Every Mile Begins With an Inch


By: Patrick Hooper You’ve likely heard the radio ads, television commercials or seen the banners online–companies in any number of service industries offering “special deals” on maintenance, cleanings, checkups, inspections, free estimates, etc. These “special” deals can be offered for things such as heating & … Continue reading



Just Say NO! to Thin-Walled PVC


By: Patrick Hooper If you’ve read any of my blog or facebook posts about substandard pipe–which you can find here or here–you are aware of the serious problems associated with using weak, inferior pipe material for underground drain line. After having the front gutter on my house re-pitched … Continue reading



Caveat Emptor—That’s Our Specialty


By: Patrick Hooper When it comes to making a buck, there are those who will say anything to take your money from you. While this exists in most all walks of life, the sewer line repair industry can be among the most costly when it … Continue reading



Spot Repair—Sometimes, Less Really is Less


By: Patrick Hooper Mainline Inspection Services is an unbiased consultative company—not a sales organization. It is our job to visually inspect and objectively evaluate the condition of underground sewer and drain lines and advise our customers on the best, most cost-effective options for remediation. We … Continue reading



SCH 40 PVC PIPE—All the Time, Every Time!


By: Patrick Hooper On my way to an inspection the other day, I pulled up alongside a pickup truck that was towing an excavator, and what appeared to be PVC drain pipe.After a closer look, I realized that the drain pipe this contractor was carrying—presumably … Continue reading



Hold Your Horses—One Inspection at a Time


By: Patrick Hooper As a consultative company, we pride ourselves on our honesty and objectivity. In fact, we like to say that “We Get Paid to be Honest”—even though sometimes, we don’t. Our consulting service doesn’t only begin after a customer agrees to hire M.I.S., … Continue reading



FLEX PIPE! What is it good for?


By: Patrick Hooper In addition to sewer lines and sanitary infrastructure, M.I.S. also performs inspections on footer drains  (a.k.a. foundation, perimeter or curtain drains) and downspout lines. The kind of pipe used for sewer lines is pretty standard, normally SDR 35 or SCH 40 PVC … Continue reading



Mainline Inspection Services: A Case Study


By: Patrick Hooper If you’ve been to our website, read our blog, or hired us to perform an inspection, you know what Mainline Inspection Services is all about. Our objective is to provide honest, unbiased assessments of sanitary infrastructure and storm water lines and consult … Continue reading



Beating the Soggy Basment Blues — Don’t Panic


By: Patrick Hooper Though not all that uncommon, water in the basement is a serious problem that can damage walls and floors, destroy carpeting, ruin furniture, lead to mold—a very dangerous and expensive problem to eliminate–and create the perfect breeding ground for termites and cockroaches, … Continue reading



Sewer Repair: Excavation vs. Reline


By: Patrick Hooper Currently, the two most common methods of repairing a damaged sewer line is a Full Line Replacement, and what is known as a Reline, sometimes referred to as a Sleeve. If an inspection reveals serious issues with the sewer lateral that can … Continue reading



Avoiding the Sewer Scammer


By: Patrick Hooper I know and trust that most sewer repair providers–plumbers, excavators, contractors, etc.–are honest, hard-working folk who want nothing more than to offer customers ethical, straightforward solutions to their problems. I work with many such service providers, who, not wanting to offer repair … Continue reading



The Story Behind Mainline Inspection Services


By: Patrick Hooper I want nothing more out of my daily personal and professional interactions than to deal with others honestly and be dealt with honestly. Over the years I have held several sales jobs. For a salesperson, the pressure to meet and exceed revenue … Continue reading