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After SLIP Staff reviews your Sewer Lateral Inspection Video, if your Sewer Lateral has any defects, you will receive a Repair Notification Letter indicating you if your Sewer Lateral needs to be repaired, rehabilitated, or replaced. If your Sewer Lateral does not have any defect, you will receive a Certificate of Compliance. Additionally, there is the possibility that your Repair Notification Letter also indicates that your Sewer Lateral Connection should be replaced, if that is the case, please make sure to scroll down this site to see the options available to replace your Sewer Lateral Connection.

If your receive a Repair Notification Letter indicating that your Sewer Lateral needs to be repaired, rehabilitated or replaced, the recommended steps are:

  1. Obtain Multiple Quotes: Contact appropriately-licensed plumbing contractors to get quotes or estimates. Every lateral will have different repair needs, so be sure to ask your contractor about alternative repair methods.
  2. Review your Contractor's Proposal and Make a Selection: Quotes or proposals should clearly explain work to be done, permits required, who will obtain and pay for permits, how the site will be restored and cleaned-up, and payment terms.
  3. Obtain a Permit for the Work from the City through your Contractor: Never hire a contractor who says sewer repair work can be done without a permit. Remember that for Residential City Initiated SLIP Cases some permit fees are waived. Feel free to ask the SLIP Team about it.

Useful Technical Information to Know Before You Talk with a Plumbing Contractor

Repair

  • Point repairs, or spot repairs, can work when the existing pipe is in good condition but there are only few, distinct repair locations.
  •  If this is the option recommended by the City, your Repair Notification Letter will identify the locations of the repairs.

Rehabilitate

  • Pipe rehabilitation involves installing a liner to repair a portion of or the entire lateral. Access is typically through a small pit or clean-out.

  • This method, typically called Cured-in-Place-Pipe (CIPP) Lining, uses a seamless felt tube which is saturated with resin and then hardened or cured. This is a cost effective repair option to rehabilitate an entire sewer lateral, please scroll to the bottom of the site for more information about this method.

  • This method may also require point repairs prior to inserting the liner or when the connection requires replacement.

Replace

  • Replacement involves removing and replacing the existing pipe.

  •  There are several methods available for pipe replacement. The City encourages you to determine the best option for you and your property, including trenching or pipe bursting.

  •  Your Repair Notification Letter will state replace or rehabilitate lateral if there are several locations or defects that would make the replacement the best option.

Sewer Lateral Connection Replacement

If your connection to the City's main sewer line is defective, your Repair Notification Letter will indicate that your Sewer Lateral Connection should be replaced. You should know about a few cost effective options that the City has made available to you to replace or repair your connection.

Option 1: Lateral Connection Replacement by Private Contractor

This option involves a plumber performing other work on the sewer lateral and preparing the excavation for the City's contractor to execute the lateral connection replacement.

The fee for this option covers the contract price for the City's contractor to execute the Sewer Lateral Connection Replacement once your Sewer Lateral Connection is exposed by your plumber. There may be other permit fees depending on the scope of the work and method your plumber elects to repair, replace, or rehabilitate your sewer lateral.

What does the property owner needs to do?

The property owner selects the plumber who obtains the necessary permits, schedules the Lateral Connection Replacement, excavates, performs the work within the excavated pit, back-fills and restore the excavated surface.

When this is recommended?

  • This option is recommended when you are making repairs to the sewer lateral in the vicinity of the connection to the city main or your are replacing/rehabilitating the entire Sewer Lateral and the contractor needs an excavation near the connection.

Option 2: Lateral Connection Replacement by City Contractor

This option includes the Lateral Connection Replacement by the City's contractor through traditional excavations methods and does not involve any repairs to the lateral outside the 4ft x 4ft excavation. The City's contractor prepares excavation, installs new Lateral Connection, back-fills and restores pavement, all under City's standards.

The fee for this option covers the locating services by City staff, Lateral Connection Replacement, back-filling and restoring pavement, all under City standards.

What does the property owner needs to do?

Property owner reviews, signs, and returns Sewer Lateral Connection Replacement Option 2 Agreement along with payment to Public Works' Permit Counter. SLIP staff guides property owner through process by coordinating work and notifying property owner after the work is completed.

Click here for a copy of the Sewer Lateral Connection Replacement Option 2 Agreement.

When this is recommended?

  • This option is recommended when the only defect on your Sewer Lateral is at the connection to the City main sewer line. If other work is necessary on the Sewer Lateral, this option might not be the most cost-effective to repair the defective Sewer Lateral Connection.

Option 3: Trenchless Lateral Connection Replacement Rehabilitation (Capital Project)

This option uses the City's specialized trenchless contractor assigned to the Capital Project to seal and effectively renew the Sewer Lateral Connection to a newly lined sewer main without the need for excavating to expose the lateral connection.

The fee for this option covers the costs for the City's trenchless contractor to install the Sewer Lateral Connection rehabilitation device, also know as tophat, with no digging required.

Eligibility: To be eligible for this option, your lateral must be connected to a sewer main on the current annual Capital Project. Your Repair Notification Letter will indicate Rehabilitation of Lateral Connection if this option is available to you.

What does the owner needs to do?

Property owner reviews, signs, and returns the Sewer Lateral Connection Replacement Option 3 Agreement along with payment to SLIP Staff. SLIP Staff will then coordinate this work through the project's contractor and notify property owner after the work is completed.

Click here for a copy of the Sewer Lateral Connection Replacement Option 3 Agreement.

When this is recommended?

  • This option is recommended when the lateral connection is defective and there isn't any clear reason to excavate the connection.
  • This option can be paired with trenchless sewer lateral lining using the Cured-in-Place-Pipe (CIPP) lining repair method for a full trenchless rehabilitation of the Sewer Lateral.
  • If other work is necessary on the Sewer Lateral and the plumber elects to excavate near the connection, this option might not be the most cost effective to repair the defective Sewer Lateral Connection.

Cured-in-Place-Pipe (CIPP)

The City of Santa Barbara's Sewer Lateral Inspection Program Team is encouraging residents to consider using a trenchless method of rehabilitation called Cured-in-Place-Pipe (CIPP) lining whenever feasible. This method can be a competitive alternative to trenchless pipe bursting or conventional trenching methods to replace Sewer Laterals. The felt-resin liner is typically installed through a clean-out or a small access pit on your property and uses your existing clay or cast iron pipe already in the ground as a host pipe to rehabilitate or renew your sewer lateral. Because the liner the liner does not have any joints, it is a great method to extend the useful life of your existing sewer lateral by improving the structural integrity of your sewer lateral and eliminate problematic maintenance and environmental issues commonly found on sewer laterals, such as roots, infiltration, and exfiltration.

The City does not specifically endorse any private plumbing company. Instead, the companies listed below are those who are know to the City who have used the CIPP lining method:

Company Name Contact 

 All-Phase Plumbing, Inc.

(805) 964-1088 / app@appsb.net 
 Arroyo Trenchless, Inc. (805) 699-1717 / lisa@arroyotrenchless.com 
 B.J. Plumbing (805) 896-7331 / jprjmuri@aol.com 
 Drain Masters (805) 680-5156 / (805) 896-0946 / drainmasters805@gmail.com 
 Express Rooter (805) 331-4341 / (805) 964-5654 / burtshort7@gmail.com
 National Plant Services, Inc. (925) 262-7366 / (510) 876-5412 / mbeason@nationalplant.com
 Quick Response (805) 896-2937 / qrpbobby@gmail.com

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Last Updated: Jul 13, 2020
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