entire length of the pipe, it means that you have managed to eliminate the blockage;
Finally, rinse the drain with hot water.
After using the auger, rinse it thoroughly to remove debris from the drain. Do not leave the cable wet so that it does not rust.
If you feel that the auger is stuck, stop turning it any further. style turning the cable in the opposite direction and gradually pull the auger out of the drain.
Pros and cons of using drain auger
Main advantage of unclogging drain with a snake is that it can clear blockages that chemicals and a plunger could not remove
Disadvantages of using drain snake:
🔷 it is not a cheap tool to buy, but it can be rented;
🔷 it clears blockages located at a depth of 15-25 feet;
🔷 the use of this tool requires caution and skill;
🔷 improper use of the tool can aggravate the blockage.
Take apart a drain trap
May be unsafe for pipes
For any blockages
The drain trap is a pipe in the shape of a loop, similar to the letter P. It is located under the sink. This loop in the pipe is there to hold some standing water. Its presence in the pipe prevents the ingress of gasses from the sewer. However, a blockage can accumulate in this place, which prevents the water from passing through.
To remove this blockage, you need to disassemble the siphon. We recommend that you prepare a bucket and rags in advance, since when taking apart the system, you will need to drain the rest of the water somewhere. This guide works as a good guide for cleaning the sink drain.
Trap disassembly guide:
First you need to remove the curved element of the siphon. To do this, on both sides of the pipe you need to unscrew the two nuts. Use pliers if nuts are tight. When you remove this element, drain the water from it into a bucket.
Carefully inspect the removed part of the pipe. If there is a blockage, remove it with your hands in gloves.
Inspect the rest of the pipe: make sure that there are no foreign objects in any part of the siphon.
When you clear the blockage, screw the siphon back. Make sure you tighten the nuts tightly so water doesn’t leak through them.
Pros and cons of using drain auger
The advantage of the method is that it can be used to fix any blockage that is located close to the drain. Even if you dropped a foreign object into the sewer, you can solve this problem yourself.
However, the method also has disadvantages. This is not as simple a procedure as fixing a drain with soda. After it, a mess may remain and you will need cleaning. In addition, you may experience leaks if you loosely tighten the nuts.
Call a plumber for clogged drains
Only your phone
Safe for pipes
For any blockages
Calling a plumber is the easiest way to clear pipes. You don’t need anything other than a phone. A short guide on how to call a plumber from Almco Plumbing in San Diego:
Fill out the feedback form. You need to indicate the desired date of arrival of the plumber, your name, phone number, time of arrival of the specialist, email and the required service. You can optionally describe the problem.
Click the Send button and wait for our specialists to contact you to clarify the details.
You can also book a plumber by calling (858) 282-0272.
How does it work??
You might be wondering: Why is calling a plumber to clean pipes a good idea? The thing is that all the methods above required the purchase of special tools, harmed the pipes, took a lot of time, or left a lot of dirt behind.
An experienced plumber will cope with the problem in 15 minutes. It will do a neat job – and you don’t even have to spend time cleaning. At the same time, your pipes are guaranteed safety, which will increase their service life.
Before cleaning the pipes, the master evaluates the size of the blockage and its location using a camera. If the blockage can be removed in a simple way, he does this by carefully cleaning the drain in the pipe. If the blockage is severe, the plumber can apply hydro-jetting.
🔷 the house will remain in order after the completion of the procedure;
🔷 you don’t need to buy any tools.
Another non-obvious advantage of this method: if there is a more serious problem with your pipes, you will immediately know about it. And you can prevent more serious damage and save money.
Among the disadvantages of the method, one can single out only the cost. Calling a plumber will cost more than cleaning pipes yourself. At the same time, after plumbing, your pipes will serve you longer without blockages and you are guaranteed safe cleaning.
When to call a plumber for a clogged drain
Remember that not every pipe can be cleaned on its own. Sometimes foreign objects get into the pipes or growths form in them. If you have gone through all the ways of fixing clogged drains and they did not work, then it’s time to turn to a plumber.
