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Three Potential Signs Of A Blocked Or Broken Pipe

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Sometimes, a broken sewer pipe is readily apparent, like when sewage starts to back up into your property. However, there are other times when the signs of a broken pipe are harder to make sense of.

CIPP seals broken cast iron, pvc, orangeburg, clay pipe and moreAs such, we wanted to share some of the common, but less obvious, signs that pipe repair may be needed. By informing yourself about these potential indicators, you may be able to spot a breakage or blockage before something disastrous happens.

First, if there is an unpleasant odor being emitted from the lowest floor of your property and you cannot identify the source, it is possible that your pipe is broken or backed up. The smell might be an indicator that the sewage is not making it from your property to the line that takes the sewage away to a treatment facility.

A persistent clogged drain or slow-flushing toilet might also be an indicator that something is wrong. There are plenty of other things that could cause these conditions, of course, but do not rule out a pipe blockage or breakage.

Third, if you ever hear a bubbling noise when you flush a toilet or use a sink, that might be air not being able to escape your sewer line, and that could be a symptom of a problem developing.

As we indicated earlier, these are not sure-fire signs that you have a blocked or broken pipe, but knowing that they could indicate a breakage or blockage might prevent the sure-fire sign of sewage flowing into your basement from happening.

For more information, you could contact us.

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Avoid Expensive Sewer and Drain Repairs Now

robotic cutters for mainline reinstatements

Does your insurance cover sewer repair? There are a few we have worked with tin the Aberdeen, MD area that were more than helpful when we asked about their coverage.

Our Experience

We have worked with plenty of commercial property associations and maintenance departments. Having a good working knowledge of how your sewer systems work can help you avoid expensive sewer and drain repairs now.

CIPP seals broken cast iron, pvc, orangeburg, clay pipe and moreKeeping Your Sewer System in Good Condition

It is extremely important to be pro-active when it comes to taking care of your facilities. The last thing you want is a surprise in the sewer system to pop up and create a nasty mess. Regular pipe inspections are always a good idea to at least have an idea of what lies beneath your building.

CCTV pipe inspections can assure you that your sanitary systems are draining properly and smoothly. The last time we visited Aberdeen, MD our pipe inspections revealed many drain pipe problems that were 10 to 20 feet underground. Some of the repairs were simple fixes only requiring the use of our waterjetting services.

Trenchless Pipe Repair or CIPP

Trenchless pipe repair is often referred to as CIPP or “cured-in-place pipe” repair. Other methods have been known as sliplining, pull-in-place, pipe bursting and a multitude of other trenchless technologies.

Depending on the size and infrastructure of your property, trenchless technologies may be your best bet.

cipp liner for broken sewer pipe lining companiesAsk a friend if they know any plumbing contractors that are able to perform these types of procedures. Often times, especially in the metro area of Washington DC and Maryland, this technology can be a great way to save money. There is little to no digging required and the contractors will not have to break up slabs to replace the pipelines.

Deep Pipes in Northern Virginia

We have found that many pipes in this area require contractors to break up slabs of concrete sidewalks, roadways and large flooring areas. This destruction costs a lot of money to coordinate with the city. Most areas of Northern Virginia are concrete jungles and require tons of excavation to simply replace one or two sewer lines.

With our trenchless technology we are able to use our Perma-Liner and Maxliner inversion heads to completely replace pipes without digging. This pipe relining process is simple and just as effective as traditional pipe repair methods.

Often times the flow of your sewer system will increase and have fewer backups since the liners contain zero joints and can smooth bends and offset pipes. These liners can even connect entire sections of missing pipe.

Reinstatements with Robotic Cutters

Does your system have T’s or Y’s in them connecting them to other lateral pipe lines?

No worries here. With our robotic cutters and professionally trained technicians we can navigate your pipes from the inside and cut out any pre-existing connections.

robotic cutters for mainline reinstatementsOur pipelines often last much longer than their design life, which is guaranteed by the manufacturer for up to 50 years. Feel free to call us on our toll-free number is you have any questions about our services and we will be more than happy to walk you through this new technology!

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Traditional VS Trenchless Pipe Repair

Trenchless pipe repair

Trenchless Pipe Repair

 

Traditional VS Trenchless

Traditional pipe repair generally means digging down to a pipe that have been damaged, cutting out sections, and replacing it with brand new piping. With advances in technology, contractors are now able to replace or simply repair pipe without having to dig a massive trench that disturbs the landscape.

This is known as trenchless pipe repair or no dig pipe repair. Almost every contractor out there today can benefit from this more versatile way of repairing pipe.

Benefits

The first main benefit that you can expect from trenchless pipe repair is that you don’t actually have to do any serious digging. This means that you won’t have to worry about damaging precious land that would otherwise be expensive to fix. There is virtually no mess involved and clean up is often a breeze.

Tight Spaces

Another great benefit of trenchless pipe repair is that a pipe can be fixed or replaced in areas that would otherwise be impossible to get to.

As an example, say a sewer needs to be repaired but it is stuck underneath a building. The only two options would be to dig around the entire building and run a fresh new sewer line or to simply replace the broken pipe with a pipe-bursting machine.

Pipe bursting is a form of trenchless pipe replacement. Trenchless pipe repair is a very green technology. You really don’t need to throw dirt and silt everywhere in order to do the job. The beauty is that natural habitats won’t need to be disturbed. We think trenchless pipe repair just makes sense.

 

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National Park Services Fix Fountain Pipe With Mountain Hype

National Park Service Government contractor for CIPP pipe lining job

The National Park Services manages many national monuments in the United States. This particular monument in Washington DC was plagued with broken pipe lines.

