Damaged manhole covers and frames aren’t just a nuisance to drivers. In addition to being road hazards, broken manholes can cause sewer blockages and lead to liability and safety concerns. Manufacturers may design manholes to withstand heavy traffic and other kinds of wear and tear, but these structures can deteriorate. Signs of deterioration include erosion because of heavy rains, earthquake damage, heat damage, settlement, and even tree root intrusion.
Business owners and property managers need to stay on top of manhole maintenance to avoid problems associated with deterioration. Implementing a schedule for regular manhole inspections is the best way to stay on top of potential problems.
Signs of Manhole Problems
In the best-case scenario, manhole problems get caught early. Any signs of deterioration are minor and don’t require extensive rehabilitation. To catch problems early, property managers and business owners need to know the signs of damage. The following are signs of potential problems:
- Covers that don’t fit
- Pooling water
- Obvious damage to the cover or area around the manhole
Don’t wait for an annual inspection to catch these problems. Have your maintenance crew check on manholes monthly to stay on top of any changes.
Learn more about Manhole Rehabilitation Techniques
When you catch manhole problems early, you stand a better chance of needing only minor repairs. Think you have a problem? Call your local sewer repair contractors to come out and inspect the manhole and the sewer line. If the contractor finds damage, they will use one of the following rehabilitation techniques:
For manholes without structural issues, grouting is a fast solution. It’s used to create a water-tight seal when there are cracks or gaps in the structure around the manhole. Sewer contractors use different chemicals to match the soil, pavement, and manhole’s materials.
Has your contractor told you that your property’s manhole needs structural reinforcement? If so, lining is a good solution. Before the manhole is lined, the contractor cleans any debris from the area. Once the manhole is emptied and cleaned, a custom liner gets inserted into the space. As the liner cures in place, it expands to fit inside the manhole. When the liner hardens completely, this structurally reinforces the manhole. Besides improving the structural integrity of the manhole, lining it also stops runoff and protects against sewer gases.
This is another lining method that uses a spray application technique. The spray material is composed of materials that protect against corrosive gases and groundwater. Contractors like to use polyurethane spray because it allows them to customize the lining’s thickness.
The benefits of these rehabilitation techniques is that they can be done in a few hours, which is ideal for business owners who don’t want their parking areas or services disrupted for a long time.
Sometimes, rehab alternatives aren’t an option. In these cases, manhole replacement is the better solution. A common reason for replacement is when wet concrete from neighboring construction gets into the manhole and hardens. You can’t leave hardened concrete in the manhole because it restricts water flow and leads to blockages. You also can’t clear out the concrete using hydro-jetting. Replacement is the only option.
Of course, business owners want to avoid replacement because it takes several days to complete the process. However, it is important to make long-lasting repairs. Know that sewer repair contractors don’t suggest exhaustive measures if it’s not the right choice.
Don’t Forget about Your Manholes
It’s easy to do, but we know what happens when manholes and sewer lines get forgotten about. They sustain damage that’s not always fast or cheap to fix. Neglecting your property’s manholes also puts your business at risk if someone trips over a broken cover or falls into a hole because the cover is missing.
Why not check manhole maintenance off your checklist and call Street Works Engineering Sewer and Septic? If you manage a property or own a business in San Dimas, call us for street plumbing and rooter services like manhole maintenance. Reach us 24 hours a day, seven days a week at (866) 377-4002.
Broken sewer pipes affect private homes, retail centers, factories, and all other commercial plumbing systems. Unfortunately, many sewer-related problems worsen to the point of an emergency because property owners don’t recognize the signs of damaged sewer lines.
Save yourself the expense of future sewer problems by looking out for the following 5 signs of sewer damage.
This is the first sign for many property owners that something’s amiss in the sewer system. All drains clog once in a while, but when properties have persistent blockage, this is a sure sign of a clogged sewer pipe or a break in the system. Schedule a video inspection to see what’s happening inside the pipe.
