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Siphon Services in Tacoma, WA

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Siphons are an important part of keeping wastewater flowing through rougher terrain, especially through lower elevations. Obstructions like rivers, or other utility pipes, can often make it impossible for normal gravity-fed techniques to correctly move the wastewater. So, a siphon is used to keep wastewater moving in the right direction.

It’s vital that the siphon be kept in proper condition, at least If you want the rest of the sewer to keep working properly. Part of ensuring that is to make use of regular inspection services. Insta-Pipe provides siphon inspection services throughout Tacoma, WA. If you need help with your siphon, contact us today for an appointment with one of our expert technicians.

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Why Siphon Inspections are Important

Siphons are able to keep wastewater moving in the right direction by taking advantage of hydrostatic pressure differences, forcing the waste to move in the way it needs to, even without the aid of gravity. The cost of using pressure in this way, though, is that siphons tend to vent horrible smells as the imbalance forces the air out. Measures to counteract this include using air jumpers, which run along the entire siphon, or some other method like liquid/vapor phase treatment.

The point, though, is that you really don’t want the siphon to malfunction. Aside from the obvious issues with keeping wastewater flowing properly, you could vent a massive amount of sewer gasses into the surrounding environment if the siphon were to become clogged or develop a leak.

Siphon Inspection Techniques

Because of the typical location and shape of siphons, it can be difficult to get a good look at the inside of the system. One of the techniques rapidly gaining popularity, and which we use, is sonar. Sonar pings can give us a pretty detailed look at the pipe, even when it’s full. Obviously, a camera inspection wouldn’t be much good when the system is so full of waste that you couldn’t see anything.

The sonar inspection works more or less the same way that a submarine sonar ping does. The system sends out a sound wave and measures the echoes when it bounces back. This allows the computer to assemble a map of the area. Using sonar, it can be pretty easy to spot problem areas in the siphon that need repair. The system can then be pulled out in much the same way that a pushcam is from an ordinary pipe.

We Provide Comprehensive Siphon Inspection Services

Many of the siphons in use across the country are older, and more prone to developing problems like blockages. Part of dealing with this older infrastructure is making sure that it’s properly inspected on a regular basis. That’s what we’re here for. You don’t want to find out your siphon has a problem after it starts causing further issues somewhere else. We can help maintain your siphon system by inspecting it for issues, then recommending proper repair steps. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our experts.