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At Apollo Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning, we have decades of experiencing fixing sewer lines for the residents and business owners of Oregon and Washington. Our services have evolved beyond digging the sewer lines out of the ground in order to address the problem. Instead, we employ inspection techniques and tools to assist our experts in diagnosing the problems and ensure that the solutions we recommend are accurate and long-lasting.

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Sewer Scopes & Video Inspections

In order to determine if the problem is simply a clog or a full-scale pipeline collapse, an accurate diagnosis is needed before repairs can begin. Our team at Apollo Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning uses state-of-the-art video camera systems to inspect pipe and sewer lines. There’s no need to turn your yard into a muddy mess by excavating. We can inspect your sewer or storm system without damaging the plumbing or landscaping.

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How Sewer Scopes Work

We inspect sewers with a long fiber-optic cable and attached camera. The camera cable is fed through an access point into the sanitary or storm sewer line. The technician will then monitor the images on a video screen. With this specialized equipment, we’re able to see clogs, cracks, tree roots and more. If we locate damage we can electronically locate repairs that need to be addressed. Using the information gathered by the inspection, Apollo’s experienced technicians can recommend the best, most cost-effective solution.

Leak Detection Portland Oregon

There are several scenarios when a sewer inspection is a good idea. Here are some of the reasons you may want to look underground:

Check Party Sewer Lines

Some buildings in Portland share a sewer line. Because party lines are considered unsafe, the city requires that these systems be repaired. If your sewer taps into another system, to meet code, you’ll need to reroute the pipes. A sewer inspection expedites repairs because a plumber can see what needs to be done before digging.

Locate Tree Roots

Some older systems are plagued by tree roots. Clay and cement pipes often have small leaks that allow water to seep into the surrounding soil. Trees are attracted to the moisture. The roots grow into the cracks, making the damage worse. Without a sewer scope, however, it’s not possible to confirm that roots are the source of a backup. Once our plumbers find a root mass, they cut through the tangle and repair the pipe.

Real-Estate Inspections

While inspectors are often hired to check a house prior to closing on a deal, Sewer inspections are included in these real-estate inspections. If you want to know about the state of your potential home’s pipes, the time to check things out is before you buy. A sewer scope can alert you to problems with the sewer system and ensure that the problem is fixed before purchasing the home.


Locating pipes is essential before a major remodel. If you’re planning on remodeling or excavating, a sewer scope coupled with sonar location of pipes is important. With our sonar equipment, we can locate the pipes on your property before you begin digging. A sewer scope gives you further information about the state of your sewer.

Find Old Cesspools

Portland’s historic neighborhoods predate the public sewer system. Old homes relied on cesspools and septic systems. In some cases, these old systems were not decommissioned. If you suspect an old cesspool is creating problems, our team at Apollo Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning can inspect your pipes. When cesspools are connected to a sewer line, they can lead to a sinkhole or create other hazards once they become worn out.

With sewer camera inspections, we can not only diagnose problems, but we can also take measures to quickly repair the problem. For instance, a cracked pipe may be fixed using cured-in-place pipe (CIPP) lining, a trenchless method of repair. Whether your pipes need work or not, an inspection can give you peace of mind.

Sewer Line Repair

If you need sewer line repairs, depend on Apollo Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning for fast, reliable services. Our team of professionals can handle the task, employing spot repairs, sewer hookups, storm-line work, or install a completely new sewer line. We can even work on your pipes without digging up your yard.

Black-Water Waste Solutions

Are you dealing with black-water waste at your home or business? We can clean up and remove the unsanitary and unsightly mess. Our sewer pump ejector stations are the ideal solution for black-water waste. The ejector station converts solids to a slurry that can then be completely removed. Our plumbers work quickly, ensuring the waste is cleared away and moved to the appropriate sewage station.

Trenchless Repairs

Sewer repair can be messy and inconvenient when it includes digging up your property. At Apollo Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning, we have no-dig methods for repairing any problem. Cured-in-place pipe (CIPP) lining is a technique that fixes pipes without digging. It’s a long-lasting, dependable solution to repair damaged drain and sewer systems, making it an eco-friendly, affordable, and quick service. We can save you time, money, and disruption with our trenchless services.

Our team of specialists has the experience and equipment to take on industrial, commercial, and residential sanitary and storm sewer projects. We’re available 247, 365 days a year for emergency repairs, in addition to offering other services for anything our customers require.

Party Sewer Line

Party sewer lines describe a home or business’s sewer line is shared by one or more properties before entering the public sewer mainline. In Portland, party sewer lines are considered non-conforming to the city codes, and because of this, they need to be upgraded to meet current standards. A party sewer line that is considered non-conforming features two or more private pipe lines joining and sharing a single connecting pipe to the public sewer line. These systems can have many problems associated with them, including:

  • Health risks
  • Real-estate transaction delays
  • Denial of certain permits
  • Legal and financial complications

At Apollo Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning, we offer free evaluations to determine if your home has a party sewer line installed and recommend the best way to upgrade the system, and we do this with an inspection. With a video scope, our technicians will conduct a video sewer inspection of your sewer system and determine if it’s part of a party sewer line system.

Our video camera inspection will show the inner workings of your sewer pipe and provide the information necessary to begin adjustments or to provide the proof that you are in good standing. If we find that your home or business has a guest line to the sewer party, we will assist you in the transition.

New Connections

Looking to connect and install new sewer and water lines to your home or business? Since 1984, Apollo Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning has provided homeowners and businesses in the Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington metro areas with new connections to their city’s waste and water systems. Our expert technicians service and install all types of underground connections for residences and commercial properties, including:

  • Sewer and water lines
  • Mainline taps
  • Mainline extensions

Connection Permits

Sewer line connection charges vary from area to area. The costs depend largely on the size and use of your property, as well as your local county or district regulations. When sewer lines are made available to your property, you should receive a connection notice summary of your charges. In most counties, these charges must be paid or financed before we can get a sewer connection permit. There are options for low-income property owners. Connection loans or deferrals may be available for you, and we are happy to assist with this process. At Apollo Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning, our established name and reputation makes us uniquely qualified to help you with your sewer or water connection permits.

Call Apollo Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning To Learn More About Us

At Apollo Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning, we are happy to assist our customers with anything they need, from inspections to sewer line repairs and connections, we have the experience and knowledge necessary to make informed, careful decisions that will meet all of our customer’s needs and expectations in Oregon and Washington. Call Apollo Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning today at 503-395-0900 for a consultation.

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Trenchless Repair FAQs

What is trenchless sewer repair?

Trenchless sewer repair refers to several technologies that allow us to clean out or repair your sewer pipes without digging up your whole yard. Traditional sewer repair involves digging a trench along the entire length of your sewer line, from your home to where it joins the city’s line in the street. This often involved taking out grass, trees, sidewalks, driveways, and more! With trenchless sewer repair, you can get a long-lasting fix to your sewer problem without all that hassle and expense. 

How do you know what is going on in my sewer without digging it up to take a look?

We’ll send a small camera on a flexible cable down the entire length of your sewer line. Our camera gives us a clear, 360-degree view of your entire sewer line. It allows us to see any clogs in the line, cracks or breaks in the pipe, or other potential problems with the line. It also allows us to determine the exact location of the problems so we can target our repairs accordingly. 

What is hydro jetting?

Hydro jetting involves shooting a controlled, concentrated stream of water into your pipes. We can direct this stream so that it targets the scum and scale that has built up on the sides of your pipes or so that it decimates clogs in the lines. The water is so concentrated that it can break up even tough clogs, including some tree roots. After hydro jetting, your clog won’t just be gone, but the insides of your pipes will look brand new. 

What is cured-in-place piping (CIPP)?

Cured-in-place piping technology allows us to reline your sewer pipes without having to dig up the line. We turn the liner inside out and cover the inside with epoxy. Then, we run the liner into your line until it covers the crack or break in your sewer pipe. Our machines turn the pipe liner right side out again, allowing the epoxy to adhere to the existing pipe. Then we heat the inside of the liner so the epoxy can form a lasting seal. When we’re done, your pipe will have a brand new interior lining. 

How long will CIPP last?

The project duration for your CIPP repair will vary based on the products we use, the length of pipe replaced, and other factors. However, many products come with a 10-year warranty and you can actually expect them to last for 50 years or more. The liner resists corrosion by water and other substances and provides a barrier that repels tree roots, too. 

Will trenchless sewer repair save me money?

Most of the time, trenchless sewer repair is not only the fastest and easiest way to fix your sewer line, but it’s also the cheapest, too. While we cannot quote a price for your project until we know what is going on in your sewer line and what you need to have done, experience has shown that trenchless repairs almost always cost less than those done via traditional methods. 


Trenchless repair is cheaper simply because you don’t have to pay to have your yard dug up and you don’t have to pay to have it put back together when we’re done, either. Eliminating these costs means that all you pay for is the repair itself.

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    Apollo jetted the basement drain line in our old 1927 Portland house. The line has been backing up thru the floor drain for a while. The technician cleared out the line with the hydro-jet, and it’s running great now. On-time and professional!


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    Apollo Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning was on time, professional, and very knowledgeable. He took the time to inspect our rain drain to our dry well and do everything he could to alleviate the issue. I would highly recommend Apollo, they were informative and straight forward. Honesty is obviously a value they uphold for their customers.


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    I can’t begin to tell you how pleased we were with the service we received today from Anthony. He was incredibly personable and friendly. He went above and beyond and made the service call painless. Anthony took care of our clogged train in no time. Apollo and Anthony are the best! We highly recommend them.


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