What is the best way to clear clogged drains
You can use all of the methods above to clean your shower drain, bathtub drain, or sink drain. In the table below, we summarized the effectiveness of each of the pipe cleaning methods. With the help of this table, it will be easier for you to decide how to get rid of the blockage in the pipe.
Not safe for pipes
Safe for pipes
May be unsafe for pipes
May be unsafe for pipes
Safe for pipes
Only for small blockages
For small blockages
For small and middle blockages
For any blockages
For any blockages
Using chemicals with baking soda is an easy, fast, and cheap way to clean up a small blockage. However, this method harms the pipes, and therefore you should not use it regularly.
Cleaning with a plunger is safe for pipes and helps with small blockages. However, for the procedure to be effective, strength is needed.
Drain snaking is effective against tough blockages. But this time-consuming procedure requires caution.
You can remove the blockage manually by disassembling the siphon. In this way, you unclog the drain, but after the procedure, the room will remain a mess.
Calling a plumber is the perfect balance between price, time and quality. The cost of drain cleaning in San Diego is low. This way you are guaranteed to get rid of the blockage without any effort.
Hydro-jetting cost at San Diego
What is hydro-jetting and is it worth its money?
Hydro-jetting is a process of using water pressure to clean sewer and drains. The procedure unclogs slow or stopped up drain by forcing high water pressure through the piping system. It uses less than half as much water as traditional cleaning methods, but still leaves your pipes completely functional with no damage done to them.
The success of hydro-jetting largely depends on where the blockage is located in the line. If it is near an access point (e.g., a manhole), then plumber can clean the pipe and make sure the clog does not reoccur. Otherwise, the procedure can be used to clear clogs deeper inside the plumbing system
Hydro-jetting is the best when it comes to clear a stopped up sewer line. The procedure can save you from thousands of dollars in repairs when compared with sewer relining or digging up your whole sewer system. The prices are established by each company regardless of where you live in San Diego. The cost of hydro-jetting is determined by the length and diameter of pipe to be cleaned.
What is included in the hydro-jetting price?
Hydro-jetting price includes:
🔹 service fee;
Price also includes video inspection of the sewer line with a camera.
The bigger the diameter of your plumbing system – the higher hydro-jetting price is going to be.
How is the hydro-jetting price formed?
The cost of hydro-jetting varies depending on what type of pipe you have. For example the price differs for polybutylene or clay pipes. In general, hydro-jets generally use 1/4 inch to 2 inches water pressure, which costs from $150 to $400 respectively. Your average cost can range from $150-$500 per hour. It will consist of the hydro-jetting service fee plus equipment, supplies and camera inspection of the sewer line.
Average cost of hydro-jetting in San Diego
Hydro-jetting price in San Diego will be set on a case by case basis depending on factors mentioned above. To get an exact price you need to invite our specialist. The exact price can only be called after a thorough inspection of the blockage by a plumber.
The average cost for hydro-jetting in San Diego is $150-$500 per hour with 2 hours minimum labor charge applied.
Book a hydro-jetting with Almco Plumbing
Hydro-jetting costs in San Diego may seem a bit steep, but this method is one of the most affordable and effective for sewer line clog clearing. If you want to get hydro jet prices just fill out a quick form on top of that page or call 18582097214. We will provide you with complete information on our hydro-jetting cost at San Diego within 24 hours. We have the best plumbing professionals who have more than 10 year experience in it.
5 signs you need a drain cleaning services in San Diego, CA.
Each homeowner experience clogged drains at some point, which as a result makes professional drain cleaning an essential service in San Diego, CA. That is why it is crucial for homeowners to schedule a regular drain cleaning service. And this can be possible if you are familiar with signs of clogged drains. You may avoid expensive repairs caused by clogged drains if you pay attention to signals that warn you to make a drain cleaning in your San Diego home.
