For generations of plumbers a broken sewer line meant one thing — rip out the old and put in new. If the sewer line was buried, it was dug up. If the pipe was behind a wall, rip out the wall. It was always the way of things. Rip up floors, tear down ceiling, etc. Then once the new pipe was in place, restore things as best as money allowed. Now, this cycle has been broken by technologies developed to repair or replace piping without having to remove it, Collectively these developments are called trenchless technologies. They are quite different from one another but have in common the elimination of the need for total access to the defective piping. Pipeshark services Eastern Pennsylvania with ALL the trenchless technologies.
There is no longer any need to dig up your yard and destroy landscaping or tear up walkways, driveways, and other infrastructure outside for most sewer lateral repairs. Inside you don’t have to remove cabinets and cut open walls to get to a leaking stack or sawcut the basement floor and deal with the dirt that comes from taking up the concrete to repair the drain lines underneath. Consider the better option of trenchless sewer repair in Philadelphia, PA area with a call to Pipeshark.
We service the following areas:
- Philadelphia, PA suburbs
- Bryn Mawr, PA
- West Chester, PA
- Paoli, PA
- Ardmore, PA
- Berwyn, PA
- Devon, PA
- Harrisburg, PA
- Hershey, PA
- Lancaster, PA
- Lower Merion Township, PA
- Pottstown, PA
- Reading, PA
- Villanova, PA
- Wayne, PA
HOW WE DETERMINE IF TRENCHLESS SEWER LINE REPAIRS ARE NEEDED IN YOUR HOME
Trenchless sewer line repairs begin with a clear diagnosis of the issues. Almost all plumbers in Philadelphia, PA, and surrounding areas have cameras to inspect the piping and see exactly what is causing problems. We can do that video inspection ourselves or work with your trusted plumber. Once the issues are known we can decide whether there is a trenchless solution for it. Since we are certified in and own ALL the trenchless technologies we can always go with the best approach.
THE TRENCHLESS SEWER LINE REPAIR SOLUTIONS
The trenchless pipe repair technologies we choose for a repair depends on the diagnosis, but they include:
- 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.
- Cured-In-Place Pipe (CIPP) 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 then 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.
- Pipe Coating – 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.
- Point Repairs – 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.
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Our Pipeshark team is extremely experienced with trenchless sewer repair and offers these plumbing services in Philadelphia, PA for maintenance, pre-purchase information, and troubled pipeline diagnosis in houses, condos, and apartment complexes across Pennsylvania. Your trenchless pipe lining project can be completed with fewer people, less time, less hassle, and less money spent on fixing the damage done to access the piping for a traditional repair. We work for homeowners and their plumbers in the Philadelphia, PA suburbs. We also work in commercial buildings, factories, schools, and universities across Eastern and Central Pennsylvania. We have traveled to Washington, DC, Ohio, Indiana, and Montana to support specialty project teams including work for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the National Park Service.
CALL PIPESHARK FOR TRENCHLESS SEWER PIPE & DRAIN LINE REPAIRS IN PENNSYLVANIA
Contact us today at 610-993-9300 or fill out our online form to schedule an appointment. You’ll be glad you did.