At Jim Dandy Sewer & Plumbing, we specialize in residential trenchless sewer repair for all your home’s needs in the Seattle area! With four generations in sewer repair and restoration under our belts, our team knows exactly what to recommend for solving every sewer and water line problem plaguing the residents of Seattle, Washington.
How To Know That Your Home’s Sewer Lines Are Damaged
There are many signs that your building could have plumbing problems. From smells to sights you might be surprised at what could be a pointer that your plumbing isn’t as up to date as you think it is.
Without knowing all of the signs, a home or home owner can spend thousands of dollars and weeks of their time fixing the symptom of a problem, rather than the root of it. While there are many problems to look for, there are warning signs that require fast, reliable fixes and need to be caught early on in order to ensure that the problems are addressed. Some of these problems in your sewer and drain lines can include”
- Cracked Foundations or Sink Holes
This sign can easily be one of the most problematic sewer line issues as it affects the foundation of the building. Not only do you have cracks in the slab, unnatural settlement and possibly sinkholes- it's a guaranty you have a leak in one of your pipes. This damage only occurs when a leak has developed and isn’t treated for a long time- leading to a void.
- Constant Blocked Drains
Persistent blocked drains that keep reoccurring is a major sign that a sewage backup might be in the future. More than one slow drain can also mean a crack or tree root infestation can be affecting your sewer lines.
- Persistent Backed Up Toilets and Sinks
If only one sink or toilet routinely backs up, the problem is likely to be isolated to that specific drain. If there are multiple backups around the house on a routine basis, there is something wrong with the major sewer line and needs to be investigated before a major problem can occur like burst pipes.
- Your House Smells Like Sewer
Homeowners tend to ignore this sign and hunt for issues such as trash or animals in the home. However, sewer gas odor can be quickly diagnosed by a professional. A well-oiled sewage system is airtight to ensure gases that might carry bacteria and other unsanitary particles do not get released into the home. If sewage smell is in the residence, it is extremely important to get lines checked for the safety and health of your family or team.
- There Are Green Patches Of Grass On Your Property
There may be pleasant, surprising upsides to a leak. Plants and flowers take advantage of nitrates and water within the waste and grow quickly because of it. If your lawn is suddenly looking posh and lively without the help of a green thumb, there may be something sinister among all the roses. If you can detect odor coming off the soil that isn’t normal or smells like sewage, call a professional to make sure this good news isn’t bad news nicely disguised.
- Mold Growth Even If Your Home Is Well Cleaned
Mold growing on ceilings or walls isn’t always due to lack of cleanliness. Certain types of molds only need humidity levels to be 55% to grow rapidly. A cracked line behind a wall or in the flooring can increase humidity in the home, making it a mold factory through no fault of the homeowner. This isn’t to say that all mold grows due to plumbing problems, but if the mold also has sewer odor or runs alone known sewage lines, it's likely you have a leak. If you think you may have one, contact us today to have an inspection of your pipes performed.
Rodents & Insects Have Infested Your Home
No home owner ever wants to hear they have a pest problem, but if you do it may have a lot to do with your sewer line. Rats and other animals are acclimated to sewers and use them as an underground home and travel system. Rats can run right through the walls of your home or home through pipes- but can only get into your home if there is a crack or space. Shockingly, they only need 3/4ths of an inch in space to be able to squeeze into a new home. If you are having issues, contact us today to discuss how to get rid of them once and for all.
Like rats, insects can also get inside of sewer lines through extremely small cracks in sewer lines. A small German cockroach can fit inside of a hole no larger than the width of a dime, while larger American cockroaches can fit through cracks that measure no wider than the width of a quarter. If you keep having repeating insect problems despite ridding of them multiple times, it's very likely you have cracks in your piping that keep them coming right back.
- Pools Of Septic Waste In Your Yard
This is one of the most noticeable signs of all, you can’t miss small or large pools of septic waste in the middle of your landscaping. This can be caused by a cracked main line, clogged drain fields, or a broken septic tank. This usually is found beneath the pool of sewage where there is a burst pipe or crack and is easy to identify and remedy. Our professional team can help you fix the problem quickly.
Trenchless Sewer Repair Options For Homes
Trenchless repair has become the primary and preferred widespread solution to fixing costly sewer line repairs. In the past, the traditional approach was to dig up the pipe, assess the piping problem, and then mend what was broken. This process was grimy and took a lot of time and money to fix.
