It to hire a professional plumber yearly for a thorough inspection of residential plumbing. A professional has the tools and skills to detect issues that a non-plumber might miss. However, this does not mean you always have to get a pro plumber to notice common plumbing issues. Keep an eye out for these things.For a…
Trenchless Pipe Lining Can Save More Than Just the Pipes
You may be thinking, "Why do I need to know about trenchless pipe lining?" Well, you may have landed a starter home, your dream home or something in between, and are wondering just what your new laundry list of responsibilities is. Just like with most parts of the house, the plumbing is your responsibility too, even the sewer and water lines buried underground — even the ones that go out into the street.
So, what do you do when an underground pipe bursts?
What causes pipes to break and leak?
Pipes crack and fail for a number of reasons. If the house is located in a cold region, the pipes can freeze, the ice expands and the now-brittle pipes burst like an overstuffed sausage. Tree roots can also infiltrate the pipe either through loose joints or tiny cracks, and they can grow and widen the crack — or simply fill the pipe with a network of roots that ultimately cause it to fail.
The other factor is, of course, time. Older iron and clay pipes simply corrode or become brittle as they age, and eventually split on their own.
The responsibilities fall on the homeowner
Being king or queen of the castle has its downsides — namely, the castle is now your problem. When a pipe breaks and floods the lawn or the street, it becomes your responsibility to fix. This includes things like rerouting traffic, paying for gutting the street or sidewalk and taking care of all the permits that come from dealing with government bureaucracy.
Replacing a pipe traditionally
Traditionally, an underground pipe has to be dug up; this is done by first excavating massive trenches above the pipes so they can access and replace the entire line. This tears up the lawn, the driveway, sidewalk and possibly even the street in front of the home.
This process is loud, expensive, time-consuming and potentially requires things like hiring people to redirect traffic around the construction and a dozen other costs that crop up. Luckily, there is a more modern, innovative and less expensive option to replacing a busted pipe.
The benefits of trenchless pipe lining
Trenchless pipe lining is exactly what it sounds like: replacing or fixing a pipe without having to dig everything up. Instead, a special epoxy-treated liner is threaded into the broken pipe from a pre-existing access point and then inflated once in place. The epoxy on the liner reacts and hardens the liner, making it just as a strong as the surrounding pipe.
When it is done, the pipe’s structural integrity has been bolstered or outright replaced, with a new hard, waterproof liner shunting waste or water.
Time to contact a pro
If you have come home from work to find a soggy lawn or a driveway flooded with water (or worse), it may be time to contact a plumbing professional who knows how to deploy trenchless pipe lining to save you tons of money, time and municipal frustration.
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