It’s best to avoid DIY solutions like draino, as these cleansers can damage the pipes they’re supposed to fix. Call a plumber immediately if you notice anything off with your drains. For decades,Almco plumbing services have been removing clogs from drains. Our drain cleaning service is a top-notch service. Give us a call, (858) 209-7214.
What causes drain clogs?
Clogged drains and pipes may appear to be a minor task at first, but they can quickly evolve into severe issues if not addressed. A clogged drain can result in floods, slow water drainage, corrosive corrosion, and, in extreme cases, sewage backup and expensive repairs. But all this can be avoided by identifying the causes. Clogged drains can occur for various reasons, but some of the most common causes of a clogged drain are here.
The buildup of toilet papers
Clogged drains can occur if you use too much toilet paper in your bathroom. Use a plunger to move and dissolve some toilet paper if water is still flowing through when you flush the toilet. However, if your toilet fills up and does not drain, you must call a plumber.
Some homeowners are using a drain to remove debris. However, excess dirt from yourself and your clothes, might accumulate and cause problems in your drains. Before washing your clothes and body, remove any extra mud by shaking or rinsing them outside the drain.
Because of its ability to bind with oil and other sticky things, hair is one of the most common causes of drain blockages.
Small objects can cause problems if they get into your plumbing system. In your bathroom, only water and human waste should be flushed away. The trash, recycling bins, or compost should dispose of any other object. Suppose any foreign substance has found its way into your plumbing system and is causing problems; you will almost certainly require expert assistance to remove it and restore your plumbing system to normal operation.
You may be baffled as to how soap might clog your pipes. On the other hand, conventional soap bars are fat or grease. Soap scum forms when fat in soap reacts with water’s minerals, resulting in a hard deposit that discolors bathroom fixtures and clogs pipes.
When it comes to food waste, never flush it down the toilet, even if you have a garbage disposal in your sink. It is better to arrange a composting pile to dispose of food waste instead of throwing it away. To a greater extent, this applies to non-biodegradable trash such as tea and coffee grounds. A clog can be caused by other things such as grease or oil that harden in the pipes. Use paper towels to soak up oil instead, then dispose of it in the garbage.
Buildup of minerals
Drains can quickly become clogged when minerals dissolve in hard water, solidify, and form intractable masses. If you live somewhere where hard water is an issue, you may want to consider putting a water softener in your home. If this isn’t a possibility, you’ll have to descale and clean the system regularly. Once a mineral buildup blockage has formed, it can be difficult to dislodge. So if your drains and pipes no longer seem to be flowing, call a professional drain cleaning service.
Tree roots are attracted to even the tiniest holes or leaks in your underground pipes. Roots of trees can quickly grow in your pipes, impeding water flow and causing damage to your pipes. And they can result in rooter service, pressure jet cleaning, trenchless repair, or even excavation may be necessary to remove tree roots from pipes. Examine the roots of your trees and plants to avoid a costly and time-consuming repair.
Drains can get clogged for various reasons and the best way of preventing this is to keep them clear. Avoid putting anything down the drain that you shouldn’t, and don’t try to remove clogged drains with extra chemicals or things. Call Almco Plumbing if your clogged drains become an emergency and require the services of an experienced plumber.
Signs that pipes require drain cleaning
Most San Diego homeowners do not realize how essential drains cleaning is until they experience damaged clogged pipes beyond repair. Even if your drains are working correctly, you should maintain them regularly to avoid potential pipe damage. Here are signs that pipes require drain cleaning.
A slow drain in your sinks indicates a clog in your pipe due to the buildup of various particles. Your kitchen, bathroom, and washing machine drains must all be checked for water drainage speed. If the trend of slow draining is the same in all of these pipes locations, you should immediately seekprofessional drain cleaning service in San Diego, CA.
When a foul odor begins to permeate your home, check the pipes. This scent is caused by the accumulation of waste in the pipes. You should call a plumber as soon as you notice a foul gas smell from the drains.
