August Newsletter

August Newsletter

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Welcome!

Happy August everyone!

This newsletter is going to be all about the power of maintenance. Why? Because maintenance is…

  • Avoiding big mistakes
  • Minimizing expenses
  • Staying updated & safe


So let’s dive into the perfect example of what lack of maintenance can look like!

Our Latest Project

NORTHGATE | Sewer liner replacement at residential homes

A few weeks back, we started working on a drain repair in Phoenix after a resident in the area mentioned their sewer draining issues! 

After a camera inspection, video evidence showed issues with the sewer that 6 homes feed into. The mainline was holding water in the same exact spot.The clay pipes had developed a 12-inch “belly”, causing all the gunk to get stuck in one area of the pipe. 

We excavated the pipes in one go because they’re all on one main sewer. We dug approx. 5 feet deep and completed a 45-foot-long sewer replacement.

Why did this happen?

A normally functioning sewer lateral typically has a slope that uses the force of gravity to facilitate flow. The pressure from your flush should generally be enough pressure to move the wastewater through the pipes. Erosion, angling of the pipes, and quality work are various reasons for a belly (a sag or downward bent section of the pipe) to occur.

The biggest reason for bellies in sewer systems is the lack of proper soil bedding during installation. And yet even if this is all done perfectly, other factors like tree roots, earthquakes, sun, heat, rain, and extreme temperature fluctuations can also result in shifting soil, which then can cause bellies.

This also happened because these old pipes have been sitting for so long, clogging over time eroding. You should have your plumbing pipes cleaned every 18 to 22 months or so.

How Can You Diagnose a Sewer Line Belly?

To identify a sewer pipe belly, advanced video inspection technology is necessary. During a sewer camera inspection, a video camera is fed into the pipe, providing a clear look at the sewer lateral. This helps the plumber to pinpoint any issues present. Sewer line camera inspections can also uncover incorrect slope issues.

Want to schedule a camera inspection? Book Here!

5 Effective Ways To Conserve Water And Protect The Environment In Arizona

With a desert climate and a rapidly growing population, the conservation of water resources has become a critical issue here in the valley.

Despite the challenges, water conservation is vital to both the environment and the economy of Arizona. Considering the increased water demand, it is essential to understand the importance of conserving water and the impact of water conservation on the environment.

I want to show you 5 effective ways to conserve water to protect the environment and your wallet!

Fix Leaks at Home

Fix Leaks at Home Water leaks are the most common plumbing problem in most households, and fixing them can go a long way in minimizing water wastage. 

Leaks not detected can lead to wastage of large volumes of water and escalate water bills. Therefore, identifying and fixing leaks as soon as they occur is critical. 

The initial step in leak detection is checking water bills for unexplained increases. Another way to identify leaks is turning off the faucets, and if the water meter still records usage, it’s time to call in a plumber. 

Regular maintenance of plumbing fixtures is also essential. 

Old fixtures may become susceptible to clogs and leaks, releasing an immense amount of water. 

Moreover, upgrading to water-efficient fixtures can contribute significantly to water conservation. These low-flow fixtures release enough water to accomplish the designated task while reducing amounts of water consumed.

Book Now to Quality Services:

  • Clogged Drains.
  • Water Leaks.
  • Pool Cleaning.
  • Free Camera Inspections.

Smart Landscaping

Landscaping plays a significant role in water conservation. 

  • Choose native plants for your garden as they are adapted to Arizona’s climate! These plants require less water and maintenance than non-native plants. 
  • Mulching is another effective way to reduce evaporation and retain soil moisture, which helps conserve water. 
  • Additionally, consider utilizing water-efficient irrigation systems. Drip irrigation, for example, can reduce water use by up to 60 percent compared to traditional sprinklers.

By choosing water-wise landscaping, you not only save water but also reduce the demand for fertilizers and pesticides, which can have negative impacts on the environment.

Watering the Plants

Watering plants in Arizona can be quite a task. The desert climate and harsh summers can turn lush gardens into arid wastelands. To maintain the beauty of your garden and conserve water at the same time, employ these simple watering techniques.

  • Firstly, water your plants early in the morning or late in the evening, when the sun isn’t blazing down, to prevent evaporation. 
  • Secondly, use a watering can instead of a hose to regulate the amount of water each plant receives. 
  • Lastly, opt for bucket watering, which can help reduce spillage and wastage.

In Arizona, watering twice a week is sufficient for most plants. However, drought-resistant plants may require less water. 

Additionally, grouping plants according to their watering needs can help reduce water usage. 

While these techniques may seem basic, they can significantly improve the health of your plants, reduce water usage, and cut down your bills.

Reduce Water Usage in Daily Life

You can cut down on your water usage by making small but significant changes to your daily routine and habits!

When using your dishwasher or washing machine, ensure that you have a full load before running it. 

Additionally, use energy and water-efficient models to reduce water usage. 

You can also consider washing dishes the old-fashioned way, using a sink full of water instead of running the tap continuously. 

For showers, try to limit them to five minutes or less. This saves a lot of water and also keeps your skin healthy. Turning off the tap while you’re brushing your teeth or shaving can also conserve a lot of water. 

Another way to reduce your water usage is by checking for leaks in your toilets regularly. Small leaks can add up to gallons of water wasted over time. Fixing them can save you a lot of money on your water bills. 

Remember, every drop counts when it comes to water conservation! By making a few changes in your daily routine, you can contribute to saving valuable water resources.

Community Efforts for Water Conservation

Water scarcity is a pressing issue in Arizona, and with increasing population and demand, conservation efforts are necessary. It is essential to recognize the value and importance of preserving water and its impact on the environment.

Fix Leaks at Home: 

Identifying leaks in plumbing fixtures, such as faucets and pipes, and repairing them promptly is crucial. Regular maintenance of plumbing fixtures can also aid in water conservation. Upgrading to water-efficient fixtures can further reduce water consumption while simultaneously promoting a greener lifestyle. 

Smart Landscaping: 

Selecting native plants and trees for landscaping can reduce water usage significantly, compared to non-native options, as they can adapt better to the climate. Mulching can also help reduce evaporation rates, and water-efficient irrigation systems can further aid in smart landscaping. 

Watering the Plants: 

Proper watering techniques are essential to conserve water. Timing and frequency are crucial, and it is vital to adhere to Arizona’s watering schedules. Using buckets instead of a hose or sprinkler can also reduce water usage considerably. 

Reduce Water Usage in Daily Life: 

Adopting simple measures such as efficient use of dishwashers and washing machines and taking shorter showers can significantly reduce water consumption. Checking for leaks in toilets and turning off the taps when not in use can also aid in water conservation.

Community Efforts for Water Conservation: 

Efforts such as awareness campaigns, education programs, and incentives for water conservation can encourage individuals to make a conscious effort towards water conservation. Local authorities can also contribute by implementing water conservation strategies, such as rainwater harvesting. 

That’s it for now! Let’s work together to help conserve water and protect the environment!

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