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CuraFlo Water Distribution Repiping In Washington DC

repiping manifold used for cleaning and clearing and repairing the pipes

We were invited to see the CuraFlo epoxy pipe lining process at an apartment complex in Washington DC. The CuraFlo process was invented to safely and non-invasively rehabilitate piping systems eliminating the need for a costly, invasive and messy repipe projects.

CuraFlo repiping compressors

CuraFlo Mid-Atlantic out of Frederick, MD has been servicing large buildings in the Northern Virginia area with their pipe restoration services. They are members of many Washington Metro area, Northern DC and Maryland Associations and Chapters. They have also received many accolades for their quality of work and attention to detail.

Check them out online!

You can visit their website here: http://www.epoxylining.com/

Also they sent us this great article detailing some of the past jobs they have completed in the area: http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/b964d4aa#/b964d4aa/42

In the article they go over the process of water epoxy pipe lining and past project descriptions such as:

  • What is Epoxy Lining?
  • Three Easy Steps
  • Their Proven Track Record
  • Who Can Benefit from Epoxy epoxy pipe lining
  • Project Profiles Include – The historic Westchester in Upper Northwest Washington, DC, Middletowne Apartments in Laurel, MD, The Berkshire in the District and more…

Impressive Compressors

The first thing we looked at were there giant compressors that power the customizable manifolds and vacuum systems that clean, clear and line the water systems. They have the same engine as a Mercedes and provide all the air pressure needed to control the volume of materials being pumped into the systems.

Powerful!

These manifolds are connected to every sink, toilet and water supply line in the building and are capable of cleaning as many lines as needed at the same time.

repiping manifold used for cleaning and clearing and repairing the pipescured in place pipe lines runing to every sink in the complexDistribution of Lining Materials

The stage we were able to witness was the cleaning of the water supply and return systems.

They were using a special grade of small sand particles that were being added to the system to remove any impurities in the lines.

Their technicians go through rigorous training courses to learn how to operate these complex manifolds.

Benefits of Epoxy Pipe Lining

A domestic water system can benefit from this type of epoxy pipe lining. From what we learned from our day with CuraFlo was very educating and answered a lot of questions about the process, benefits and pitfalls associated with this technology.

Every job they work on is extremely professional and very well thought out. They even give presentations to current residents and building tenants to clarify any concerns they may have.

What are the Hazards?

Manifold inside distributing the pipe lining materialsOne question people ask a lot is if the epoxy is hazardous to the drinking water. This apparently is not a problem due to the fact that the cured liner has been tested and approved to contain zero toxins of any kind.

It also reduces the amount of contact with copper or cast iron that is aging and becoming oxidized in the systems.

Taking Care of Tenants

Another concern is that property management will have to relocate residents for the duration of the repairs. With this CuraFlo technology residents and tenants are able to stay in their homes with minimal disruption.

sink toilet and water line repair connectionsNot only do they not have to deal with tearing up walls and construction going on in their home but the smaller teams can repair this in a lot less time than traditional epoxy pipe lining jobs.

The Vacuum System

On the way out we were able to take a look at the giant vacuum system being used for this job that helps to pull out the debris and sand or any other materials used in the process.

vacuum for repiping systemAll in all it was a great experience for us and we are glad to have had the opportunity to work with this team of experts in their field on many more jobs in the future.

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What is a cured in place pipe liner?

jetter nozzle head

A cured in place pipe liner consists of two parts.

  1. A felt tube liner that is soft to the touch
  2. A mixture of epoxies

CIPP pipe repair materialsThe CIPP liner material

This fiber reinforced fabric is manufactured to fit into a host pipe. This non-woven polyester cipp liner material has a hard layer on what is initially the outside of the liner itself. On the inside of the liner is a soft fabric that is able to soak up and hold the resin.

The cipp liner thickness is the same as it is when it hardens. The outer shell of the liner is coated from the manufacturer with a polymer film to protect the liner from dust and damage during transportation.

Epoxy Mixture

The epoxy mixture consists of two parts. A thermo-setting epoxy mixture that mixes two parts of A, which is the base. This can be considered the actual body of the resin. And one part of B which is the hardener and the accelerator of the mix.  The levels of hardener of and accelerator vary depending on the ambient temperature. The accelerator is used to speed up the hardening of the epoxies in colder temperatures.

CIPP liner installation

perma liner epoxyCIPP liners can be installed in any type of host pipe. They are mostly used to rehabilitate sanitary sewers. Circular and non-circular pipes can be lined with this cured in place pipe repair. If a line is oval or egg-shaped, ovoid or even box culverts, the line will mold and form to replace the existing pipeline.

Cured In Place Pipe Liners Can Repair

Cured in place pipe is also used on storm drains. Many times storm drains will have leaking joints or are cracked. Tree roots often invade storm drains and can cause major loss of money or revenue to large businesses and installations. Infiltration and exfiltration can cost a business money. Re-lining an existing storm drain will completely stop and infiltration and exfiltration from occurring.

Water and gas lines can also be preserved with cured in place pipe liners. Trenchless technology has become an industry standard when it comes to replacing existing water and gas lines. Any type of pipe that has effluents or fluids that are harmful to PVC, cast-iron or any other pipe material can be tested and remanufactured to hold-up and contain any chemicals.

The thickness of the cured in place pipe liner can be designed to sustain loads of varying pressure. Depending on the surface traffic, external groundwater, soil types and weight a liner can be chosen that will hold up to external forces.

Prior To Lining

pipe jettingTo install a cured in place pipe liner, the pipe must be cleaned by jetting. This will remove any debris such as rust, sludge, roots and rocks. If a pipe becomes bellied or off pitch, this section of the pipe may have to be partially removed. A camera inspection will confirm that a pipe has been cleaned sufficiently to insert the liner.