The traditional way is slowly giving way to trenchless options. Trenchless sewer repair is a process that eliminates the need to dig up your entire yard to access your plumbing. It generally revolves around three different services depending on the situation, including:
- Pipe bursting
- Cured-in-place pipe (CIPP) lining
Pipe Bursting Can Help Replace Water Mains
Pipe bursting is the intentional breaking of degrading or partially collapsed sewer lines. It is more efficient and safer than traditional processes of the past. Technicians first start by fixing a bursting head to the replacement pipeline. They then pull the bursting head through an entry hole to the collapsed or deteriorating sewer line. The bursting head’s base is larger than the diameter of the broken pipe, allowing it to break through the existing damaged pipeline as it travels through.
Using a pull rod or a hydraulic powered machine, the pipe is then pushed from where it originally rested. The replacement pipe, attached behind the bursting head, slides into place right after the original pipe is broken and the fragments are forced out of the way. This fills the space and creates a brand new piping system that is placed exactly where the previous pipe was. This process only takes a couple of hours and saves home owners a lot of money by not having to dig up the pipes line by line. It also is much more environmentally safe, as almost no natural gases, mold, or asbestos that could potentially be in the soil supply are exposed during pipe bursting.
Cured-In-Place Pipe (CIPP) Lining Can Restore The Sewer Lines
The process starts with inserting cameras into the pipes to find out what preparations are needed to clean and fix them. This can extend from a simple flushing of a clogged system to serious root and clog removal. Severely impaired or partially collapsed areas of piping must be evaluated by our professionals to ensure they can be relined without fully collapsing and causing larger issues.
We then insert our lining depending on what the pipes would best work with. The new pipe liner has to be soft enough to be inserted into an existing pipe, but strong enough to provide support once it is cured. It also must be durable enough to efficiently move the waste flowing through the pipes themselves after it cures, requiring the host pipeline to be completely cleared of debris and waste prior to the lining process.
Once the best liner is selected, it is cut to the length of the pipe, then wetted. and pulled it into the host pipe. Wetting is a process wherein liner tube is filled with catalyzed resin. Once it is wetted it is immediately put into the pipe that needs restoration. There are two different ways to pull the liner into the pipe. The pull method uses a rope or cable that is placed into the pipeline and travels downstream until it reaches the end of the pipe, where it is secured to the liner. It is then inflated and fit into place.
How Point Repairs Fix Small Pipeline Problems
Point repairs are a type of CIPP repair. Instead of whole lines needing to be fixed, point repairs are designed to address smaller problems and fix sections of the pipe rather than the entire length of it. This is a much less costly and quicker option for pipes that only have a small portion of them cracking or deteriorating rather than the whole line. They are also prepared at the installation site before being inserted into the pipeline.
Instead of heat cured resins, air temperature cured resins are used and can be made with different wall thickness and certain lengths depending on what each piping problem needs. The liner dipped with resin is then wrapped and pulled into position. This is done as a technician guides it using a camera system. The liner is then inflated to ensure the liner is tight against the pie wall and allowed to cure.
How We Determine Which Trenchless Sewer Repair Option Is Needed For Your Home
It is important that the right process is chosen for each trenchless sewer repair. Pipe bursting is usually the preferred option for multiple reasons. One is that, as mentioned above, it is environmentally friendly compared to other methods. Chemicals, gases, and molds are not released from the ground, and it does not require any other chemicals to be used during the process, encouraging a safe, eco-friendly solution.
Cured-in-place pipe lining is a perfect method for repairing sewer lines in residential industries because, instead of having large qualities of piping needing to be changed out by excavating trenches, technicians can easy and quickly repair only parts of the pipeline, saving homeowners from the burden of needing to close their doors to account for the repairs. The resins used can be cured at ambient temperatures and means that less equipment and time is taken to fix the problem. Technicians can install liners by remote-controlled devices that drill holes into the liner at the point of the lateral connection.
Call Jim Dandy Sewer & Plumbing To Get Your Sewer Pipes Fixed
If you are experiencing any of these issues, the Jim Dandy team are more than happy to help. We specialize in a wide variety of water management services, including sewer line repair on sanitary and storm pipe systems. Waiting to see if these signs will go away will likely cost you more then just time. From the small problems to the large ones, we have your back when it comes to creating a safe and sanitary living environment. With more than 100 years of service under our belts and someone to answer your call day or night, we are there for you in your time of need.
At Jim Dandy Sewer & Plumbing, our professional and knowledgeable team of technicians can perform any of these procedures. Our knowledge of the area, techniques, and equipment needed to solve your problem is unprecedented. If you find yourself dealing with an emergency plumbing situation in your home and need to have it fixed with trenchless solutions, call us at 206-633-1141 today!