The plumbing system in your house consists of a complex network of pipes which drain the wastewater towards the main sewer line. Since this line is hidden, it is not so easy to know when it has cracked or broken. And by not repairing your sewer line as soon as possible you are setting yourself up for much bigger problems in the nearby future.
Unless you do regular inspections to verify the conditions of your sewer line, detecting a broken pipe can be a difficult task. However, there are a few warning signs you should keep in mind, and as soon as you notice any of them, you need to take immediate action.
If your water drains very slowly, or perceive an unpleasant rotten smell outside your house, you might have a sewer line problem. Unusual landscape growth is an easy way to notice a sewer line failure. Leaks will cause grass to appear lush in concentrated areas, which could indicate a broken pipe.
As soon as you discover any of these issues, you need to get your pipes repaired. Not long ago, even a small fix meant having to dig out the pipe, which could take days to get done and was very expensive. Even worse, after the problem was solved, you were left with a huge mess you had to clean up. Nowadays, thanks to new technology that has become available to professional plumbers, there is no need to destroy your walls of floors to gain access to the pipes.
This new method is what we call trenchless sewer pipe lining, and in Parma, OH we are experts in providing this service.
First of all, the sewer line will be inspected by a video camera, which will let us know the exact location of any pipe parts that need to be repaired. We will then clean the pipe using a high-pressure water stream to get rid of any debris.
Once the pipe has been cleaned, it is ready to be refurbished. A liner is pulled into a calibration tube, and epoxy is poured into it. The liner is then “wet out,” to ensure that all the fibers in the liner are completely saturated with epoxy.
Using specialized tools, the liner is forced into the pipe until it reaches the exact spot it needs to repair. Once in place, compressed air expands the liner until it completely covers all the interior surface, and it is left there for the epoxy to cure. In just a few hours it will harden and create a new pipe within the pipe. This new section reduces the pipe’s diameter by less than 5%, so water flow is not affected. Most of the times water flow increases thanks to the smooth lining, which has a lower coefficient of friction than clay or concrete.
If you’d like to schedule an appointment in the Parma, OH area, give us a call and a highly-trained professional will explain to you the complete range of services we offer. Trenchless pipe lining can be used on practically any pipe, be it made from clay, cast-iron or PVC, and drainage pipes, sewer lines and drinking water lines alike can be treated using this method.