Low Water Pressure
Low water pressure is more than an annoyance. It’s actually a sign that something isn’t quite right with your pipes. If you only one fixture is affected by low pressure, this probably has something to do with the fixture itself. When you need to be concerned about a burst, cracked, or expanded pipe is when low pressure affects the entire building. Have your system inspected by a sewer contractor to find out exactly what’s causing your water pressure issues.
High Water Bills
Sewer contractors want you to pay attention to higher than usual water bills because this is one of the most accurate indicators of a pipe break. Other problems can have many different causes, but a high water bill that happens suddenly is almost certainly the result of a broken pipe.
A cracked sewer pipe will make itself known in the most unpleasant way by giving off a bad odor. If you catch a whiff of sewage in bathrooms, drains, and even outside the property, don’t breathe out of your mouth and hope it goes away. Instead, call a sewer contractor to come out to your location and inspect the sewer pipe. You may have a backed up line that needs hydro-jetting or a cracked line that needs repaired.
It’s important that property owners realize that foul odors associated with sewer problems aren’t just smelly. They often mean that sewage is escaping from the pipe. This means sewer water is on your property somewhere and creating an environment for potential health hazards.
When damp spots pop up in the lowest area of your home or building, it’s a safe bet that an underground pipe has burst. It could be a water line or the sewage line. Obviously, both can damage to your property’s foundation. So, don’t wait to find out what’s happening. Call a licensed sewer contractor to come out and inspect your underground water and sewer pipes.
What You Need to Do About Broken Sewer Pipes
Once a contractor determines that you have a broken sewer pipe, you need to get a cost estimate for repair or replacement. Pipe bursting and pipe lining are two popular trenchless methods for fixing damaged sewer lines. Which one will work best for your situation depends on the location of the break, the severity of the damage, and the age of your pipes. Properties with aging pipes made from cast iron or clay material can reduce the risk of subsequent damage by replacing the pipes with PVC plastic piping. Your sewer contractor will provide you with the best solution that fits your budget and fixes the problem.
At Street Works Engineering Sewer and Septic, we can’t stress enough how important it is for property owners to know the signs of sewer damage. When you can identify potential threats, you prevent expensive damage to the sewage system and reduce the risk of flooding and property damage.
Do you have a property in Alhambra that you think might have a sewer-related problem? Call our sewer repair contracts at (888) 668-8922 to come out and investigate! We’re here 24/7 for all residential and commercial sewer emergencies.
If you’ve noticed unusual changes in your home’s or building’s water pressure, unusually high water bills, or have caught a whiff of raw sewage, it’s likely there’s damage to your property’s underground pipes. There are many reasons underground sewer pipes and water pipes fail. However, in this post, we want to focus on the environmental factors that can lead to sewer replacement.
Do You Know the Environmental Risks for Your Sewer System?
Knowing the environmental risks for your underground pipe system is important because it affects your pipe replacement options. In Southern California, earthquakes are serious environmental stressors. Even small tremors that we don’t feel happen all the time and have a profound impact on the condition of underground pipes. If you have an older pipe system or one that’s severely corroded, it doesn’t take a large earthquake to do serious damage.
Cold weather is another environmental stress that causes problems for pipes in colder parts of California and the United States. In Southern California, we don’t deal with this issue so much, but it’s still worth mentioning because communities in the higher elevations may experience these issues. Also, many businesses in our area have locations throughout the state where colder temperatures do exist.
Another environmental factor that many people give little consideration to is plants and other vegetation growth in underground pipes. Tree root intrusion can cause massive sewer line damage that spans the entire length of the pipe or just in a section or two. Regardless, tree roots cause lines to clog and water and sewage to back up on to property.
