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Paullina Plumbing Problems Downtown


February 7, 2019

By Mari Radtke

Sewer backup to buildings on the east side of the 100 block of North Main Street in Paullina has been a problem for a long time. No one knows exactly how long. Or why the problem existed. Until recently.

Summer Flooding put a new push to getting to the root cause, closing Hawkeye Bar for several days to get their sewer line cleaned out. But the problem has recurred, again closing the business and making working in the other businesses unpleasant, this time for more than a week.

According to Jeremy Bush several plumbing companies have been brought in to solve the problem once and for all. Digging in front of Bengard & Associates late last week finished work at their property. The entire block is affected from Commerce Street to the Bengard and Associates.

Angie Johannsen explained the situation. The sewer lines at Benner’s building run south and connect to the sewer line at the Liquor Store. That line continues south into the sewer line under The Hawkeye that connects to Bengard & Associates. The sewer line at Bengaard turns west, runs under the sidewalk and connects to the Main. The section of pipe under the sidewalk flowing west collapsed at some point.

Because of the unexpected path and the darkness in the lines, the camera work didn’t pinpoint the correct location for the collapsed line that stopped the flow and eventually caused repeated backups.

The collapsed section of pipe has been replaced and should finally solve the problem.


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