Gurgling noises from the pipes
As soon as a drain is clogged, its neighbors are affected. A buildup in the drain forces water to take a different path and pass through smaller gaps. This results in gurgling noises coming from the piping. The pipes need drain cleaning whenever you hear an unusual noise after flushing a toilet or draining a sink.
Is there anything worse than having to wait for the water to drain? It’s like the water isn’t going anywhere! Suppose you discover that the water in your sink, shower, or washing machine is not draining correctly. In that case, you need aplumber in San Diego, CA, to address the problem of water accumulation, which can pose a health hazard to your family.
Presence of numerous clogs
Pipe cleaning in San Diego becomes necessary when more than one of your toilets becomes blocked simultaneously. When a clog in your sewage drain occurs, many clogs occur. If you find a lot of clogs in your toilet, it is likely because they are directly connected to the sewer. Your toilet won’t flush appropriately if your sewer drain is blocked, so you’ll need to fix it. Look for symptoms of multiple toilet clogs to see if your pipes are working correctly.
What happens if you ignore these signs?
If you ignore the above signs for pipe drain cleaning, you risk more damage to the plumbing system. Over time, the blockage may get worse and harder to remove. Because of this, the drain pipe’s ability to remove water diminishes with time. And this can lead to flooding and nasty stagnant water are possible.
When you finally decide to get a repair, the cost may be substantially more than if you had contacted a professional drain cleaning services sooner. As opposed to paying for a costly repair later, it’s wiser to invest in an inexpensive drain fix today.
In your San Diego, CA, home, do you have a clogged drainpipe? To prevent further damage, you should get your drains checked out by a professional. Make an appointment withAlmco Plumbing service today to have your drains maintained.
Call a drain cleaning service in San Diego for assistance
In San Diego, Almco Plumbing is the most popular drain cleaning service. Whether you have a blockage or need a new drain line, our plumbers are here to help. Using ourdrain snaking or hydro-jetting services, you can get your pipes back to normal in no time.
Our plumbers are well-versed in using cutting-edge drain cleaning technology, and they can identify and remove clogs rapidly. This is why we’re the go-to drain cleaning company in San Diego, CA, and the surrounding areas: our services are of the highest quality. Contact us on (858) 209-7214
San Diego Plumbing Contractors
One of the most difficult things to find is reputable San Diego plumbing contractors.
One that will show up on time, do quality work, and then leave after being paid a fair amount for their services. Instead, many of the plumbing contractors San Diego has are fly-by-night operations or large corporate entities that care little for the plight of the ordinary man whose basement is flooded or the woman whose bathtub is leaking. Fortunately, there’s Almco Plumbing.
With over 35 years experience as one of the premier plumbing contractors San Diego offers, we’ve earned a reputation as one of the best San Diego plumbing contractors, and one that operates at a reasonable and fair price. Not only that, but Almco Plumbing does what your average contractor seems unable to do – show up any time of day or night to help clients get their problems fixed and their homes back into shape.
From drains and slab leaks to sinks, toilets and disposals, we are the company of choice. With a commitment to hiring and training the best staff – ones that know what it takes to be successful and offer exceptional value and service at a fair price – Almco Plumbing has risen to stand head and shoulders above an “ordinary” San Diego plumbing contractor.
When you call us to fix a problem or get an estimate, we send you one of our best team members – not a salesman. We want to fix your problem, not sell you an expensive solution. We’re some of the best plumbing contractors the city has to offer – and it shows.
For more information or to schedule an appointment with one of our San Diego plumbing contractors, please call us at Almco Plumbing (858) 209-7214.
11 tips on how to find a good plumber in San Diego
If you are on this page, then you are looking for a plumber you can trust. We will help you with this. In this article, you will find a list of questions, asking which, you will understand whether the plumber in front of you is a good one or not. What’s more, we’ve provided a list of criteria to help you find a reliable plumber in San Diego on your own. After reading our article, you will easily be able to distinguish a good plumbing contractor from a mediocre one. As a result, when hiring a plumber, you will make the right decision that you will be satisfied with.
