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What are the Benefits of Trenchless Sewer Repair?

Monday, May 11th, 2015

There’s an old joke that we have two seasons here in Havertown and Springfield, PA: winter and road repair. You could expand that last part to include “sewer line repair” as well. The cold weather and frozen ground make sewer line repair extremely difficult in the winter, and since our cold season is so long, there is a limited window of opportunity to fix problems with your sewer line. Doing so in the summer can save you a lot of hassle and expense, as can relying on trenchless sewer repair rather than more traditional methods. What are the benefits of trenchless sewer repair? The answers to that question are both simple and powerful.


Trenchless sewer repair works by drilling two holes on either side of the affected pipeline, then sending down and fitting a replacement line in place through those holes. Because we don’t have to excavate the entire sewer line, the job can be done much more quickly – usually in just a day or two – which makes a huge difference if you’re waiting to get your toilet or showers up and running again.

Less Expensive

Because trenchless repair doesn’t involve heavy equipment or additional personnel, and because it happens much more quickly than trenched repair, it tends to cost a lot less than it would with more old-fashioned methods. Furthermore, it doesn’t tear up your yard the way a more complicated technique would, saving you from expensive replanting and landscaping costs. And that savings comes without any loss of quality with the repairs themselves: your sewer line will be just as reliable as it was when it was first put in.

The warm temperatures of summer make trenchless sewer repair even easier, so if you feel the time has come to fix a faulty sewer line, call the experts at Wm Henderson Inc. to schedule a consultation today!

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What Is Trenchless Technology?

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

One of the reasons homeowners cringe when they need sewer or water line work is the mess that has traditionally accompanied these kinds of plumbing jobs. Major plumbing pipes, like your sewer or water line, run underground, and reaching them from the surface requires digging long, deep trenches that can rip up an entire yard. But when you hire a professional who can perform trenchless technology, you won’t have to see the equivalent of an archeological dig at your home. Trenchless technology allows your plumbing experts to repair, re-line or even replace faulty, underground plumbing without digging down to reach the piping. How does this work? Let’s take a look.

How It Works

The first step your plumbing expert will take is to use visual aid equipment to see what’s happening inside the pipe. Even if you need replacement, the video will allow the plumber to pinpoint the exact areas that are failing inside the pipe. Once the problem or problems are ascertained, work can begin. There are a number of ways trenchless technology is used, including:

  • Sliplining
  • Pipe bursting
  • Shotcrete
  • Gunite
  • Cured-in-place-pipe (CIPP)
  • Grout-in-place-pipe
  • Mechanical spot repair

Using these methods, your underground plumbing can be repaired, re-lined or even replaced. One of the most common ways trenchless technology is used is to replace piping without digging, also known as pipe bursting. The way it works is that the new pipe is pushed through the existing pipe, which forces the existing pipe to fracture from the inside; the fragments from the old pipe are pushed outward and away from the new pipe.

Benefits of Using Trenchless Technology

The main benefit of using trenchless technology on your underground pipes is the avoidance of having trenches dug deep into your yard. But there are a few more worth noting:

  • Saves time – using trenchless technology allows your plumber to complete the work more quickly, which can save you money
  • Creates less mess – with trenchless technology, far less mess and waste is created
  • Vast majority of the work is done outside your property

It takes specialized training, tools and experience to be able to correctly use trenchless technology, and this is something you can count on from the plumbing experts at Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc.

If your home in Wayne, PA could benefit from trenchless technology, call us today!

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How Plumbers Handle Water Line Replacement

Monday, July 7th, 2014

The water line into your home is the most important part of residential plumbing: without it, you have no plumbing at all! You need a supply of water entering your house for drinking, cooking, cleaning, and more. If you’ve ever needed to go without running water because of an interruption in service from the water company, you know how inconvenient it is even for a short time. If you are experiencing service trouble due to your own water line, you need to call for professionals to replace it so you can avoid worries in the future.

You may have seen water line replacement before: a huge trench dug from the street across the lawn to the side of a house, with a yard crammed with digging equipment. However, your water line replacement in Springfield, PA doesn’t have to go this way. If you call Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. to schedule your replacement, we will use trenchless technology that will leave your lawn intact and take only a short time to complete.

Here’s how plumbers take care of trenchless water line replacement

How can plumbers put in a new water pipe without digging an ugly trench down to the old one? The process involves hydraulics and an expanding pipe liner that bursts the old pipe to replace it.

To begin the process, the plumbers locate where the water line enters your home. They shut down the water flow and detach the plumbing from the water line. They then slide a replacement pipe liner inside the current pipe.

Outside, the plumbers locate the spot near the sidewalk where the municipal supply enters your property. The plumbers only need to dig at this one spot. They excavate a small area to access the end of the water line, and detach it from the municipal supply. Then they then hook a hydraulic system to the end of the water line. The hydraulics pull the pipe liner all the way through the old pipe until it reaches the other end.

The plumbers now send a “pipe-burster” through the pipe, which expands out the liner. This causes the older pipe to break apart, and the inner pipe replaces it. The plumbers then have to hook the new pipe to the water main and to the indoor plumbing, fill in the outside hole, and the job is finished. It usually only requires a few hours, and you’ll barely even know the plumbers were there.

Thanks to trenchless water line replacement in Springfield, PA, you will have little interruption in your daily routine and have your lawn returned to you exactly as it was. Best of all, you’ll have a clean, sturdy new pipe that will supply you with fresh water for decades.

To schedule water line replacement or any other important plumbing service, call Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. today. Let our 37 years of experience go to work for you.

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