Pipe Repair Options
Sometimes, it’s unnecessary to replace the entire line. If the damage to the existing pipe isn’t too bad, pipe lining, a type of trenchless technology, can fix pipe damage and strengthen the pipe. Cured in place pipe lining creates a pipe within a pipe and seals small cracks, fills gaps, and is a long-lasting solution for invasive tree or shrub roots.
Is It Better to Repair or Replace?
It really depends on the damage, the age of the pipe, and the contractor’s professional recommendation. Many property owners in the San Gabriel Valley have older pipe systems made from clay or cast iron. These materials served their purpose 50 years ago, but today plastic piping is the preferred industry option.
In Southern California, the risk of earthquakes make clay pipes illogical. So, if you have a seriously damaged clay pipe, you could install a trenchless pipe line, but replacing the entire clay pipe with sturdier plastic piping makes for a better investment.
Also, many people think trenchless sewer line replacement is more expensive than pipe repairs. There are many factors that go into pricing a job, but the epoxy material used for pipe lining jobs does add to the cost. This means pipe replacement is often the cheaper option.
Do I Need Lateral Sewer Line Replacement If My Building’s Pipes Have Environmental Damage?
The only way to know what your repair or replacement options are is to have a sewer line inspection. If your home or building has shown signs of underground pipe damage, call local sewer repair contractors to schedule a video camera inspection. They can do this inspection on small residential pipes and large-diameter commercial pipes. Once the contractor completes the inspection, you’ll have all the information you need to know what’s the next logical step.
Environmental damage affects older pipes, but it can also impact the performance of new pipes. For this reason, it’s always a good idea to have regular sewer and water pipe inspections to stay on top of the current conditions of your pipes.
If you need a sewer repair contractor in San Gabriel or another areas of Los Angeles County, contact Street Works Engineering Sewer and Septic. We’re available 24 hours a day, seven days a week!
As responsible Cerritos property managers and business owners you want to avoid liability issues and expensive repairs to all parts of your underground pipe repair system. To do this, you need to follow a regular exterior maintenance schedule to make sure all parts of your property’s utility access holes and sewer drains work well consistently. These parts of a property’s sewer system are located in alleys, parking lots, basements, and yards. The good news is that with timely maintenance manholes and other components can last a lifetime.
The not-so-great news? Like most things exposed to the outdoor elements, manholes can deteriorate. Even though they have long-lasting qualities it doesn’t mean their untreatable. In this post, learn more about when to call for qualified street plumbing and rooter services for parking lot sewer drain and manhole problems.
Common Signs of Manhole Issues
When manholes begin deteriorating, they’re unable to do their job. This means your property becomes at risk of developing drainage problems. These issues could cause serious flooding during heavy rains. Signs that your property needs manhole repair include:
- Debris buildup
- Pooling water
- Crumbing mortar or brick
Manhole covers protect your underground sewer system. However, if there’s any damage to the manhole or you have missing covers, this could cause a buildup of waste in the sewer drains. Keeping covers intact is a great way to prevent waste buildup, but you also need to include sewer drain inspection services as part of your annual parking lot maintenance plan. This protects your commercial drainage system and keeps your parking lot in great shape year-round. No business owners that we know want to go through hassle and expense of repairing or replacing a parking lot.
Brick and Mortar Deterioration
Brick and mortar support manholes and catch basins. Over time, extreme weather can cause these materials to break down. When the brick and mortar can no longer support the manholes or catch basins, these structures can’t support the weight of vehicle traffic. This leads to severe deterioration that progresses quickly. Businesses can’t ignore these problems. This is a dangerous situation that puts vehicles and pedestrians in harm’s way.
You may notice water pooling around manholes and catch basins when there’s a mortar or brick issue.Drainage issues also cause pooling water and so does poor asphalt installation. Regular inspections catch drainage and structural problems before they become costly to repair.