🔷 Questions to ask a plumber
🔷 Tips to choose a plumber
🔷 Quick trick to find a good plumber
🔷 A plumbing company you can hire
10 questions to ask when calling a plumber
To find a great plumbing company you need to spend some time searching and gathering information. One of the best ways is to contact a representative of the company and ask him questions. Or you can find all the necessary information about the plumbing contractor on the Internet. So that you know what to look for when choosing a reputable plumber, we offer you a list of 10 questions that you have to ask before you hire a plumber.
Does the company have a license to provide plumbing services in the area? Is this license only for residential buildings or for commercial buildings too?
How long has the plumber been working with the contractor? Does the company have the relevant experience to solve my particular problem quickly and clearly?
What are feedbacks from people who have used the services? Are they satisfied with the prices, the result, the attitude to them? Does the company have awards from independent experts?
How do plumbers do their job? Do they do it carefully and conscientiously?
Where does the contractor work? Does it provide plumbing services near me?
How much do plumbing services cost in my area? Does the company overcharge? Does the contractor change the quoted price after completion of the work?
What do my family and friends think about the company? Maybe they used its services and could tell me their impression of the contractor?
Is the plumber ready for my emergency call?
Is there a warranty for a plumber’s work?
Is there a service I need on the company list?
If you are satisfied with these 10 questions – so you’re looking at a good plumbing company. You’ll probably be pleased with its work.
How to choose a plumber – 11 simple tips
But what if you want to study this topic better and find out exactly what answer you want to get from a contractor? For this case we have prepared a list of 11 criteria that you should pay attention to when hiring a plumber. We have described each criterion in detail so that you understand what it means and how to check it. Using this information, you will become an expert in choosing a good plumbing contractor.
Check the plumbing company’s license
First of all, you should check if there is a license to provide plumbing services in your area. The license gives the company the legal right to provide specific services. For example, there are licenses to provide only residential plumbing or only commercial plumbing.
Customers often ask how to find out if a plumber is licensed. Contractors with a license usually place the license on the site: in the navigation, at the bottom of the page, or in the “About us” section.
You can also find a license on special sites like BlueBook or Build Zoom. You can also look up the company in online directories like Yelp or BBB and find the license there.
For example, the Almco Plumbing license is located at the very bottom of our website. License #1045495 gives us the right to provide services in residential and commercial buildings in San Diego. The same license is listed on our Build Zoom page. Before placing us in its directory, the company confirmed our license.
Check the contractor’s experience
You should trust your work to a company that provides services for 5 years or more. Older companies tend to hire the best plumbers because they can give them clients. They also work longer with their plumbers: so if the company opened 10 years ago, it may still have plumbers that have been with it from the very beginning. That means that company has a plumber with 10 years of experience. Also, in the old companies, all processes are established: from accepting a client’s request to working techniques. Therefore, when contacting a company that has been on the market for a long time, you can expect a quick response, a fixed price, the availability of modern equipment for inspecting and repairing pipes, and prompt work.
Almco Plumbing has been working since 2010. We have plumbers with 5+ years of experience. During our work, we have completed more than 1,000 cases. For these reasons, you can trust our expertise and professionalism.
Check reviews about plumbing contractor on the Internet
Reading reviews is a good way to get an impression of a company. Typically, companies post customer reviews about themselves on their website. However, there may be bias, because what company would publish bad reviews about itself? Therefore, you can turn to independent sources. Look for testimonials from real customers on external websites such as Google Business, Yelp, Facebook, Homeadvisor, BBB, or Porch. These portals moderate reviews, creating an objective platform for assessing the work of the plumbing company.
