Today we’re sharing more about trenchless sewer repair. Take a look at this video, which shows what goes into this type of repair and what owners can expect. In the previous post, we covered some of the preparation work before the actual repair. We also want to let you know how our plumbing team gets into the thick of things as they install the new pipe and access point.
For this particular job, our team used a welding process call butt welding (also known as heat fusion) to join to pieces of pipe together to fit the length repair site. This method involves simultaneous heating both pieces of HDPE – High Density Polyethylene – up to 400-450 degrees Fahrenheit and pressing them together for 4.5 minutes per inch of pipe. When done correctly, the joint between the two pieces of pipe becomes indistinguishable.
Next, our team members install the hydraulic ram used to drag the new line through the tunnel, making sure to use a faceplate to reinforce the worksite and help protect the surrounding landscape. They install a bursting cone on the other end of the new line and start pulling. As it travels, the bursting cone breaks up the old pipe and expands the bore diameter slightly larger than the new pipe — helping reduce friction. The new pipe travels approximately 1-2 feet per pull.
While part of the team focuses on pulling the new line, another one of our plumbers works on a new cleanout point. After the repair is complete, they’ll make a patch between the original plumbing and the repaired section. Then they’ll create a covered entrance point so that the section can be easily accessed in the future if it ever needs to be examined with a camera scope or cleaned out. All the pipe fittings are equipped with shielded Fernco to prevent plant roots from growing into connection points.
If you have any questions about sewer repairs or replacements, give Best Plumbing a call at 206-633-1700. Before disaster strikes, make sure that your sewer lines are in good working order. We’ve proudly served greater Seattle and Bellevue areas since 1968!
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A common issue homeowners experience is damage to their side sewer due to improper maintenance. Buildups of fats, oils, grease, and cleaners can cause a back up into your home. Furthermore, natural elements like plants and roots could damage the pipes and cause big issues. New homeowners may not realize that the responsibility for sewer lines up to the sidewalk in front of a home is theirs.
Whether you need an inspection, a repair, or a total replacement, Best Plumbing can help. With a first inspection, we’ll be able to see if there are any areas showing signs of damage. Depending on the issue, we can save the trouble of an entire replacement. However, if a replacement is necessary we have trusted methods with minimal disruption to your life as possible.
Drains in our kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms, garages, and more play an essential role in every home. We often overlook these spaces, right up until they cause problems. If you aare experiencing drains not actually draining water immediately, that is a sign that things aen’t working properly.
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This video on our Youtube channel provides a great overview of a rooting and sewer line repair we did for a Seattle homeowner.
After our plumbing team arrived on the site, one of the first things they did was to locate a sewer cleanout and use a camera scope to perform a video inspection of the line to figure out where the problem was located. They were quickly able to determine that a broken side-sewer outside caused the backup. These sorts of breaks commonly develop when plant roots grow into and expand hairline fractures in older pipes. It highlights how getting your pipes rooted periodically — especially if you have trees on your property — can help prevent costly sewer repairs.
After they pinpointed the location and determined severity of the break, our plumbers decided that trenchless sewer repair methods would be the most effective and least disruptive way to replace the broken section of the side sewer. First they dug small holes at either end of the pipe section to be replaced. They then used a Jetter (a high pressure water jet) to cut out roots and clear out any debris. After the pipe was clear, our plumbers used a technique called cured in place pipe (CIPP), to create a whole new pipe within the shell of the broken section. This new pipe was then seamlessly attached to the city sewer line and the side-sewer attachment point for the house.
After passing an inspection by the Seattle Public Utilities Department, the dirt was put back in the holes and the job was done. The whole job only took three days, and we were able to arrange it so that our clients never lost plumbing service and were able to use their facilities the entire time!
We are available 24/7 to provide expert plumbing service to residents of the greater Puget Sound area. We proudly serve the greater King County area. Call us today at (206) 633-1700 for any of your plumbing needs!