Preventing Parking Lot Damage
The most cost-effective way to handle parking lot drainage and manhole issues is to avoid them. Regular inspection services help you do this and so do timely repairs. For businesses that continually have problems with pooling water or buildup, the problem could be a slope issue. Sewer contractors may suggest one or both of the following fixes:
Asphalt curbing: Ideally, you want to have grassy areas near your parking lot to catch storm water overflow. During heavy rains, your storm water system might have problems keeping up with the influx of water. When you have another option for the rainwater to go, this reduces pooling and other drainage problems.
Asphalt paving slope: When the parking lot was first installed, it might not have been planned properly, which can lead to drainage issues. Many businesses inherit these problems from the previous building owner. If your parking lot slope doesn’t support forceful draining into catch basins or other drains, you need to consider redoing the asphalt paving slope.
The Importance of Qualified Street Plumbing and Rooter Services
Any time you need work done to underground pipes in public access areas, you must hire city-bonded sewer repair contractors. These individuals have the authority to make repairs under public-right-of-way areas and have advanced training. If your parking lot sewer drain or manholes need repaired, contact Street Works Engineering Sewer and Septic. We offer street plumbing and rooter services in Cerritos and many other Southern California cities. Call us today to get started ASAP!
Imagine the following scenario:
You’re at your Anaheim business and a customer tells you that there is a horrible smell coming from the women’s restroom. Not only does it smell bad, but several toilets have raw sewage backing up in them. Not only does this make your business look bad, but it also means something is happening inside your sewer line. You need help fast!
Whether you have a sewer issue at your business or at your house, you don’t want to mess around. You need your sewer pipe fixed fast. Which is why we get questions from businesses and homeowners each day asking what’s the fastest way to fix a sewer line problem?
Keep reading to learn more about the options to repair or replace existing pipes. Also, we urge you to remember that pipe replacement is a big job. It takes time and although some methods go faster than others, you should prepare for a lengthy process.
Traditional Sewer Line Replacement
We call this the trenching method. It usually takes the longest, with the average completion timeline around 6 days. Why so long? Sewer contractors must complete several steps to make sure the job gets done correctly. They need to give an initial assessment, locate the pipe and identify what’s surrounding the pipe that could impede the service. All public utilities on the property must also be marked and permits gotten.
Once the initial steps get completed, the contractors dig the trench to access the pipe. They must remove the broken pipe and replace it with a new one. Depending on the job, this can take several days. Replacing large commercial pipes and any kind of street work adds to the timeline. When the new pipe gets put in place, the trench must be backfilled and any landscaping or concrete surfaces that were disrupted need restoration or replacing.
It’s hard to give readers a good timeline regarding trenchless pipe replacement because any minor hiccup during the process can cause significant delays. The most accurate timeline is the one your sewer contractor gives you after the initial assessment.
Trenchless Sewer Replacement
If we can solve your sewer problem using trenchless replacement or repair methods like pipe bursting or pipe lining, you could have the issue resolved in as little as a day. The reason trenchless methods go much faster is that there’s no need to spend days digging a trench and replacing the landscaping.
Sewer contractors arrive at your home or business and perform a camera inspection. The video camera gives them an up-close view of what’s going on inside your sewer system. It shows the exact location of the problem and if trenchless methods will work to fix the problem.
From there, approved city-bonded sewer contractors can get started right away to make the repairs. They only need to prepare entry and exit points to insert the liner or bursting head. In most cases, property owners have a working sewer system within 24 hours.
Emergency Main Sewer Line Replacement
Commercial and residential property owners with an emergency sewer situation need quick and reliable solutions. Trenchless is a good option, but it’s not always the right option for your problem. The fastest sewer line service is the one that gets the job done right the first time.
When you call a sewer contractor out to your property to inspect a potential sewer-related issue, make sure they have access to trenchless equipment. Not all sewer repair companies in Orange County have the tools or skills to make these repairs. Therefore, you could end up with a lengthy replacement process because the contractor only offers traditional sewer replacement methods.
