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Different Uses of Trenchless Technology in Plumbing

Monday, September 24th, 2018

Backhoe-bucket-with-pile-of-rocksIf you’re looking for plumbing services to handle working with the pipes outside your home—i.e. the sewer line and the water line—keep in mind that not all contractors have access to the same tools or training. When it comes to repairing and replacing pipes, many contractors still use standard digging methods to excavate the ground above the pipes. This is an effective technique, but it’s not an efficient one. Digging a trench to reach a pipe is time-consuming and labor-intensive. It’s also ugly, turning a pleasant yard and garden into something resembling an archaeological dig.

But you have a choice for contractors: you can call one who uses trenchless technology. This is a type of lateral boring that approaches buried pipes from the side. Only one or two small holes need to be dug to access the pipe.

Trenchless technology has several different uses in residential plumbing:

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Tools Used by Professional Plumbers

Monday, November 20th, 2017

plumbing-repair-toolsOne of the main reasons to call in a professional plumber (rather than attempt some do-it-yourself work) is the kind of equipment they use: items that are expensive for most homeowners who likely won’t need such equipment more than a handful of times at the most. With winter on its way and issues such as frozen and cracked pipes making professional plumbing calls more common, it’s important to know what kind of service you’re getting with a trained plumber. That includes the kind of equipment they use and the specific ways it helps them solve your plumbing problems faster. We’ve provided a sample list of three tools used by professional plumbers to give you a sense of what we can bring to the table.

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Trenchless Technology Makes Sewer Line Repairs Easier

Monday, September 11th, 2017

sewer-line-plumbingFew plumbing problems are as challenging as sewer line repairs: fixing the main line that caries wastewater from your various outlets to the Havertown sewer system. Sewer lines are usually buried under the ground, which makes reaching them difficult, and with fall almost here, problems with any sewer line needs to be dealt with promptly before the cold weather of winter further complicates the matter. And yet waiting on a sewer line problem is even worse, since it services the whole house and is absolutely necessary for your home to function. Leaking wastewater or wastewater that backs up from your drains can pose a health hazard to your family as well. All of that means you need to move quickly with sewer line repair issues, which can be doubly challenging when you consider that the line itself needs to be unearthed first.

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Trenchless Pipe Replacement Makes Winter Repairs Easier

Monday, January 16th, 2017

Cold winters used to cause quite a bit of trouble with water line and sewer line issues here in Wayne, PA. They still do, to a certain extent — winters here are never a cake walk — but recent advances in technology have made such situations a lot easier to manage. More specifically, trenchless technology makes emergency pipe repairs a whole lot easier, even when winter temperatures don’t accommodate.

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Trenchless Technology Makes Pipe Repair Easier

Monday, October 24th, 2016

Fall isn’t the best season to run into a problem with your main water line or drain line. They’re located underground in most cases, and getting to them used to involve excavating them. That meant heavy equipment and multiple workers. Even worse, the clock is ticking: any day here in Wayne, PA could bring freezing temperatures to complicate matters.

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What Is Trenchless Pipe Replacement?

Monday, June 20th, 2016

A number of key components in your household plumbing are usually buried underground: notably the water main, which bring potable water into your home, and the sewer line, which takes wastewater out. Summer is typically the time to address problems with those pipes, since the ground isn’t frozen the way it is with our Springfield, PA  winters.

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3 Advantages to Modern Sewer Replacement

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

No one likes the notion of having to dig up their yard to correct a problem with the sewer line, especially here in Havertown and Springfield, PA. Our summers are hot and muggy, which makes such work unpleasant in the extreme, but it’s usually the only time to perform such an operation. Winters mean frozen ground and the volume of our snowfall the last few years renders such operations supremely tricky. At least they used to. Trenchless modern sewer replacement has replaced those operations with a more effective means of getting the job done. Here are 3 advantages to modern sewer replacement that demonstrate its superiority.

