Insta-Pipe Blog: Archive for the ‘Drain and Sewer’ Category

Do You Need … The Ambient Cure?

Monday, 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

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

Monday, 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

Monday, 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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What Are Force Main Inspections?

Monday, 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

Monday, 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

Monday, 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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Tree Root Infiltration and CIPP

Monday, March 11th, 2019

sewer-line-blockageWe are experienced with working with piping in all sectors, from residential homes to large industrial facilities. But all sewer line pipes are vulnerable to similar problems, no matter the size of the facility. Corrosion, blockages, and breakage are all frequent. One of the most common troubles we’re called to deal with is tree root infiltration. In fact, almost 50% of all sewer blockages and backups are because of tree roots growing into the line.

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Pipe Bursting Can Rescue Sewer Lines

Monday, February 11th, 2019

trenchless-sewer-repairThe term “burst pipe” is an intimidating one. Homeowners, building managers, and anyone else in charge of a facility will immediately think of a water pipe splitting open from pressure (often due to a frozen pipe) and creating a serious catastrophe.

But there’s a positive type of pipe bursting—it’s the type we use for sewer repair in Lacey, WA. It’s one of the major trenchless repair techniques we use to help take care of the most serious pipeline damage and for replacement of older sewer lines.

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Why We Recommend Hydro-Jetting for Sewer Lines

Monday, January 14th, 2019

hydro-jetting-sewerOne of the then many jobs we handle at Insta-Pipe is hydro-jetting to clean sewer lines. No homeowner, business owner, or facility manager wants to think much about the sewer line (it’s hard to blame them), but they know that if anything goes wrong with the sewer line, the consequences are huge. A home becomes unlivable, a business has to be shuttered due to code violations, etc. The most common sewer trouble is clogging, which proper sewer cleaning can both fix and prevent.

Hydro-jetting is one of several methods to fix clogs and clean sewer lines. The most prominent of the other methods is using drain augers, a.k.a. drain snakes or rooters, that send rotating wires and drill heads down into the pipes. We recommend hydro-jetting for sewer line unclogging and cleaning; we’ve used this method for years and stay up to date with the latest advances, and we’ve seen for ourselves why they’re so beneficial. Below are some of the reasons we recommend hydro-jetting.

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