Why Your Pipe System May be Backing up in San Diego?

Have you ever experienced or seen a toilet backup? It’s not pleasant to encounter first thing in the morning or coming home from work late at night. Luckily, these backup situations are preventable with the right knowledge and mindset. Pipe systems are often overlooked because people cannot see them but keeping track of the pipes under your floors, inside your walls, in your yard is a simple way to prevent backups and conserve water, which is essential in Poway, San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Orange County and other cities in California due to drought.


SPT_Water_InfiltrationLooking specifically at infiltration, which is groundwater that enters sanitary sewer systems through cracks and or leaks in the sanitary sewer pipes, infiltrated water can cause backups to occur. These cracks or leaks in pipes and even manholes may be the result of age-related deterioration, loose joints, damage, or root infiltration. Often sewer pipes are installed beneath creeks or streams because they are the lowest point areas and it is also more expensive to install pipes under roadways. These cracks or leaks can give water an opportunity to infiltrate into the system. Sewer systems are designed to carry wastewater from toilets, dishwashers, sinks, or showers in homes or businesses and with additional water leaking into the system puts additional load on the pipe. Rain or snow can also put additional stress on the system, which could fill the sewer system up to capacity. Once the system becomes overloaded, wastewater flows at a much higher water level than normal. If sanitary fixtures or drains are below this overload level, water will flow backward through the sanitary sewer pipe, flooding households, basements, and even local streets with wastewater. Overflow situations put public health at risk and are a violation of state and federal environmental regulations. Sanitary sewer overflows release wastewater and potential pathogens into streets, waterways, and homes increasing the potential for health risks


The average sewer pipe is designed to last about 20 to 50 years, depending on the type of pipe material it’s made of such as cast iron, clay, or concrete. Pipe systems are often an overlooked component of modern day living, which is a huge reason why pipes are not inspected. Out of sight, out of mind. Often sanitary sewer systems along with lateral pipes attached to households and businesses are overlooked and do not receive the inspection and repairs needed to prevent a wastewater overflow. Regular pipe inspections using a camera system can greatly improve awareness of your pipe system so that you can prepare for any immediate repairs or plan for future repairs the pipe system may need. Camera inspections can prevent back-ups and overflows. Instead of a reactionary response during a pipe emergency, play ahead of the curveball and have a regular pipe inspection done on your home or community pipe systems. At the end of the day looking at pipe systems as a necessity that needs inspections and maintenance can save you, your local community, and even your city a significant amount of money and the health hazards associated with wastewater overflows.

If an inspection reveals a crack is the culprit of backups and infiltration, considering pipe renewal solutions that won’t causes additional damage or reconstruction to your property. Pipe renewal technologies such as Nu Drain CIPP lining restores the host pipe using an epoxy saturated liner that is pulled or pushed inside the pipe through existing access points, without the need to dig.

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