Street Works Engineering Sewer and Septic has city-bonded sewer repair contractors available to make traditional and trenchless main line sewer replacement in Anaheim. Call us today at (866) 377-4002 when you need emergency sewer services!
That question might sound like the start of a bad joke, but sewer line installation is no laughing matter. Hiring the right people to install a sewer system or replace an existing sewer pipe makes all the difference between a job well done and costly recurrent problems.
How many times have you driven past a crew working on underground pipes in someone’s yard or in the middle of the street? Did you think to yourself, “Does that job really require that many people?”
No two sewer-related jobs are the same. Although all underground installations have similarities, each job has its own parameters. Some jobs require a smaller labor force, while others need a team of sewer repair contractors.
Replacing Existing Pipes
Many of the jobs that sewer contractors do for residential and commercial customers involve replacing sections of an existing sewer pipe or replacing the entire line. Replacing a small-diameter residential line, especially when using trenchless technology, doesn’t require a huge team. Usually a few sewer contractors can get the job done in a day’s time.
Commercial sewer line installation is a different story. Many of these properties have large-diameter pipes. Sometimes the pipe’s diameter spans up to 3 ft wide. That’s a big pipe and requires specialized skills and expertise. Not only are commercial pipes bigger, but businesses demand that sewer jobs get done quickly. The longer a job takes, the more it affects employees, customers, production, and revenue. More people working these repair and replacement jobs means the project wraps up faster.
Installing a New Sewer System
Installing a new sewer system requires sewer contractors to excavate and place pipes in a trench. There’s a lot of planning involved much of which the public never sees, such as getting permits and doing other administrative and design work. Unlike replacing an existing pipe using trenchless methods such as pipe bursting, a new system must be put in place in the traditional way. This means a lot of digging. To make sure the project gets done quickly and safely, you need a team of qualified sewer contractors.
There are many sewer jobs that require digging under streets or sidewalks to access the damaged pipe. You may see sewer contractors working in manholes or excavating large swaths of concrete surfaces. This kind of work requires city-bonded sewer contractors to be on the job. These contractors not only have permission to work on underground utilities under public access areas, but they have additional training in safety, first aid, and traffic control. So, when you pass by a sewer job happening in a public area, you’ll notice there are contractors working on the pipe and other contractors monitoring traffic.
No one wants to pay more for sewer installation than necessary, which is why some people may seem put off by a big crew. Isn’t it cheaper to pay for fewer contractors?
The more expertise you have working on a project, the faster the job gets done. This keeps labor costs lower. Also, if you have inexperienced contractors working on a sewer line installation job or not enough, it might not get done correctly. Then, you have to hire someone else to fix the mistakes. This doesn’t save any money.
Licensed and Bonded Sewer Line Installation
If you’re concerned about the cost of sewer line installation, make sure you agree to the terms of the service before giving the go-ahead. Review the job estimate and go over the timeline and ask the company about any pricing or fees you’re unsure about. If you’re concerned about paying labor costs for a huge team, remember that more experts on a job get the installation done faster and safer.
Do you need a new sewer line installed? Street Works Engineering Sewer and Septic is a local sewer and septic company in Orange, CA. We work on commercial sewer systems, residential systems and have the credentials to work on pipes in public-right-of-way areas. Call us at (866) 377-4002 to discuss your project.
Real estate inspections are common for single-family new construction, but they’re also important for new commercial properties, especially when it comes to the sewer system. Commercial property owners who hire sewer contractors to inspect new construction sewer lines avoid costly problems caused by blocked lines and improperly constructed lines.
Keep reading to learn more about new construction problems that a sewer camera inspection can find:
A new main sewer line shouldn’t leak, but if the installation isn’t done correctly, it can happen. Adding too much dirt when filling in the trench can cause the pipe to break apart from the city connection or another part of the line. The next thing you know there’s sewage water seeping into the ground. This leads to foul odors and causes line backups. You shouldn’t have to deal with these problems in a new building.