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Sewer Repair Companies In Virginia for Home or Business

Old damaged pipes cut out by plumber

CIPP SAMPLESThere are many sewer repair companies in Virginia. If your sewer is clogging and backing up or you are having drainage problems, pipe repair can help fix it. There are many reasons why you may need to call a sewer repair expert.

Calling a Professional Plumber

  • Constant Backups
  • Leaking Pipes
  • High Water Bills
  • Infiltration/Exfiltration
  • And more…

All of these problems can leave you searching for help. If you own a business, property or even an industrial plant, losing money to leaking water pipes can cost you thousands of dollars. Sometimes you don’t even know that this is happening.

A professional plumber can investigate your drainage systems and give you a detailed evaluation of your piping infrastructure’s condition. A trustworthy company will give you a copy of any pipe inspection videos taken during the evaluation.

Why use trenchless technology?

Old damaged pipes cut out by plumber Our sewer repair techniques are very unique. We can repair or replace a pipe without digging. What we do is evaluate the pipe with a CCTV pipe inspection to see any problem areas and connections. Once we have reviewed this we can see what we are dealing with.

If the pipe needs to be cleaned we have an industrial strength waterjetting machine that can clean an clear any type of blockage or build up. Sometimes the pipe can have massive amounts of rust build up from old age so we use de-scaling nozzles to remove the rust.

If it is some type of sludge build up from grease or oil or any other type of blockage we have a whole arsenal of nozzles that can degrease and remove blockages.

Aging Sewer Systems – Why Should You Care?

Aging sewer systems can also face problems such as cracking or shifting. This can offset joints and create openings that can become infiltrated with roots and various other debris. We have found all kinds of things inside of pipes and repairing them is crucial to maintaining a healthy sewer system.

Most sewer repair companies do not offer trenchless pipe repair and will excavate your property to remove the old pipe. Once they replace the pipe they will fill the holes back up and replace any flooring or objects that were above ground.

Did you know that you don’t have to dig to replace sewer pipes?

Instead of digging up your pipe what we do is insert a sock like sleeve into the pipe with our inversion machine. Once the sleeve is inside the pipe we put another tube inside of that and blow it up with hot air or water. This holds the liner material against the wall of the old pipe allowing it to cure in place and create a brand new pipe inside of the old pipe without digging. This can save your building from having to shut down. We can repair your pipes while you work!

Plumbing Companies

We work with the best plumbing companies in Virginia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, New York and al over the East coast.

CIPP pipe repair materialsWe work with plumbers from all over the East coast who call us and use our services. If you have any questions about your sewer repair problems and want some honest advice we can help you. We have over ten years of experience in the plumbing field and always work with the best plumbing companies. Anything you need.. we are here to help. Give us a call today and let us help with all of your pipe, sewer and drain repair needs!

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Plumbing & Septic Service in Charlottesville, VA Cover Story

Plumbing & Septic Service in Charlottesville, VA Cover Story
Nick Santoni Feature on the Cover of Cleaner Magazine

Dynamic Drain Feature
Cover Story | Feb 2013

See the full article: Cover-CleanerMagazine-March-2013-fullarticle

Read it on their website by clicking this link!

http://www.cleaner.com/editorial/2013/03/marketing_magnate

Summary:

This article written by Scottie Dayton features Dynamic Drain’s targeted approach to fuel rapid revenue growth. Owner Nick Santoni, Donald Libby and Wes Fogleman work on a job at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA.

This article reveals Nick Santoni’s inception of Dynamic Drain Technologies and it’s rise to conquer high-profile projects including lining pipes at the National Gallery of Arts, The Smithsonian Institution, U.S. Capitol Building, Postal Service Buildings, University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA and Theodore Roosevelt Island. Military bases such as the ever popular Quantico made the list of major plumbing jobs as well.

In June 2012, Santoni hired Mark Kolodziej as an SEO Marketing Consultant to facilitate search engine optimization marketing winning new business through online advertising. This approach doubled the company’s revenue within six months. Marketing and sales are a part of Santoni’s lifestyle. His team’s attention to detail has contributed greatly to his success by earning the trust of contractors to bring him in on their jobs. His full and part time employees clean, inspect and rehabilitate pipes using the ambient cure Perma-Liner lateral system or hot-water cure MaxLiner system. Without worry he can send in his Vivax-Metrotech V Push cameras and trailer mounted Mongoose 184XL sewer jetter with nozzles from Stone Age to inspect clean and clear any pipeline. Then RS Tecknik pneumatic reinstatement cutter will re-establish any connecting laterals after the pipe has been relined.

Success with innovation includes the MacGuyver award for fashioning a push-rod cable system with high-powered magnets to retrieve forks and other silverware. Other sewer machines and hydrojetters wouldn’t budge the metallic debris created in the mess halls that serve thousands of military personnel per day. They have also floated cameras through missing inverts by carving up foam footballs and fabricated custom welds to remove scale from sharp bends.

Dynamic Drain offers Fast, Efficient and Low-Cost service in Charlottesville, VA. Our drain cleaning technicians are trained to handle all your plumbing and drain cleaning needs including: clogged drains, plumbing repairs and more! Our Charlottesville service area zipcodes include: 22901, 22902, 22903, 22904, 22909, 22911.

Dynamic Drain Technologies of Charlottesville, VA is Your Local Charlottesville Plumbing Contractor. We specialize in pipe lining, pipe repair, cipp cured-in-place pipe repair, pipe cleaning and clearing and CCTV pipe inspections.

We would like to thank the folks over at Cole Publishing for organizing the article for our feature on the cover of Cleaner Magazine!

 


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