What are the most common plumbing problems for homes and businesses?
Your home or business may be susceptible to plumbing problems, particularly as it ages. Some of the most common plumbing problems include leaking faucets, clogged toilets, slow-draining fixtures, low water pressure, and leaking pipes.
The Pipeshark has the ability to fix a wide variety of plumbing repairs, no matter how simple or complex. The sooner you can identify a common plumbing problem, the quicker we can come to you and get it fixed. Early detection is key to avoiding a plumbing emergency.
Why are my fixtures draining slowly?
Your sinks, shower, tub, and toilet can drain slowly for a variety of reasons. Obstructions can be caused by misuse of your pipes or environmental factors that are out of your control. Excess toilet paper, disinfectant wipes, paper towels, food waste, and grease can get caught along your pipeline and create a clog. Meanwhile, invasive tree roots can grow into your pipes through tiny cracks and eventually block the flow of water. Hard water minerals, sediment, or other tiny particles can build up over time against the wall of your pipe and result in layers of encrusted accumulation that is difficult to remove.
What are the symptoms of a clogged pipe?
A clogged pipe will not allow your pipes to flow efficiently, so you will likely experience fixtures that drain very slowly. If the obstruction worsens, the backup will get worse. In the case of a complete blockage, you can even have the toilet or other fixture overflow, which can pose a health hazard to those around you and cause property damage.
Multiple fixtures clogging at once indicates that there is a clog in your main sewer line that is obstructing the flow to some or all of your property. If you also notice symptoms of a leak then you could be experiencing tree root invasion that has compromised your pipe, or the clog has added stress to your system that resulted in a crack or rupture.
What is tree root invasion?
Certain species of trees have invasive roots that can work their way into your pipes through a miniscule crack or hole. They often invade your system looking for water or nutrients. Older, fragile pipes are particularly susceptible to invasive tree roots.
Unfortunately, tree root invasion is not reversible. Once the growth has begun, the only way to stop it is to have the roots removed and seal off your pipe. The Pipeshark even offers trenchless repairs that allow you to keep your tree.
How can a camera inspection help solve my pipe problems?
A camera inspection is used to get an up-close look at your pipes. Since a clog can be hard to pinpoint, a camera can be sent into your pipes to find the precise location, severity, and materials making up your clog. The high-definition camera relays a live feed back to our technician who can diagnose your pipes in real time. We can then recommend the appropriate repairs with confidence based on your unique situation. This method of inspection is completely non-destructive while giving a comprehensive look at your plumbing system.
What techniques are used to unclog my pipes?
We can utilize a variety of techniques based on the nature of your clogged pipe and the material your pipe is made of. Fragile pipes or clogs consisting of softer materials like paper and food waste can benefit from drain snaking. On the other hand, tree root invasion or stubborn mineral buildup can be broken up with hydro jetting. Hydro jetting uses a high-powered stream of water to disintegrate tough clogs and wash it away down your pipe. Both methods are completely trench-free, so your property won’t be negatively impacted by our equipment.
What are the benefits of hydro jetting?
Hydro jetting is completely safe for the environment because no chemical residue or other waste is generated during the process. Our multi-directional nozzle will clean the inside of your pipes with ease and uncover the smooth surface underneath all of that buildup, so your pipes are less likely to experience a clog in the near future. The pressure is adjustable so our technician can use the appropriate settings to successfully destroy the obstruction without damaging your pipes.
What does “trenchless” mean?
The term “trenchless” refers to the type of minimally-invasive repairs typically utilized by The Pipeshark. Traditional forms of plumbing repair involved digging a trench the length of the damaged pipe to provide direct access. However, modern repairs can be performed from an existing access point on your property to avoid digging up your landscaping, pavement, floors, walls, or other features. Trenchless techniques often allow our customers to save time and money over traditional excavation repairs.
What causes a leaky pipe?
Even a hairline crack or tiny hole can result in a leak. Natural wear and tear on your pipes can cause corrosion or other damage that can weaken your system. An existing clog, the shifting of the ground, or settling of your foundation puts strain on your pipes that can cause a crack or even a rupture. Leaks can be hard to detect because they are often hidden within your walls or underground, but there are a few telltale signs of a leak. Listen for the sound of water running even when your fixtures are turned off or check your property for water damage or puddles.
How does The Pipeshark team repair damaged pipes?
When your plumbing system is in good shape despite a crack or other relatively small area of damage, we will typically use cured-in-place (CIPP) lining to repair your existing line. This trenchless technique involves inserting a flexible tube of material coated in epoxy resin. After being positioned, the lining is inflated to adhere to the sides of the pipe. The epoxy resin bonds the lining to your pipe while also filling in areas of damage to help you get the most out of your current plumbing system before pipe replacement is necessary.
How do I fix my severely damaged pipes?