New construction is messy. Although work crews do their best to keep work areas clean, there’s still a fair amount of debris that gets scattered about at a job site. Sometimes, this debris ends up in pipes. If it’s not removed, it continues to catch more and more debris as wastewater moves through the pipe. Eventually, this causes blockages. Many construction companies hire plumbing companies to hydro-jet the sewer pipes after completing construction, but not all do.
In areas of Los Angeles and Orange County, it’s not uncommon to construct new buildings where previous ones stood. This means there could be existing sewer and drain pipes underground. Construction crews should remove old pipes completely from the site. However, this doesn’t always happen. There have been cases when construction crews left old pipes on the property and connected new sewer lines to them. This means you’re not getting a new sewer system, but a hodgepodge sewer connection that’s more likely to fail.
A Sewer Line Inspection Protects Your Property
When you have a new building, the last thing you expect to deal with are sewer problems. A sewer system properly installed is one that should hold up well to wear and tear and last many, many years with no major problems. The good news is that you don’t have to have serious problems when you have a video pipe inspection.
A video camera inspection catches the problems we mentioned above. Blocked pipes, bad installation, and sewer debris can all be identified during a video camera. The service itself is inexpensive and completed in very little time.
Make Sure to Hire the Right Service Technician
Video inspection for commercial plumbing systems isn’t much different from inspections done to residential sewer and drain lines. However, always hire a commercial sewer contractor to do this job. These professionals have experience and training in inspecting commercial pipes. They have the advanced equipment needed to see inside bigger pipes and make sure they don’t miss any problem.
What Should You Do If a Problem Is Found?
Go back to the construction company in charge of the new build and request the repairs to be made. You shouldn’t close on a property that has a bad sewer connection or dirty pipes. This isn’t your responsibility to fix. It’s the construction company’s. However, the second you sign on the dotted line and become the official owner, you are responsible for all repairs.
Schedule Sewer Line Camera Inspection Service with Us
Before you take ownership of your new building, call us. Let our exceptional contractors inspect the sewer system and provide you with a complete report. If we find problems, we’ll give you a recording of the video inspection to forward to the general contractor or sewer company that installed the system.
As business owners, you have enough to worry about. The conditions of your sewer pipe shouldn’t be one of those things. You should feel confident that your newly installed sewer system will work well for you 24/7.
For sewer line camera inspection service in Los Alamitos, Long Beach, or another Southern California area, call Street Works Engineering Sewer and Septic.
It’s that time of year. Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, and that means the holiday season is officially here. Restaurants in Baldwin Park and throughout Los Angeles County have already started preparing for holiday feasts, but has your restaurant prepared for potential sewer problems?
During the holiday season, restaurants prepare more food and have busier than normal days and nights. If you have a damaged sewer pipe, the additional stress can cause the line to rupture and cause backup in your restrooms and the back of house. The last thing any restaurant manager wants to do is have to shut down to make a sewer line repair during this time of the year.
Here are some tips for helping your sewer system keep up with the holiday demands.
Get Your Sewer Line Inspected
It’s never too late to have your sewer line inspected. To do this, schedule a video camera inspection with your local sewer company. This inspection takes about an hour and many companies like ours work around your schedule to minimize any inconvenience. The camera sends real-time video to a monitor that you and the contractor view together. You get an inside look at what your sewer line really looks like. Hopefully, there aren’t any issues. However, if the contractor finds cracks, blockage, tree roots, or other potential issues, you’ll get immediate options for repair or replacement.
Is Your Grease Trap Servicing Up to Date?
A common misunderstanding is that the sewer system only handles wastewater coming from toilets. This is false. The sewer system is responsible for all the water and other liquid substances leaving your building, including grease. Commercial kitchens have grease traps for a reason. These contraptions keep excessive amounts of grease, fats, and other cooking oils from entering the sewer system. However, the trap only works if it’s cleaned regularly.