Customers love to write reviews. They evaluate the punctuality of the plumber, the accuracy of his work, describe the impression of communicating with consultants and plumbers and review the prices for plumbing services. From reviews, you can learn a lot of valuable information in order to make a decision about hiring a plumber.
For example, the Almco Plumbing website has a Reviews page with testimonials from our customers. For greater objectivity, we have uploaded actual reviews from Yelp, Facebook, and Google Business to the site. Our Google rating is 5 stars, Facebook is 5 stars, and Yelp is 5 stars. We are highly appreciated by our clients because of our professionalism, punctuality, efficiency, courtesy, friendliness, and high quality of work.
Find real plumbing cases of company
Blindly booking plumbing services is risky, as it can be expensive. It is better to see once than hear 100 times. If you have the opportunity to personally look at the results of the work of plumbers – do it. Some companies post photos of their work on social networks or on their website. However, such information can be difficult to find, as most contractors limit themselves to reviews.
Almco Plumbing operates in an open and transparent manner. You can be sure that the positive feedback about our professionalism is well-deserved. Take a look at our completed projects in the Our cases section. There we describe the client’s problem and steps to solve it. We also attach photos before and after the work of our plumbers. We confirm the work done with a review from the client.
Find a local plumber
If you are looking for a plumber – choose someone who works in your area. This is important because a plumber working near you will be on call sooner. But there is another non-obvious advantage of having a plumbing company located near you.
Each district has its own building design and pipes layout. For example, there are old neighborhoods where the pipes are very worn out or very old houses where the plumbing is lined with lead pipes. A local plumber knows the specifics of plumbing in different areas of his city. He will arrive more prepared and will be able to more accurately understand the cause of the problem and eliminate it better. For this reason, always choose a local plumber.
Almco Plumbing operates throughout San Diego, California. We provide services in all areas of San Diego including Point Loma, Rancho Santa Fe, Allied Gardens, North Park, Mid City, and other areas. You can get more information about the areas we serve on the Areas we serve page.
Check plumbing service’s prices
The cost of plumbing services is one of the decisive factors when choosing a company. Everyone wants to get high-quality and reliable work at a low cost.
According to Home Advisor, in 2022, the average plumber cost per hour ranges from $45 to $200. In order not to miscalculate and not overpay, we recommend that you focus on the limit from $80 to $130 per hour of work. The final price will depend on the area where you live, the scale of the damage and the need to purchase additional materials.
At Almco Plumbing we offer a fixed price. This means that we announce the cost of the work after the plumber arrives and inspects the place of breakdown. After valuation, the price does not change. You can be sure that we will not raise prices upon completion of the work due to unexpected difficulties.
Ask for recommendations from your friends and family
If you are not convinced by customer reviews and case photos, then another way to check the company is to ask people you trust about it. These may be your friends and relatives who have used the services of a plumbing company and can honestly share their impressions. Or you can find the reviewer on Facebook and ask him or her a question about the business. Firsthand information will be the best proof of the professionalism of the company you want to hire.
Check the readiness for emergency call
It often happens that plumbing breaks unexpectedly and you urgently need help. Finding a specialist in such a period can be difficult. Usually, plumbers are booked at least a few days in advance. Not every company can send you a specialist who will arrive a few hours after your call. In addition, some companies may not work on weekends and holidays. However, when a lake begins to form in your kitchen, a plumber is needed here and now.
Almco offers an emergency plumbing service. If your plumbing suddenly breaks down and your situation is on the verge of a disaster – write to us. We work 24/7, including holidays and weekends. We are ready to come to your urgent call within a few hours.
Check if there is a warranty for work done
When you choose a plumber, you try to find a specialist after whom you do not have to redo the work. To be sure that your plumbing will be fixed “once and for all” – learn about warranties. A company that employs professional plumbers usually gives a guarantee on their work. The warranty period for different types of work, of course, will be different.
Almco Plumbing guarantees its work. For example, when replacing sewer lines, we give a warranty for 50 years. During this period, there will be no leaks in the replaced pipe.
