Sewer Scope SCAM

We have heard from a few people lately who feel they were caught in a Sewer Scope Scam
sewer repair_ctaThis would include what is called a Sewer Replacement Scam, Video Sewer Scope Scam, Sewer Snake Scam, or Sewer Camera Scam.

Here are some red flags to look for if you are worried you are being or have been scammed:

1. You are not allowed to have a copy of the video that was taken without an additional charge.

If you have your line scoped (video camera inspection performed), and you paid for that service, it should include a copy of the DVD. You are free to take this DVD and use it to get a second opinion. Call your local Sanitation Department, or another sewer company and ask if they will watch the DVD and give a second opinion. This should cost little to nothing.

2. You are pressured to make an immediate decision.

The pain of having a sewer line that is not functioning is significant enough without the pain of being pressured into a large purchase. Most sewer replacements and sewer repairs we have heard about lately have been between $3500-$25,000. This is a HUGE hit to any budget. Make a quick decision, but make it after you have gotten a second and even third opinion.

3. You haven’t ever had a sewer issue, or this is your first sewer issue.

Rarely have we seen a sewer line that backs up once and is broken. Usually there is a troubling, on-going problem. There are, however, times when there were no problems and the ground settled, or roots built up slowly and systematically until nothing could get through. There are times that preventative maintenance could have kept something in check, that is now a massive problem. Sometimes, it is hard to get through the line and a suggestion is made to replace the area of pipe that is clogged. The price and headache to continue laboring to remove the clog should be checked against that of replacing the line.

4. All your neighbors (or some of your neighbors) had their sewer lines replaced.

Peer pressure is no reason to get a sewer line replaced. Just because someone tells you that your neighbor needed a new sewer line, doesn’t mean you need to. Unless the neighborhood is sitting on a sinkhole, or part of a class action suit against the builder, get a specific look at your own line and determine if the need is there. Would you get a cast on your arm if your neighbor broke theirs?


Have more questions? Contact the Denver-area sewer cleaners who believe in integrity. Give Garvin’s Sewer Service a call today!


Bathrooms (and drain cleaning) of the Future

When I was a kid, I loved the Jetsons.

I really did think when I was an adult, the world would be like that. Although, I couldn’t do the math to figure out that in 2062, the time of the show, I would be 86 years old. That’s a long time to wait for a servant robot.

Well, we almost are using TV Screen Phones (with FaceTime, Skype and the like). But we don’t have flying cars and I haven’t figured out how to get my dog to walk on a treadmill, or have a machine dress me, apply my make-up AND cook my breakfast all in less than 10 seconds.

Nonetheless, we are living in a time where inventions are flowing like waterfalls on chiseled cliffs. So what will bathrooms of the future look like? And how will they affect sewer cleaners like us. Will bathrooms all have bidets?


After all, bidets do cut down on toilet paper use significantly.


Will they all be self-cleaning?



Maybe every drain will have a sink disposal, like Kramer did when he had a disposal in his shower on Seinfeld?


No matter what, we look forward to seeing the solutions (and problems) that arise concerning sewer cleaning. After all, Garvin’s has been at this for 75 years, and we’re sure to see some changes in the next 75!

Toy in the Toilet might mean drain cleaning

dreamstime_xxl_22824764As a mom, we have to deal with a lot of stuff.

Drama when kids fight over a toy.

Drama as our child goes to their first day of school.

Drama as our kid has their first serious sickness or injury.

Drama as our children complain about the food they are served.

Kids don’t mean to be drama queens. But they are. And as moms, we manage it- either by being drama queens ourselves, having our own tantrums, having a glass of wine after dinner, taking a hot bath, or going out on a date night with friends or a partner. (Or the half million other strategies we have found to manage all that is Parenting.)

My favorite thing about parenting is that we are all doing our best. We don’t ever wake up in the morning and say, “Today, I’m going to be a terrible parent.” We all do our best.

And, our kids help us mature in “our best efforts” by teaching us, in their very special way, how to manage drama.

What do you do when your child flushes a toy?

1. First, accept that you are being given an opportunity to manage some drama. Drama Management 201.

2. Second, a plunger usually doesn’t work. Don’t bother.


Even if you are able to push the item through, it doesn’t mean it won’t cause a clog. We actually had a customer that required a sewer camera to find out what the problem was and there was a toy car perfectly (or frustratingly) wedged at a bend that caused several back-ups. Which means in some cases you may want to:


3. Third, pull the toilet.

Some handy folks can do this themselves, but most people prefer to call a plumber. There are YouTube videos on how to do this, if you want to see what it takes and be adventurous.


In all, it is better to retrieve the flushed child’s toy rather than to “push it through”. So, get some towels and get out your rubber gloves, Momma. Or, better yet, delegate this task to someone else.

And then get some child locks for the toilet until they are a little older.

Congratulations, you have met the prerequisite for Drama Management 301. I expect your reports by next Monday. Or next Mother’s Day. Whenever you have time, really.