Insta-Pipe Blog

Do You Need … The Ambient Cure?

July 29th, 2019

wall-clockIt’s a dramatic title, but ambient cure is an alternative form of cured in-place piping (CIPP) for underground sewer line repair and other types of buried pipe repairs. The usual way that cured in-place piping is done is with an epoxy that seals the pipeliner onto the damaged area of pipe and then exposes the epoxy to heat to rapidly harden it. We often use this method on jobs to handle repairs for large, long diameter pipes. It’s an effective way to approach many commercial, industrial, and municipal jobs.

But this method does use a large amount of water and it takes extra time. This is why there’s the alternative of using ambient cure CIPP—it doesn’t require any heat to set the epoxy, and it uses less equipment. The epoxy for ambient cure only takes about two to three hours to set, where standard CIPP methods require four to six hours for the cure to be complete.

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Know the Warning Signs You Need Sewer Repair

July 15th, 2019

trenchless-sewer-repairYou probably don’t need professionals to tell you that sewer repair in Seattle, WA is a job you’ll want to take care of as soon as possible. No matter if it’s the sewer line for your house or for a large industrial facility, if the line is damaged or blocked, it will bring everything to an unpleasant halt soon enough.

The trick is making sure you recognize the problem “soon enough” so you don’t end up with that unpleasant situation—an unlivable home, a shut-down business, a shuttered facility, etc. When you think you have a sewer repair issue, contact our team. We use the finest in trenchless repair and replacement technology to fix sewer lines quickly and with minimum disruption to property.

Below is a list of warning signs about sewer clogs, breaks, root infiltration, and other problems.

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What Is the Benefit of Using UV Lights for Pipe Services?

July 1st, 2019

UV-air-purifier-lightAt Insta-Pipe, we are dedicated to keeping current with the best available technology for piping services in Olympia, WA. We have a range of trenchless pipe replacement and pipe repair services, and we match each customer and job with the tools that will do the job best.

One type of technology we use for CIPP (cured in place piping) to line underground pipes is UV cure CIPP. You’re probably familiar with UV as an abbreviation for ultraviolet. UV cure uses ultraviolet light to cure the pipe liner applied to the inside of water lines, sewer lines, and other underground pipes. This is not yet a widespread technique for CIPP, and you won’t find many contractors in our area who can offer the benefits of it.

But what are those benefits? For anyone who doesn’t work in piping, it sounds odd to use UV lights as a way to handle pipe repair.

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If a Pipe Can Be Excavated, Is Trenchless Technology Needed?

June 17th, 2019

sewer-line-repairWe often write about our trenchless technology services because they are the best way to handle sewer line and water line repairs and replacements. This is true for jobs small, large, and anywhere in between. Trenchless services work for single family homes, small businesses, large corporate buildings, industrial and military facilities, and municipal buildings. And yes, our team serves all of these sectors.

But there is still some confusion about when to use trenchless technology. Are there times when it’s better to rely on standard excavation methods, such as when a pipe isn’t buried too deep in the ground?

The answer is … trenchless technology can always be used, and it always should be used.

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How Pipe Bursting Works

June 3rd, 2019

industrial-pipesOnce upon a time, handling sewer repairs was a messy and time-consuming task. It didn’t matter what size the job was: whether it was to fix the broken sewer line for a home or handling severe damage to an industrial plant’s sewer line, the job required extensive digging to reach the pipe sections in order to remove and replace them.

That’s not how it works today—or not if you call on the right professionals for your sewer repair in Kent, WA. Thanks to pipe bursting, the job can be done fast with little disruption—and that’s true for homes, commercial and industrial facilities, even military installations.

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Can Hydro-Jetting End Up Damaging My Pipes?

May 20th, 2019

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One of the best methods available today for cleaning sewer lines and drainpipes is the hydro-jetter. The process of hydro-jetting is now the preferred way to eliminate clogging in pipes and prevent future clogging issues. Hydro-jetting is available for any type of piping system: there are small hydro-jetters that are effective on the pipes for residential homes, and there are powerful hydro-jetters that can handle the entire length of a sewer line for a massive industrial facility. Our technicians who handle sewer repair in Vancouver, WA and the surrounding areas have the best hydro-jetting equipment to handle any service our customers in the area might need.

Our customers, however, want to make sure they’re getting work that not only does the job of cleaning and unclogging their pipeline but which also won’t harm the pipes. Many customers can tell horror stories about an improper service done on their pipes which inflicted serious damage—does hydro jetting pose a similar threat?

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How Long Will Pipe Lining Repairs Last?

May 6th, 2019

sewer-line-repairRepairing underground pipes for a house or commercial/industrial facility is a large job—and it’s not one you want to schedule every few years because the repairs don’t hold up. You shouldn’t have to worry about repeated repairs for your pipes when you work with our professionals. We have the equipment and skills to fix pipes so they stay fixed.

However, there’s no such thing as a permanent repair that will never fail. When we perform pipe lining in Seattle, WA to fix your pipes, how long can you expect the repaired pipe to remain in good shape?

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What Are Force Main Inspections?

April 22nd, 2019

push-camA properly working sewer system is essential for a building. Any failure in the sewer pipes at carrying away wastewater not only risks sewage odors and even sewage itself backing up into the building, but it creates a major health hazard. For commercial and industrial building, sewer line problems can mean code violations and shuttered operations.

Many commercial and industrial buildings use a special type of sewer line system called a force main. Regular inspections of force mains are an important part of our business, and we want you to know how vital they can be if your facility uses them.

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Using Point Repair to Fix Damaged Sewer Lines

April 8th, 2019

sewer-manhole-coverOne of the most important jobs we do for our many customers is sewer repair in Seattle, WA. We work with sewer lines of all sizes and serve many different types of buildings and facilities: single family homes, industrial and commercial buildings, and military and municipal facilities.

Repairing a damaged sewer line isn’t something we do by using one method. When we take on a job, we first have to discover the exact issue with the sewer line and determine the best way to resolve it—fast and effectively. We don’t want our customers to end up with poor work that will fail in only a few months. We offer permanent solutions.

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More About Tree Roots and Sewer Lines

March 25th, 2019

tree-root-and-saplingIn our last post, we talked about how our experts can use cured in place piping (CPP) to repair sewer lines when tree roots have damaged them. We want to take an opportunity to talk in more depth about the trouble with tree roots vs. sewer lines because this is one of the most common dangers for buried pipes. It doesn’t matter if the sewer line serves a small home or a massive facility covering a few acres of land—if there are trees in proximity to where the sewer line is buried, a potential danger exists. Tree root infiltration can cause minor troubles with slow drains, and if left alone can eventually shatter the integrity of the sewer line and require a complete replacement.

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