What Is a Sewer Lateral and Why Is it So Important for My Kalorama Home?

The sewer lateral is an important component of your home, but many people don’t’ know what makes it so vital. For your home in Kalorama, it’s important to make sure that your sewer lateral continues to function smoothly, and having the knowledge about the system can not only save you money, but also help you comply with government guidelines.

What’s a Sewer Lateral?

The sewer lateral is the line that carries the wastewater from your drain pipes to the main line located beneath the street. The sewer lateral leads the flow to a municipal center in the city, but it’s not common knowledge that the city isn’t responsible for the costs of fixing the sewer lateral if it becomes damaged. Because of this, the responsibility falls to the owner, and keeping a watchful eye over the condition of the lateral line is extremely important as a result.

Like every sewer pipe, sewer lateral is prone to cracks and damages, and allow leaks and wastewater to seep into your property, adversely affecting the health of you and your family. During intense storms, there is a chance that stormwater can backflow from the public system into your sewer lateral and cause flooding in your home. A stressful situation, these accidents can be avoided by hiring SPT to repair the sewer lines and ensure that they remain functional for many years.

How to Maintain the Sewer Lateral

Maintaining the sewer lateral is possible by practicing mindful tactics and ensuring that excessive clumps of waste isn’t sent down the drains, in addition to scheduling regular cleaning in order to preserve the integrity of your pipes. Our experts will keep your pipes clean with hydro jetting and help prevent tree root formations from penetrating your pipes and causing leaks to form. In addition, regular checkups can also keep your pipes clean and clear by ensuring that the sewer lateral is inspected on a frequent basis to prevent surprise accidents from coming up. Maintenance can also be made easier by renewing the pipes with trenchless pipe lining, a process that installs a brand new pipe within the old one that is far more durable and resistant than other pipeline materials, preventing leaks, cracks, and corrosion from plaguing the sewer lateral line.

If you still have more questions about what’s a sewer lateral and why is it so important for your home in the Kalorama area, call SPT today and we will be happy to help.

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3 Tips for How To Keep Your Bay Area Restaurant’s Drains Healthy

In restaurants and other commercial enterprises, keeping your drains healthy is a very challenging task. The taps and drains in your restaurant are all frequently used by the chefs and customers, and with the long and busy working hours of Bay Area restaurants, drain pipes are often subjected to the worst. The result: the pipes will clog very often, and restaurants can’t afford to have that continually happen and slow down business. The best advice is to follow these 3 tips for how to keep your Bay Area restaurant’s drains healthy:



Sewer Pipe Inspection and the Coming Winter Weather

Is your home ready for the upcoming winter months? When the temperature plummets, water inevitably freezes. This means that if there’s any water left in your pipes, it could cause significant damage. You can face a burst, cracked, or sagging pipe and anything in between.

How can you avoid this disaster? By preparing with a sewer pipe inspection before the coming winter weather.

SPT Pipe can help you take the necessary precautions to secure your sewer system and your entire home.

Wintertime Plumbing Troubles

The first signs of the upcoming winter will be the temperature falling quickly. During this time it would be best to call SPT Pipe to get your property ready for the cold.

Here are some of the most common wintertime troubles you’ll be facing:


Water expands as its temperature plummets. During the winter, the water in the soil expands as winter comes; when spring arrives, the ground thaws and the earth gets settled back in. This goes in a cycle, which eventually causes the pipes to sag. When waste passes through the sagging line it collects in that particular area. Wastes harden and slowly accumulates until it completely blocks the flow of sewage.


Leaks don’t just form underneath your kitchen sink. It can occur anywhere- in your home’s foundation, under the slabs, in the walls or the cabinets. Once a sewer line develops a leak, the whole structure could become saturated, which brings about greater consequences to the thaw-freeze cycle.

Burst Pipes

A burst pipe during the winter is one of the worst things that can happen. The water inside the pipes expands and causes a significant amount of pressure. It finds a way to escape the pipes, often causing considerable damage to your furniture, floorings, walls and the very foundation.

Inspection In Preparation For Winter

SPT Pipe utilizes the latest sewer camera inspection equipment to conduct efficient visual examinations of the state of your sewer lines. An HD camera is inserted into an open cleanout to inspect any and all sections of your sewer line.

While doing a sewer pipe inspection, our professional technicians will:

  • Find all the leaks and fix them using the most appropriate trenchless solution.
  • Find clogs and clear out the roots, calcified deposits, and food waste.
  • All types of sewer line damages can be found and repaired via the pipe lining method.

The sewer camera inspection will reveal the state of your plumbing before the damaging effects of winter come along. You will receive pertinent, detailed information such as the material, the diameter, and the outline of your whole system. Moreover, we can offer advice on what you can and can’t do before and after the winter season.

Winters should be spent with loved ones and family, not fussing about burst pipes and a flooded basement. Call SPT Pipe and get the help you need to have a hassle-free winter until the warm season starts again. We guarantee well-maintained pipes that last for a long, long time!


