It doesn't flow uphill

As our founder Wayne Maples always said, *&^%$ doesn't flow uphill.  So, in honor of national tape measure day, know that plumbers live by the tape measure.  Or in plumbing terms, by "grade".  Grade is the slope applied to the drains below your home, or your property's sewer line to the street.  A proper drain system below your home should have a minimum downward grade of 1" every 4'.  Most levels will show that slope as a 1/4 bubble. 

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Sewer Line Inspections, Northern California

“A picture’s worth a thousand words”
A picture, or a video, is worth a thousand words.  That’s very true when comes to your home or property’s main drain line, or sewer line.  Today sewer lines are easily inspectable using a sewer video camera inspection device.  A sewer video inspection camera is exactly that.  It’s a video camera that is inserted into a property’s sewer via a clean-out or prepared opening.  The camera head is sent “downstream” and relays a clear reception back to the video monitor.  At the video monitor the plumber and the customer can see, and make an assessment of the sewer line's condition.  A locator head can also be part of the video assessment.  These heads relay the precise above ground location, via a transmitted signal, of any problem areas.  A thorough and professional inspection can help your plumber and you make the correct decision regarding your sewer line.  If it’s determined that the sewer line is in need of replacement, a trenchless application may work best.  See our October 2011 blog regarding trenchless sewer line replacements.


Submitted by Dale Maples, Owner

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