Although CIPP linings are versatile and extremely durable, sometimes pipe replacement is necessary. We generally perform one of two techniques: traditional excavation or pipe bursting. Excavation provides direct access to your pipe, which may be preferred in some situations or for point repairs. Meanwhile, pipe bursting is a trenchless form of pipe replacement that can be used when a long trench would be invasive to your property.
How can my pipe be replaced without digging a trench?
It may sound like a bad thing, but pipe bursting actually provides a convenient trenchless alternative to excavation repairs using only two small points of access on each end of the damaged pipe. A pipe bursting head is attached to the new length of pipe. As the mechanism is pulled into place, the bursting head will break apart your existing pipe and displace it into the surrounding soil. The new pipe is pulled into position before the bursting head is removed.
How long will my cured-in-place pipe lining last?
Trenchless pipe repair is one of the most durable solutions you can use for your pipes. The durable resin used during the repairs is prone to rust or corrosion like metal or other materials. It also doesn’t crack as easily as other pipe materials. Additionally, there are no joints or seams that can fail or leak over time. Your cured-in-place pipe lining restores your pipe to better-than-new condition and will likely last for decades to come.
How can I save money with trenchless pipe repairs?
Trenchless pipe repairs like CIPP and pipe bursting often save our customers a significant amount of money over traditional repairs. Without the need to dig a trench, your home or business is left intact and you won’t be stuck with expensive landscaping or other reconstruction costs. Our equipment allows for a small work area and reduced number of crew members, and then your repairs are often completed in as little as a few hours. Our own savings on labor and equipment are then passed on your you, our valued customers.
What should I do in a plumbing emergency?
A plumbing emergency can be very stressful when extensive property damage is on the line. It’s important to remember to stay calm and keep those in the area out of harm’s way. If you can, turn off the water supply to stop the flow of water and minimize flooding. If it is safe to do so, you can also try to put a bucket or other receptacle under a leaking pipe to catch excess water. Then, give us a call so we can fix the problem.
Can I fix my frozen pipes myself?
Maybe you haven’t “winterized” your pipes yet, or maybe we had an unexpected cold snap before you got a chance to get ready for the freezing temperatures. No matter the reason, frozen pipes can happen to anyone living in Pennsylvania. A frozen pipe can build up pressure, and the expansion of the water as it freezes can damage your pipe. It is important to be careful and don’t try to thaw your pipes using drastic measures or open flame. Try warming the neighboring rooms if the pipe is in an exposed area like under your cabinets or in your attic, basement, or garage. The natural heat from your home will begin to gently warm the pipe and relieve pressure. In the meantime, give The Pipeshark a call so we can help.
Why should I call industry professionals at The Pipeshark to thaw my pipes?
We know the best methods for thawing your pipes without warming them too quickly. Then, any resulting damage will become apparent as the pipe begins to thaw. If a leak or other problems are present, we can then perform any necessary repairs to reduce the impact to your property.
What is microtunneling and how does it solve pipe problems?
Microtunneling is a way of placing a new section of pipe where plumbing did not already exist. Similar to pipe bursting, this technique requires two entry points, one at each end of the area where the new pipe will be placed. The drilling head will dislodge and remove the existing soil as the pipe is moved into place. Once the entire length of pipe has been pulled into place, the drilling head is removed from the access point at the end of the line. This trenchless form of placing new pipe eliminates the need for a long trench or other invasive methods.
What types of properties does our team at The Pipeshark service?
Our licensed and bonded technicians service virtually any diameter or type of pipe. Our industries include:
- Residential properties like apartments, condominiums, vacation homes, manufactured homes, senior living communities, and more
- Commercial properties like office buildings, retail stores, schools, hospitals, and others
- Industrial properties like factories and manufacturing plants
- Municipal projects, including on military bases
- Specialty projects like National Parks, golf courses, and more
- You name it, we can fix it. We are experienced in handling a wide variety of different facilities and working conditions, and we’re prepared to help you.
How long as The Pipeshark been in business?
James Galligan began performing plumbing repairs in the early 1900’s in Philadelphia. We’ve come a long way since his pushcart in the last 100 years, but our philosophy remains the same. We are committed to performing high-quality plumbing repairs, just with a few of the modern conveniences available today.
What areas does The Pipeshark provide service to?
Eastern Pennsylvania is our primary service area, though our years of experience and great deal of knowledge has helped us travel to many other states for special projects and other repairs.
Why should I use The Pipeshark for my plumbing repairs?
After over 100 years of serving Eastern Pennsylvania, we are the authority for plumbing repairs. You can trust that our knowledgeable technician will diagnose and repair your pipe accurately, no matter how big or small the repairs may be. We perform everything from preventive maintenance to emergency repairs, so don’t hesitate to reach out to us when you have symptoms of a plumbing problem. We even offer free estimates, so give us a call today to get started.