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In October of 2006, my husband and I began looking for a landscaper who had the skills necessary to do major excavation and rock walls in our backyard. We called many businesses and had several bids. What impressed us from the start was Anchored Excavation professionalism. Nathan came when he said he was going to, called when he said he would and came in with a fair bid.

Nathan showed up consistently when he said he would and completed the job when promised.

The rock walls are structurally sound and because of Nathan's expertise, they are absolutely beautiful.

We encountered some issues because of the age of our home and Nathan went above and beyond to help solve these problems.

We couldn't be happier with Nathan and Anchored Excavation's work and would recommend him to anyone in need of someone with technical skills and an artistic eye.

Alexandra Wilcox



Sewer Replacement with Anchored Excavation

by Lauren on July 12, 2011 -- saltlakedenizen.com

Sewer line replacement. Very exciting stuff, right? Not really, I know. However, if you live in one of the thousands of hundred-or-so-year-old homes scattered throughout Salt Lake City, it’s probably something you’ve pondered.

A couple months ago, my husband and I found the PERFECT home for our growing family. We loved the location, the size, the style, the decor and the price. The only problem? The basement was flooded with…well…poop. After some investigation, we found that our 1917-era, cast-iron and clay sewer line was buckling in multiple places underground. To make matters worse, the line was shared with our neighbor. Yep, you got it. Neighbor’s sewage. Flowing. Into. Our. Basement.

The odor and sewage in the home were only the tip of the iceberg. We checked into getting a liner placed in the existing line (a much cheaper alternative to getting a full sewer line replacement), but it wasn’t an option because of the condition of the line. Next, we looked into replacing the shared line as is, but the city no longer allows shared lines (the old ones are grandfathered into the system, but if you replace a line, you have to have separate ones for each house).

The only option was to split both homes off the shared line, remove it, and install two completely new lines from the homes to the city sewer in the middle of 1700 South. Booger.

So, we did it. And honestly? We couldn’t be happier. We worked together with our awesome neighbors to hammer out estimates from four different companies, and we both agreed to get new water line put in, too, since we had to rip up the neighbor’s driveway (might as well get everything done at once, we figured). For our house, we also replaced the main stack since it was an old cast iron pipe with a couple large cracks in it. My husband did that work himself, but Anchored Excavation had to run it under our foundation to give him a new tie-in. Speaking of Anchored Excavation; I couldn’t recommend them more highly. We worked with Jeff Bowcutt to get the estimate and work done, and he was with us every step of the way explaining the process and helping us to deal with the city permitting department (another booger).

Here’s what I learned from the process:

  • Sewer lines are not cheap. We could have bought a small, new Volkswagen with what we spent on ours. And that’s only our half. (The neighbor’s paid almost the same, minus the new stack tie-in placed under the foundation of the house.)
  • Sewer liners are a great, inexpensive (relatively) fix for a sewer line with minor problems. Ours had major problems.
  • It’s good to have great neighbors. We wouldn’t have purchased the home had we not known our neighbors would cooperate with us on this repair.
  • Cast iron and clay should not be used for sewer pipes.
  • Anticipate the worst when having a sewer line replaced. And be flexible. There’s no way to know what lurks below the dirt until you dig it up.
  • Get several estimates. And if you don’t feel like a company can handle the job, they probably can’t. We felt super confident with Anchored and were not disappointed.
  • Be prepared for the job to take twice as long as you were originally told.
  • Take photos of the street before the job is done, especially if it is damaged. Otherwise, the city might hold you liable for cracks (presumably) caused by the heavy equipment used in your repair.
  • Consider getting permits from the city yourself. Some sewer line replacement companies will charge you an arm and a leg for this. Anchored didn’t, so we let them handle it. They didn’t even charge a markup. The city permits should cost around $500.
  • There are all kinds of city code requirements that must be followed in order to have a “legal” sewer line. Make absolutely sure the company you choose to do the repair is familiar with all these specs. There are far too many for me to remember or go into in this post, but trust me…you want someone else to know these. Anchored was great about getting all the answers we needed in order to pass inspection.
  • Having a sewer line put in on your baby’s due date probably isn’t the best way to follow the “no-stress” orders from one’s midwife. Oh well. We all survived!

Here are a few photos I snapped with my iPhone during the repair (sorry that the quality isn’t awesome):

The view from my front porch on the day the replacement commenced. Bringing in the big boys! Okay, maybe not. But it had to fit between our houses...
Is that thing going to fit?! Neighbor's driveway...gone...
The trench in 1700 S to access the city main. Accessing the main stack tie-in of my house.
Me. Helping. Clearly. Ensuring the sides of the trench don't kill anyone.
The beautiful new line! New cleanouts for both our neighbors and us.


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