Category Archives: Sewer & Drain Lines

Spring Clean Your Drains With Our Plumbing Services In Fort Collins

Spring clean your drains with our plumbing services in Fort Collins. When it comes to cleaning, people often forget about household surfaces that are not in plain sight. Just like your countertops, mirrors, and floors the inside of your drains need to be cleaned too. Without proper drain maintenance, unexpected clogs are bound to pop up sooner or later.In fact, it is important to incorporate drain cleaning into all your major cleaning routines. Doing so will help keep clogs away and avoid costly repairs in the future. If you are not sure how to go about cleaning your drains don’t worry you are not the only one.

To clean your drains,  remove the stoppers throughout your home. Clean each one thoroughly, as food, soap scum, and hair can easily cling to stoppers and create problems.  Next, test each drain by running water to see if it drains slow or normal pace. If it is clear, you can use a clog prevention treatment for regular maintenance. If it is running slow you will need a more specific clog treatment to get whatever is in the drain to move through. Prevention on a monthly basis is key to clog free pipes. As you are continuing through this routine, be sure to clean all the drains in your home. There are a few that are easy to forget (laundry room drains, garage drains, guest bedroom drains). With these simple steps, your drains and pipes will remain clog free. However, there are some clogs that need professional help and we are here for you!

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Trenchless Vs. Traditional Sewer Repair

Experts say that it is a good idea to inspect a sewer line with a camera before you purchase a home. The last thing you want is to have a $3,000 to $5,000 sewer problem right when you move in. Cities around the nation have began requiring a camera inspection before selling a home, but this practice is not widespread.

Even if you have lived in your home for years, it’s worth hiring a professional to examine your line. That way you can budget for future repairs or replacement, without having to make snap decisions when an emergency happens. Inspection prices usually run between $250 to $350. Some Companies advertise free or reduced rate inspections. Make sure the contractor is reputable and there are no hidden fees.

If you would like to find out more, or want to schedule a camera inspection, call ACE HI PLUMBING, HEATING & AIR, INC. today at 970-667-0300.

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Trenchless technology is a type of subsurface construction work that requires few trenches or no continuous trenches. It can be defined as “a family of methods, material and equipment capable of being used for the installation of new or replacement or rehabilitation of existing underground infrastructure with minimal disruption to surface traffic, business and other activities”.

Trenchless construction includes such construction methods as

  • tunneling,
  • micro tunneling ,
  • horizontal directional boring,
  • pipe ramming,
  • pipe jacking,
  • moling,
  • horizontal augur boring

and other methods for the installation of pipelines and cables below the ground with minimal excavation. Large diameter tunnels such as those constructed by a tunnel boring machine, and drilling and blasting techniques are larger versions of subsurface construction. The difference between trenchless and other subsurface construction techniques depends upon the size of the passage under construction.

Trenchless rehabilitation includes such construction methods as

  • sliplining, (one of the oldest methods used to repair leaks or restore structural stability to an existing pipeline)
  • thermoformed pipe,
  • pipe bursting,
  • shotcrete,
  • gunite,
  • cured-in-place pipe (CIPP),
  • grout-in-place pipe,
  • mechanical spot repair (applied where damaged pipelines require the reinstatement of structural integrity)

and other methods for the repair, rehabilitation, or replacement of existing buried pipes and structures without excavation, or at least with minimal excavation.

Sliplining, cured-in-place pipe and thermoformed pipe lining involve pulling or inverting a new liner into an existing pipe and then applying heat and/pressure to force the liner to expand to fill the pipe. Other methods are primarily for fixing spot leaks. CIPP technologies combine a carrier (felt or fiberglass) impregnated with heat, ultraviolet light or ambient curable resign to form a jointless and seamless pipe-within-a-pipe, with the capability to rehabilitate pipes ranging in diameter from 0.1-2.8 meter (4″-110″). As one of the most widely used rehabilitation methods, CIPP has application in water, sewer, gas and chemical pipelines.

SLIPLINING

Pipe bursting consists of a torpedo-shaped metal bursting head, attached to a steel cable, being pulled through the existing sewer line to burst the pipe, breaking it up into little pieces. The existing line is just a conduit to pull the new pipe through. This is done via a heavy cable and a hydraulic pulling machine that pulls with 30 tons of force with and intermittent pneumatic hammering action to assist the bursting head in breaking the old pipe apart and out of the way.  With pipe bursting, the entire pipe is replaced with a new high density polyethylene pipe (HDPE). This method of sewer replacement requires only a hole at each end of the line rather than the entire length of the line, as required by more conventional methods.