How often you need grease trap cleaning depends on how much grease your kitchen generates. You and your sewer contractor should set up a customized cleaning schedule. If cleaning doesn’t get done, grease makes its way into the sewer line and you end up with clogged drains. Luckily, careful management of your grease trap system can prevent this from ever being a problem.
Use the Garbage Disposal Sparingly
Not all commercial kitchens have disposals. Some restaurant owners love them and others hate them. We aren’t the biggest fans of garbage disposals because they tend to encourage sloppy habits that lead to sewage issues. However, we can’t argue that they’re convenient. If your commercial kitchen has a garbage disposal or two, use the appliance sparingly to prevent problems.
Schedule Drain Cleaning
Why not start with a clean slate? Schedule drain cleaning service to clear out any gunk and goo from existing pipes. Starting the holiday season with freshly hydro-jetted pipes that leave your sewer line as clean as the first day it was installed is always a good idea. It’s also much cheaper than sewer repair or sewer line replacement.
Don’t Ignore the Signs
It doesn’t take long for things to go from meh to a major deal. If you’ve noticed small problems at your restaurant, don’t expect them to go away. Little problems quickly multiply and turn into one huge mess. Too often we hear that there’s no time to deal with pipe repair during the holiday season. Yes, it’s a busy time for restaurants, which is wonderful. What’s not so wonderful is having to close the kitchen for a couple days to deal with a problem that could have been solved days ago.
If you notice slow drainage, foul odors coming from drains, or you consistently deal with clogged drains, call for a repair and cost estimate right away.
Sewer Contractors Work 365/24/7
What does that mean for you? It means we have qualified licensed and bonded sewer contractors in Baldwin Park and throughout the San Gabriel Valley around the clock. When you need a drain line serviced, trenchless sewer line repair, or even septic tank servicing, call Street Works Engineering Sewer and Septic. We’ll get your restaurant’s plumbing through this holiday season and keep your sewer line system in great condition!
Finding a local and qualified septic company is important for all property owners who have this kind of wastewater disposal system. Too often people have issues with their septic systems and don’t know who to call. When the septic alarm is sounding and you have sewage water backing up in your pipes, you don’t have the luxury of time. If you don’t already have a reliable company to call, you could end up with bad service and a bigger problem.
We know the importance of timely septic tank service, which is why we always encourage people to develop a relationship with a local company before “you know what” hits the fan. Even though you don’t need service now, someday you might. Consider the following points.
Local Septic Contractors Keep Your System Running Well
One of the best ways to get to know more about local contractors and their services is to hire them for smaller jobs. Septic inspections are a great way to do this. This plumbing service isn’t too expensive, and it’s something you should do yearly anyway. When the contractor comes to your home or business, you have the chance to get to know how their company works. Evaluate your experience based on the following questions:
- Was the customer service good?
- Did the contractor take good care of your property?
- Was he or she knowledgeable about your system and offer sound advice?
If you the service and the company’s policies pleased you, you know who to call if you need septic services at the last moment.
You Won’t Have to Call All Over to Find Help
Developing a relationship with a septic servicing company in Long Beach means you get service faster. You don’t have to call all over trying to find a 24 hour septic company only to get sent to voicemail or told the company doesn’t service your area. Knowing who to call from the get-go saves time, but, more importantly, it saves your property from further damage.
Hopefully, you’ve never experienced a serious septic issue, but if you have, then you know how messy it gets. Sewage water might overflow from the tank and flood your yard. You may have raw sewage bubbling up from floor drains or coming up in sinks and showers. When things are this bad, you don’t have time on your side. You need someone to come out to your home or business right now.
Your Septic Specialist Knows Your System’s History
In a previous section, we discussed the benefit of hiring a septic contractor for small jobs like inspections or septic tank cleaning. Not only does this give you the chance to get to know the contractor, but they become more familiar with your system. The more information a contractor has when responding to an emergency, the faster they’ll be able to pinpoint the problem and come up with a solution.