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Now is the Time for Trenchless Sewer Repair

Monday, June 1st, 2015

Few repair jobs are more arduous to homeowners than sewer repair. Or at least that’s the way it used to be. When a sewer line broke, it meant expensive and arduous excavation to reach it, and with the harsh winters in Havertown and Springfield, PA, you only had a small window of time to do it effectively. The good news is that trenchless sewer repair has made the process a lot easier and much less expensive. Sadly, technology has yet to fully catch up with frozen ground in the winter, so if you want to conduct a trenchless pipe replacement on your property, now is the perfect time to do it.  

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What Equipment is Used During Trenchless Pipe Replacement?

Monday, October 13th, 2014

When you need to replace your plumbing, it’s never an ideal situation, but with trenchless pipe replacement, the process may go more smoothly than you expect. Trenchless pipe replacement involves very little digging, so you won’t have to get rid of important components of your landscaping, sidewalks, or driveways, or deal with the eyesore of trenches in the yard.

Using a contractor for trenchless pipe replacement is simply the best option for many homes. If you’re worried about the process, the expert plumbers at Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. are here to help. Here is a quick guide to the process of trenchless pipe replacement as well as what types of equipment is used for trenchless pipe replacement in Wynnewood.

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Although trenchless technology is sometimes referred to as “no dig” technology, it does involve some digging. However, this is quite minimal compared to any other method used today. First, experts locate the area where the water or sewer line underneath your property connects to the water or sewer main, and they dig a hole at this point in addition to where the pipe ends at your home. Plumbers detach a portion of the pipe on either end and use special equipment to send a new deflated pipe through the old one.

First, they attach a hydraulic pulling device to one end of the pipe. Then, the new pipe is inserted in the old pipe, but this new pipe is in a deflated state so that it can easily fit into the old one. The hydraulic device pulls the new pipe through to the other end. From here, there are two basic methods a plumber may employ. A “pipe burster” with an expander head may be used so that the new pipe expands and the old pipe bursts in the ground. Alternatively, some pipes used during trenchless replacement are covered with adhesive. This method is known as pipe lining, in which a bladder is fed through the new pipe, causing it to expand and adhere to the old one. Which method is used for your home will likely depend on the state of your pipes.

If you need trenchless pipe replacement in Wynnewood, call Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. today!

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Does Trenchless Technology Really Involve No Digging?

Monday, July 21st, 2014

Trenchless technology originally developed in civil engineering as a way do to “lateral” digging to place pipes without needing to use large digging equipment to tear down through the ground to create trenches.

Trenchless technology is now available in the private sector for homeowners who wish to avoid the expense, time, and general unappealing look of ripping open lawns and gardens to replace sewer lines and water lines.

Trenchless pipe replacement and repairs are often called “No Dig” technology, which some people find hard to believe: “How can you replace pipes buried in the ground without digging?” The truth is that there is some digging involved… but that still shouldn’t stop you from choosing trenchless technology, PA over standard digging work, as we will explain.

We will keep your home looking beautiful while we rapidly replace your old sewer or water line.

Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. is proud to offer the fast and clean work of trenchless pipe replacement in Ardmore, PA. Call us today to learn more. 

The “digging” part of trenchless technology

If you’ve ever seen the standard method of sewer and water line replacement in action, you know what a mess it can be: heavy digging equipment rips out long stretches of lawn from the sidewalk all the way to the edge of the house.

By comparison, the amount of digging necessary for trenchless pipe replacement is miniscule: it usually only requires a single small hole, located near the sidewalk. The technicians dig down to reach the end of the old pipe at the point where it connects to the municipal system. They disconnect the pipe and attach a hydraulic machine to it, which then pulls into place an interior pipe liner inserted through the other end of the pipe from inside the house. Once this liner is in position, a “pipe burster” drills from one end of the liner to the other, expanding the liner outward so that it shatters the old pipe. The liner now becomes the new pipe, and the technicians connect it to municipal system. They then need to fill in only this one hole and re-landscape it to restore the yard to what it was before.

The process is not only tidy, but fast. Standard digging technology can require a few days to complete. Trenchless replacement needs only a few hours. And this means also means it costs less.

Not every plumbing company carries the machinery needed to perform trenchless pipe replacement in Ardmore, PA. Make sure you call one that can, like Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc., whenever you need extensive work done for your sewer line or water main.

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