How can a routine sewer video inspection help prepare me for the winter months?

Woo! It’s finally getting cold. Time for late-night tea, crackling fires in your hearth, and chili roasting over your stove. Want to know what else it’s time for? A routine sewer video inspection.

Well, it may sound silly, but your pipes go under temperature-related duress. The shift in temperature from fall to winter months may not seem drastic, but temperatures can spike and lower dramatically. This stresses the materials of your pipes. PVC pipes are especially sensitive to temperature changes and can crack or become otherwise more damageable than before during those changes.

Sewer video inspections are the use of a small camera to fit inside your pipes. They have three hundred and sixty-degree views, providing expert sight inside your pipes. The plumbing technician providing you with service can point out exactly what’s wrong. Aging? Cracks? Clogs? If your pipes have problems, a sewer video inspection will tell you.

Another reason why to get this type of inspection is to prepare for freezing. Coating pipes, or creating a plan in case of emergencies, is the best plan before the winter months. Creating a plan to care for and maintain your pipes during the winter months can aid you years in the future, preserving your pipes much longer than them cracking, breaking, or clogging during the cold months would.

So what happens if I do have a problem?

Well, if you do have a problem during the inspection, the plumber should be able to provide you with specific solutions. Ask about trenchless or “no-dig” solutions. These are the most environmentally, family, and economically friendly solutions in the plumbing world. They don’t rely on heavy machinery, city permits for construction, rerouting local traffic, or repairing your lawn after the plumbers have left a mess.

Some trenchless solutions include hydro-jetting (for clogs), pipe lining (for cracks or minor damage), and pipe bursting (for major damage).

Hydro-jetting is used primarily for clogs, and is the use of highly-pressurized water through a hose to wash out a clog. It’s the most environmentally friendly drain-cleaning solution possible. Pipe lining is the use of an inflatable resin inside your cracked or damaged pipes. The resin hardens in a few hours and creates a “pipe-within-a-pipe”, reinforcing the structure of the pipe and creating a stable place for your waste to process. With pipe bursting, it’s the use of a pipe within yours to burst open the crack fully. This seamlessly replaces old, cracked, or majorly damaged pipes.

Get Your Pipes Inspected

You should get an inspection about every two months. Some companies offer free estimates and inspections. Others don’t. Find the company that works best for you and request regular maintenance. If you experience clogs or problems frequently, contact them immediately.

Create a plan to fix this problem before the winter months, so you can peacefully take a bath late at night and not worry if it’ll drain before tomorrow morning. We’ve all been there; let’s avoid a disaster. Get routine sewer video inspections for your home.

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Post-Hurricane CCTV Pipeline Inspections & Cleaning

Over the past two weeks, Florida residents have prepared for one of the largest hurricanes to reach Florida’s coasts. In the aftermath, many homes and businesses were without power for days and damage to buildings and properties were sustained. With the storm being over, it is now time to consider the next steps in moving forward, recovery efforts, and protection from unexpected plumbing emergencies.



What Are the Best Re-Piping Alternatives?

Most of us are unaware of our sewer pipe material choices. When sewer pipe technicians recommend re-piping, the request is often met with blank stares. A thousand questions race into our minds, “Why do we need re-piping? Is it expensive? What are the best re-piping alternatives?”

Let our team at SPT answer some of your pressing questions.


3 Common Misconceptions about CIPP Lining

3 Common Misconceptions About CIPP Lining

When it comes to cured-in-place-pipe (CIPP) lining there are a number of myths circling around the internet. When choosing between pipe replacement or rehabilitation make sure you know the facts! Pipe rehabilitation provides a time efficient, cost effective and long-term solution to many common non-pressurized/ gravity fed pipe system failures.


Preparing Your Building’s Plumbing For Snowbird Residents

Preparing Your Building’s Plumbing For Snowbird Residents

Get ready property managers. In Florida, the annual migration of snowbirds begins within the next couple months. Studies report, these snowbirds make up an impressive 1.2 million people who live in Florida temporarily during the winter season. Many choose to rent or even own properties seasonally which often means facility systems such as plumbing have not been used at full capacity or on a regular basis. With an influx of residents and usage, many dormant pipe problems will begin to surface and unfortunately cause emergency failures. This is not an ideal welcome to paradise present for snowbirds.



The Ugly Truth About Legionella

National Water Quality Month is a reminder to take a look at how our communities value the importance of water and how our actions or lack there of can greatly affect water quality. What’s most concerning in recent years is the lack of education that has lead us down the road towards lower water quality and even unsafe water in places such as schools, hospitals, and other facilities. Legionnaires disease is a hot topic today and outbreaks across the US have grown by 4.5 times since 2000. (National Notifiable Disease Surveillance System). 6,000 cases of Legionnaires’ disease were reported in 2015 alone (CDC). This is the beginning of a water quality epidemic.