Check if there is a needed service in company’s list
No matter how good a company is, it will not help you if it does not do the service you need. Therefore, before choosing a company, check what services it provides. There are plumbing companies in San Diego that specialize in one thing, like just drain cleaning or just fixing leaking pipes. In addition, there are rare services that not all companies provide. For example, finding a contractor who performs trenchless line repairs using the CIPP method is extremely difficult.
Almco Plumbing provides a wide range of services. Among them are camera inspection, drain cleaning, hydro-jetting, leaking pipe repair, sewer line repair and replacement, trenchless sewer line repair and replacement, backflow preventer installation, water line repair, plumbing installation, repair, and replacement.
Check company’s awards
The professionalism of the company can be confirmed not only by customers, but also by independent experts. Therefore, when choosing a reputable plumbing company, we recommend paying attention to the presence in the ratings and the list of its awards. San Diego has a very high competition among plumbers, so it is very difficult to get an award and a high place in the rankings. Only the best companies that have been proving their professionalism for several years get there.
Almco Plumbing is one of the leading plumbing contractors in San Diego. We have been recognized by many independent experts. In 2022, we are in the TOP-10 companies in the Yelp ranking. We have been selected in the TOP-29 of 841 San Diego plumbing companies by Expertise. We are also present in the ratings of such expert sources as BBB, Angies List, Home Advisor.
Can I choose a good plumber quickly?
But what if you don’t have dozens of hours to look through company reviews or poll your friends about the best plumbing company in San Diego? We offer you the easiest way to find a contractor and it will take you about 30 minutes.
Simply call the company and speak to a representative. You can contact the company by phone number or via mail. From the conversation you will be able to assess the attitude towards customers. You will also have the opportunity to ask all your questions. You will learn first hand about the company’s license, experience, service area and case examples.
You can do it now. Call Almco Plumbing at (858) 905-5719 and speak with one of our consultants. We will answer all your questions and help you get an impression of a good plumber contractor.
Almco Plumbing – a reliable plumbing company you can trust
If you are looking for a good plumbing company in San Diego with affordable prices, then your search is over. Almco Plumbing is the contractor that can solve almost all your problems. We offer 10 reasons why you should contact us:
Our company has license #1045495 for residential and commercial plumbing in San Diego.
We have over 10 years of experience in the plumbing industry.
Our company has positive reviews from more than 400 customers. Our Google rating is 5 stars, Facebook is 5 stars, Yelp is 5 stars.
We are happy to talk about our work. View our cases along with photos of the work done and customer reviews on the Cases page.
Almco Plumbing operates throughout San Diego. We are very familiar with the types of houses in each area and the location of the pipes. This helps us quickly find the causes of problems and their solutions. You can learn more about service areas on the Areas Served page.
We have fixed prices. We come to the client, evaluate the cost of plumbing services and do not change it after the work is completed.
Ask your friends about Almco Plumbing – perhaps we have already worked with them. Or find the people we’ve worked with on Facebook and ask them what they think of the results.
In the event of a catastrophic breakdown, we are ready to come to you immediately. Our team on emergency plumbing is ready 24/7.
We give a guarantee for the work done.
Almco Plumbing provides a wide range of services for residential and commercial plumbing. Contact us for drain snaking and cleaning, hydro-jetting, leaking pipes repair, sewer line repair and replacement, backflow preventer installation, water line repair, plumbing installation, repair and replacement.
Almco Plumbing – a contractor you can trust. To book our plumber, submit the completed form with your contact details, problem, and plumber’s arrival time.
Almco Plumbing provides plumbing services in San Diego. We have been working since 2001 and offering
our clients quality service. We solve problems with clogged pipes, leaks, breakdowns in plumbing,
worn out water supply systems. Our experts can fix plumbing in the kitchen, bathroom, toilet or
pool. Contact us if you notice that your water bills have increased dramatically, you hear the sound
of flowing water or unpleasant odors.