Septic companies keep records of all the servicing they do to residential and commercial systems. These records provide important information like when you last had septic tank pumping and the system’s age, the tank size, and the system’s overall condition. This is valuable information that saves time and money.
Do You Need Emergency Septic Services?
If it’s after-hours and you find yourself Googling “24 hour septic service near me in Long Beach,” why not contact Street Works Engineering Sewer and Septic? Our team of exceptional septic contractors work on residential and commercial septic systems. Whether you live in downtown Long Beach, near the Long Beach airport, or another area in Los Angeles County, we’re always just down the street from you.
Our emergency septic services include pumping, cleaning, and repair. Need a new septic system installed? We can help you with that too. No matter what’s going on with your drainage system, we guarantee quality workmanship, great customer service, and warranty parts and labor. Call us today at (866) 377-4002.
Is there a septic tank on your property that needs removal? In industry-speak, we call this septic tank abandonment, and it’s something that should never be done by anyone other than professional septic tank companies. If you no longer use your septic system, bought a property that has an old tank still buried, or need to replace the system, never try to remove the tank yourself. Doing so can lead to injury and even cost you money in fines and others fees.
Septic Removal Is Highly Managed
City officials stay on top of septic tank abandonment because they don’t want their citizens to get hurt. Not only can you get injured trying to dig up a tank, but if you manage to remove it, there’s the issue of restoring the ground to prevent sinkholes. In Southern California cities like West Covina, officials don’t want their citizens or large sections of land getting swallowed up by massive sinkholes. Even if it seems improbable that this could happen, the possibility still exists.
Municipalities like to be involved in the septic abandonment process, so they have accurate records of all septic systems, current and previous. Removing an old tank often requires permits and other restrictions that the average property owner isn’t able to get on their own.
Cities also want to make sure the environment stays healthy. Groundwater contamination can happen if the contents of the tank aren’t removed properly. Contaminated water affects wildlife and vegetation because it gets into streams, creeks, and other bodies of water.
Beware of Sewer Gases
Another potential hazard that should persuade you from going the DIY method is dangerous gases. It’s not just wastewater that’s housed in your sewer system. Septic tanks also contain harmful gases such as hydrogen sulfide and methane. Any exposure to these gases can be potentially fatal.
Septic tanks also contain disease-causing agents. The tank on your property, no matter how long it’s been since it’s been used, could cause any of the following:
- Hepatitis A
- Gastrointestinal disease
- Bacterial infections
DIY Septic Removal Isn’t Possible
If none of the above dissuades you from trying to remove a septic tank yourself, consider this. Do-it-yourself removal is nearly impossible. There are too many steps involved that require special equipment like pump trucks and demolition tools.
Before you can even begin removing a tank, you need to locate it. If you’re not sure where it is on your property, this can be time consuming. Once the tank’s located, then you need to pump it and clean it if it’s not empty. To clean the tank properly, you’ll need equipment that only septic tank pumping companies have. It’s not like you can head over to the nearest Home Depot and rent this equipment.
Once the tank gets emptied, cleaned, and the waste disposed of at an approved dumping station, then you need to decide how to abandon it. There are 3 ways to do this.
- You can remove the entire tank and dispose of it in an approved landfill.
- The tank can be demolished on site, making sure to break up the bottom of the tank to prevent it from holding water
- The tank can be filled with granular material
Although, we’ve only taken a few paragraphs to explain the removal process, let us tell you that the steps involved require a team effort. Remember, septic tanks hold thousands of gallons of wastewater. They’re made from concrete and other heavy materials.
So, what’s the takeaway from this post? You guessed it! If you need septic tank removal in West Covina or anywhere else in Southern California, let the professionals handle it.
Street Works Engineering Sewer and Septic is an approved septic removal company. We also offer septic system cleaning, inspection, and installation. Call us today to learn more!