Limitations of Trenchless Sewer Rehabilitation

 

Method                                                                    Limitations
Pipe Bursting Bypass or diversion of flow required

Insertion of pit required

Percussive action can cause significant ground movement

May not be suitable for all materials

Sliplining Insertion pit required

Reduces pipe diameter

Not well suited for small diameter pipes

CIPP Bypass or diversion of flow required

Curing can be difficult for long pipe segments

Must allow adequate curing time

Defective installation may be difficult to rectify

Resin may clump together on bottom of pipe

Reduces pipe diameter

Modified Cross Section Bypass or diversion of flow required

The cross section may shrink or unfold after expansion

Reduces pipe diameter

Infiltration  may occur between liner and host pipe unless sealed

Liner may not provide adequate structural support

Consider the Disadvantages and Risks of Trenchless Sewer Repair or Replacement

These methods we’ve gone over are referred to as “trenchless” because very little, or in some cases no excavation is required. These types of trenchless sewer repair and replacement are very common today because they are fast, economical and are not invasive. It used to be that the only way to repair or replace a sewer line was to excavate it, meaning tearing out driveways, porches, additions, landscapes or whatever might lay in the path of the existing sewer line. You should consider that this type of installation method might not pass inspection if water pools in a low spot in the line. Because the new line uses the old line as a conduit, this is a possibility. Generally, labor cost can be more expensive as the equipment that is used is expensive.

Another issue with pipe bursting, is the close proximity of other utilities. As the bursting head passes through the pipe, it splits the existing pipe and forces it outward as the new pipe is pulled through. If there are utilities close enough, the existing pipe being pushed outward can damage them. Water lines can be cut and gas leaks can result. Contractors must locate all utility crossings as well as close parallel utilities to determine if there is adequate room for this type of installation. It may also be necessary for the workers to do some hand digging in order to establish where these lines are located. Occasionally, it may also be necessary to remove some of the landscaping, but only if the root system of plants will cause future problems.

If you are considering trenchless sewer replacement, be sure to verify that the contractor has significant experience doing it and has been trained by both the trenchless equipment manufacturer and the pipe material manufacturer.

 

ACE HI PLUMBING, HEATING & AIR, INC. does not believe in doing these “trenchless” methods. We believe that traditional sewer repair and replacement is more effective.

Main Line Sewer Back Ups

Do you suspect a main line back up? A main line sewer stoppage, or a sewer drain clog as it is also called, is a serious issue. It is considered a plumbing emergency! A main line stoppage occurs in the main sewer line that connects your home plumbing to either a septic tank or your city’s sewer system. If this line does become clogged, gray, or used water from your home drain system begins to back up and will eventually start to seep back through your drains in any way possible, and yes, this often quite gross site to see.

First thing to note: If you suspect a sewer drain clog, stop any usage of your plumbing until the clog is removed! This can make the problem much worse.

Confirming a main line:

  •  The most common sign of a sewer line clog is the back up of multiple fixtures in your home at the same time. Normally you will notice it first with your toilets, since they have a direct path your the sewer, but also the shower or tub since they sit lower than any sinks and other fixtures in your home.
  • Another sign of a main line are a strange reactions when you use certain fixtures in your home. For example, if you flush the toilet and your tub or shower back ups; If you turn on the bathroom sink and you see bubbles in the toilet or the toilet starts to fill; Or if you run your washing machine and when it begins to drain, nearby toilets start to overflow or if your floor drain starts to back up.

 Main causes of main line sewer back ups

There are many causes of a main line back up, but the following are some of the most common:

  •  Years of built up sludge, grease or grime
  • Foreign objects that easily become obstructions
  • Growing tree roots spreading through the pipes
  • Broken or dislocated pipes
  • Or, if your home has a septic tank, an over filled tank

Solutions for clearing a main line

Often the best thing to do is call a plumber and he will be able to clear the line or to do a camera of the line to figure out what the main cause is. So next time your suspect a main line back up, don’t wait until it’s too late