National Park Service Government contractor for CIPP pipe lining job

National Park Service – Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Fountain in Washington DC

As one of our largest federal and government contracted clients, the National Park Service came to us for our reputation in the DC area as the ‘go to guys’ for pipe sewer and drain repair services in Northern Virginia. We have helped their Facility Maintenance & Operations staff many times to lower their External Administrative Costs.

Learn more about the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Island in Washington DC here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theodore_Roosevelt_Island

Park Support

National Park Service Sewer and Drain Pipe Lining companyOur technicians were able to help maintain the fountain pipe lines and repair them completely with our trenchless CIPP technologies.

Our services offer a great deal of park support to keep visitors happy and out of harms way during the pipe repair process.

We are able to do this because our sewer repair contractors can:

  • Minimize unsafe facilites
  • Replace pipelines with zero dig technology
  • Preserve infrastructure
  • Reduce downtime
  • Save money
  • Work within state grants and budget guidelines
  • Preserve natural and historic cultural resources
  • Offer alternatives to compare plumbing costs of traditional pipe repair contractors

Geography and Natural History

Located in the Potomac River and entirely inside of the District of Columbia, this monument features a beautiful fountain with a statue in the background. Paul Manship sculpted four large stone monoliths with some of Roosevelt’s most famous quotations and two large fountains on the island.

This island is constantly threatened by tidal flooding due to storm surges and large amounts of rainfall affecting many of the islands piping and plumbing infrastructure.

Access

The Island is only accessible via a footbridge and northboud lanes of George Washington Memorial Parkway. This makes large scale pipe repair jobs difficult to manage.

Our mobile pipe repair unit is the perfect fit to repair the Islands pipeline infrastructure. Our system includes many high grade CCTV pipe inspection systems that provide high-quality resolution specs and videos to our contracting partners.

Also, our pipe cleaning and clearing unit is fitted with some of the country’s most advanced jetting nozzle systems available. Depending on the situation our technicians can clean and clear any type of piping problem with ease.

The robotic reinstatement cutter is able to break through any collapsed pipe or concrete protrusions within the line.

CIPP Pipe Lining

The CIPP pipe lining process repairs pipe from the inside out without having to dig up the pipes and replace them.

  1. A felt liner is saturated with a two part epoxy and then inverted into the broken or damaged sewer pipe or pipe line.
  2. Once inside the line, a bladder filled with hot air or water is inserted and inflated to force the liner against the walls of the existing pipe.
  3. Once the liner is in place the epoxies begin to cook and cure in place in a matter of hours.

This forms a brand new, jointless and seamless pipe within a pipe. The rate of flow is greatly increased and any infiltration or exfiltration is completely eliminated.

Video: Pipe Repair with Cured In Place Pipe CIPP Lining – Trenchless No Dig Solution

Check out this video on YouTube. This is a short version of how our pipe lining company installs a CIPP liner.

Actual Footage: Installing CIPP Liner in Charlottesville

This is actual footage from a pipe lining job we did for the facilities maintenance department of the University of Virginia. Check it out this is a great video!

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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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Chilled water line repair and replacement without digging

Chilled water line system repair condensors

Rehabilitating existing water lines is crucial to maintaining a healthy chilled water system in large buildings. We installed (4) 50-foot long, 8-inch liners replacing the existing chilled water lines at Green Run High School in Virginia Beach, VA.

Chilled Water Line Repair

Chilled water system diagramThe water lines went from the outdoor condensers under the asphalt parking lot and concrete slab into the mechanical room. We repaired the supply and return pipes with CIPP liners.

These pipes bring in chilled water into the building to cool the building and it’s occupants. This chilled water unit, also known as an AC unit is often used to cool a large building’s air and equipment.

Learn more about chilled water systems on ask.com’s wiki page here: http://www.ask.com/wiki/Chilled_water

Types of Chilled Water Line Systems

There are two types of chilled water line systems:

    • Site Generated
    • Utility Generated

Chilled water line system repair condensors

Chilled Water System Rehabilitation Practices

When it comes time to replace the condensors on these chilled water units it is a common practice to renew the entire piping infrastructure. This has been a major problem in the past due to the large costs of excavation.

Sewer Line Repair

cipp repair chilled water lineOur trenchless technology provides an extremely cost-effective and time saving procedure to rehabilitate existing piping infrastructure with cured-in-place pipe lining. CIPP is one of the newest plumbing repair methods on the market to date. Pipe lining is significantly faster than traditional excavation plumbing repair practices.

Plumbing Repair

When it comes to finding a plumber that can tackle this job there are a few types of plumbing repair methods to choose from:

  • Traditional Dig-and-Replace
  • Trenchless Pipe Lining or CIPP
  • Slip Lining
  • Sectional Point Repair

Each method has it’s advantages and disadvantages. With traditional dig-and-replace, if there are no major structures between the surface and the piping infrastructure, digging and replacing is usually the most cost effective way to replace aging and broken pipe.

Trenchless pipe lining, slip lining and sectional point repair are all newer methods that utilize trenchless technology.

CIPP involves inverting liners into existing lines and curing them in place with hot air or water. This method can offset the costs of major excavation and downtime. Since there is no digging involved, business can continue as usual and existing infrastructure is completely preserved.

Pipe lining also increases the rate at which water travels through the pipe by at least 20% making for a much more efficient system.
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Did you know?

Did you know that Dynamic Drain Technologies has worked with some of the nation’s largest facilites?

We have been brought in as a sub-contractor with many well known plumbing companies. We have repaired conduit infrastructure in Washington DC at the National Gallery of Arts. We we’re brought in to repair aging pipe infrastructure at the Smithsonian and the Subway systems of New York. We pride ourselves on the quality of work we provide and are always looking for new opportunities to work with you on your plumbing repair projects.

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Pipe Lining Clients of Dynamic Drain Technologies