If you’re thinking about repairing or replacing your sewer or drains, first spend the time to look at trenchless options. “Trenchless” is a plumbing trade catchphrase that includes a number of technologies that are very different from each other but have in common the ability to repair or replace old piping without removing it. So the old pipe doesn’t need to be completely exposed to solve the problem. In the case of buried pipes, most of the traditional trenching is eliminated, hence the name Trenchless. We own and are certified in ALL of the trenchless sewer repairs in West Chester, PA, and the surrounding areas and we offer full guarantees on our professional workmanship and pricing.
Trenchless Sewer Repairs
The first step in any repair, whether trenchless or a traditional dig, is a thorough sewer camera inspection of the old piping. Your plumber in West Chester, PA probably has a camera and can perform that service for you. You can watch the video as it’s done and see for yourself if there is a problem and, if so, what the problem is. If work is needed we can work with you or your trusted plumber. We can also do the video inspection if your plumber doesn’t have one. There are four trenchless technologies and we own and are certified in ALL of them. So we can supply you with the best solution.
Trenchless Pipe Lining
Pipe lining is called Cured-In-Place Piping (CIPP) because it manufactures a new pipe right inside the old one. The new liner pipe is code-approved and has the same strength characteristics as sewer and drain pipe installed in a new home. Lining first involves a thorough cleaning of the old pipe with specialty equipment. Then a felt tube sized for the old pipe is cut and saturated with epoxy to a uniform thickness. This epoxied liner is installed in the old pipe and a calibration tube is inserted inside the liner. That calibration tube is filled with air and then with water pressure to push the liner tight against the old pipe until the epoxy cures. The water is circulated through a water heater to bring it to an epoxy “cooking” temperature. Once the epoxy is cured and hardened, the calibration tube is removed and the new pipe is videoed to confirm for the inspector that it is perfect. Then the sewer line can be put back into service. For more information on trenchless pipe lining in West Chester, PA call Pipeshark.
Trenchless Pipe Bursting
Pipe bursting is the installation of a new pipe utilizing a method developed in the U.K. to replace cast iron gas lines. First, each end of the pipe to be replaced is accessed —typically one point of access is in the basement. A steel cable is pulled through the pipe and a bullet-shaped bursting head is hooked to one end of the cable. The new piping is then attached to the back of the bursting head. Powerful equipment pulls the cable and the bursting head breaks up the old piping and installs the new pipe in one motion. The new pipe is usually high-density polyethylene (HDPE) which is what the gas company uses for their new mains. The pipe sections are fused together so there are no joints to ever leak or allow roots to enter in the future. For more information on trenchless pipe bursting in West Chester, PA call Pipeshark.
When the configuration or size of the piping makes it difficult to line, pipe coating is an option. After thoroughly cleaning the old pipe and drying it out, it can be coated with a polyurea. This is applied with a spinning brush and is applied in layers as required by code. When completed and cured, the polyurea shell is rock hard and resistant to whatever comes down the drain.
Trenchless Point Repair
If the pipe is new or in fairly good condition and the problem is just one specific issue at one point, a point repair may be the best solution. A point repair is basically a short piece of pipe lining material that is wrapped around a deflated rubber bladder. The bladder is pushed down the pipe to the problem and then inflated until the lining material cures. Then the bladder is removed and the pipe is put back into operation. For more information on trenchless point repairs in West Chester, PA call Pipeshark.
In addition to utilizing high-resolution cameras in the drain cleaning process, our plumbing company in West Chester, PA, employs them to perform highly detailed sewer line inspections. We can inspect the entire interior surface of a pipe in a very short time and then use the data we gather to direct our cleaning or repair efforts to the right locations.
The Benefits of Our Trenchless Services
Our established pipe lining company in West Chester, PA, is fully licensed, insured, and registered, and we’re proud to be responsible for introducing many of the sewer cleaning and repair techniques that we practice to this region. The services that we provide are designed to save time, money, and hassle because they achieve results without requiring full-scale excavation of the client’s property or opening up interior walls and floors, and our work has earned us the respect and confidence of our past and current clientele.
From a quick repair to sewer pipe replacement in West Chester, PA, you can be sure that Pipeshark is more than ready to get the job done.
Contact Us for Trenchless Plumbing Services
Get in touch with Pipeshark today to schedule an appointment with one of our full-time, background-checked plumbers. We offer a range of solutions, from drain cleaning to sewer repair in West Chester, PA, or anywhere in greater Philadelphia. Call us today or fill out our online form to get started. We also serve: