How to choose a sewer contractor

All is running smoothly when your plumbing is functioning. Problems can come up in new homes as well as older homes. If you don’t tackle the problem, it can accelerate to bigger problems. You need to call a professional.

But, wait. More than $20 Million in sewer line repair fraud is happening right here in Colorado. You need to first have an impartial company inspect your sewer lines to pinpoint the problems. Then you can start shopping for a reputable company to repair them. Use this check list to make sure you are not the next victim.

  • Use a reputable company to have your sewer line inspected. They will be able to report that all is well down under or pinpoint exactly where a problem exists. This will reduce the repair costs since you will be able to see exactly where the problem exists. Use an impartial inspection company that doesn’t offer or sell repairs. Check their insurance and workman’s comp.
  • Check on the experience level of the inspectors employed by the sewer inspector. Are they trained to use equipment that lets them look inside utility pipes, water drains, and septic tanks to find debris and holes that may prevent the smooth flow of sewage?
  • Determine the best solution for the problem. Does your line need sewer rodding or is it better to use Vaporooter to clear the roots and deter further growth? Check on both options before you make a decision.
  • If the sewer inspector determines that there are problems, be sure to shop around for estimates from at least three contractors before you decide which one to choose for repairs. Talk to your friends, relatives, and neighbors for recommendations. You also can view contractors’ websites to get an overview of each business.
  • Your plumber needs to be qualified, experienced, and licensed. Be sure to get proof of insurance before selecting your contractor.
  • Check with your sewer contractor about the materials that will be used.
  • Ask for a guarantee. It covers expenses to perform corrective work. Look for a garantee that covers both material and labor.

Hydro Physics is dedicated to providing unbiased inspections of pipeline systems. So… is being “unbiased” really that important? Absolutely! Many companies use so called “low cost” or even “FREE” inspections to get in your door. Don’t be fooled – once there, they make huge money by selling repair and replacement work (including full sewer replacements), which 9 out of 10 times we have found are completely unnecessary.


Dear Potential Customer of Hydro Physics,

Not too long ago I had my sewer drainage pipe roto-rooted and scoped by a plumber in town.  He said we had a breach in the line and that we would need to have the line replaced sometime soon, and they would be happy do do the work. Since there have been several other people in our neighborhood who have had that kind of work done recently, I thought it was to be expected, and that we would have to bite the bullet and get it done.  The estimated costs were $5,000 to $10,000.  We decided we would take care of the “problem” this summer.

Because of the expected costs, I wanted to get a second opinion. This time, I had the pipe inspected by Hydro Physics. The people at Hydro Physics were very professional in their services, and objective in their evaluation of the pipe-line. The technician who inspected our pipe told me and showed me video images and pictures of the pipe, and that it was actually in very good condition. We did not need to have the pipe replaced or repaired, as suggested by the other plumber.  We were very thankful to hear that news!

Apparently, there are plumbers in the area who either mistakenly or fraudulently diagnose pipe problems in order to get additional business. Fortunately, Hydro Physics saved us from paying several thousands of dollars for unnecessary work. In addition, because they do not do excavation work to replace plumbing lines, they don’t have any conflicts of interest in the same. I highly recommend Hydro Physics to you!

Chuck Longtine, a grateful customer.

Sewer Camera Inspection – The Easiest Way to Locate Sewer Line Problems

When you are buying a home, selling your home, or just have sewer issues, this is the perfect time to bring in the professionals to assess your sewer system. These camera inspections can pinpoint and determine the problem.

The traditional sewer line diagnostics is a treasure hunt at best. It is done manually and destructively in your landscape or driveway. However, the camera inspection finds all the problems that your lines have such as cracks caused by tree roots, faulty installations, or total chaos on your sewer system. The sewer camera inspection can be done using a flexible wire with a tiny, water-proof camera at the end. Using this state-of-the-art technology, the sewer expert can pinpoint any damage in your sewer lines. It speeds the process of finding the cause of your problems and if there are none, assures the new owner or seller that they have good pipes. If there are problems, this report can save thousands of dollars in repairs knowing exactly the extent of the damage and where it is located.

Compare these methods of locating sewer issues and you will always choose the camera inspection for accuracy and dependability. Read More