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A clogged drain can quickly become a nuisance in your home or business. The plumbing professionals at VIP Sewer and Drains Services are here to address your drain cleaning questions, from preventative steps to help avoid clogs, to what to do in the event of a back-up.Whether you are looking for at-home preventive drain cleaning tips, or you need solutions to your drain cleaning problems, let us help. While some drain issues can be handled on your own, many need the assistance of a plumbing professional. In the event of a drain emergency, VIP Sewer and Drain Services is here, 24/7, when you need service most.

With cleansers, fats, oil, and sustenance going down your kitchen deplete, the inward dividers of your kitchen funnels can without much of a stretch be stopped up with development, bringing on an undesirable blockage. In the event that your channel is running moderate or is essentially stopped up, you know who to call. We have the most recent apparatuses and innovation to give powerful deplete cleaning administrations that will reestablish your pipes framework and take solace and accommodation back to your home.


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Often times, drain lines can become clogged with grease or other hard-to-clean out substances, such as sand or sludge. A Hydro Jetter may be the solution, and VIP Sewer and Drain Services can help. Hydro Jetting is an efficient, economical and environmentally safe way to clean drain and sewer pipes.

Hydro-Jetting uses high velocity water pressure to blast away years of accumulated scale, silt, sand, roots and grease build-up on the inside walls of your pipes.

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sewer camera inspectionsYour professionally trained VIP Sewer and Drain Services technician inserts a flexible rod with a high-resolution video camera on its tip into the pipe. The flexible rod allows the camera to travel through the pipe to see the pipe in its entirety. The technician can then determine the condition of the inside of the pipe and understand any existing or potential problems.

During a sewer camera inspections, radio transmitters on the camera record the depth and physical location from the surface of any defect or obstructions to accurately diagnose and solve any drain line concerns. There is no guesswork, so your problems will be resolved quickly and cost effectively.


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Pipe bursting is a Trench-less method of replacing buried pipelines (such as sewer, water, or natural gas pipes) without the need for a traditional construction trench. “Launching and receiving pits” replace the trench needed by conventional pipe-laying.Pipe bursting conventionally involves the insertion of a cone shaped bursting head into an old pipe. The base of the cone is larger than the inside diameter of the old pipe and slightly larger than the outside diameter of the new pipe to reduce friction and to provide space for maneuvering the pipe. The back end of the bursting head is connected to the new Polyethylene (PE) pipe and the front end is attached to a cable or pulling rod. The new pipe and bursting head are launched from the insertion shaft and the cable or pulling rod is pulled from the pulling shaft, as shown in Figure 1. The bursting head receives energy to break the old pipe from one of the following sources: a pulling cable or rod, a hydraulic source, or an air compressor. The energy breaks the old pipe into pieces and expands the diameter of the cavity. As the bursting head is pulled through the old pipe debris, it creates a bigger cavity through which the new pipe is simultaneously pulled from the insertion shaft.


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No one enjoys dealing with sewer line repairs, although sometimes they need to be done. There are many causes of why your sewer line clogs up, and having the proper access to maintain your sewer is key.

A sewer cleanout is an important part of your home’s plumbing and waste disposal system. It is a pipe with a cap that provides access to the sewer line so that blockages can be removed. The lateral sewer line connects your home to the public sewer system.

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Sewer and Drain ReliningRelining in the context of sewer rehabilitation can be defined as the process of repairing a damaged sewer pipeline by inserting a liner coated with resins that is expanded into the damaged pipe to create a lining within the pipe.

The Process

A resin-saturated felt tube made of polyester, fibreglass cloth or any of a number of other materials suitable for resin impregnation, is inserted or pulled into a damaged pipe. It is usually done from the upstream access point (manhole or excavation). It is possible to insert the liner upstream (e.g. from the downstream access point) but this carries greater risk. It is possible to install a liner from the downstream access point, upstream to a blind end; however, this carries the highest risk of all the CIPP installation methods. CIPP is considered a trenchless technology. Little to no digging is involved in this trenchless process, making for a potentially more cost-effective and less disruptive method than traditional “dig and replace” pipe repair methods. The liner can be inserted using water or air pressure. The pressure required for insertion can be generated using pressure vessels, scaffolds or a “chip unit”. Hot water, UV light, ambient cured or steam is used to cure the resin and form a tight-fitting, jointless and corrosion-resistant replacement pipe. Service laterals are restored internally with robotically controlled cutting devices in the larger-diameter pipe. Smaller diameters (100 mm) can be opened remotely using smaller reinstating (reinstalling?) devices designed for small diameter pipe. The service lateral connection can be sealed with specially designed CIPP materials. The resin used is typically polyester for mainline lining and epoxy for lateral lines. Since all resins shrink (epoxy resins shrink far less than poly and vinyl ester versions) and it is impossible to bond to a sewer that has fats, oils, and grease an annular space exists between the new CIPP liner and the host pipe. The annular space exists in all installations just some are larger than others and depending on the severity may need additional rehabilitation. There are multiple ways to prevent water from tracking in the annular space and entering back into the waste stream including: water swelling material (hydrophilic), lining of the entire connection and host pipe with a continuous repair (YT repair) gaskets, and point repairs placed at the ends of the host pipe and at the lateral connections.

Advantages

As a trenchless technology, CIPP does not require excavation to rehabilitate a pipeline that is either leaking or structurally unsound. Depending upon design considerations an excavation may be made, but the liner is often installed through a manhole or other existing access point. Anything larger than 60 inches must be excavated in order to install. Liner is installed as it is wet out on site in these instances. In the case of sewer lines, lateral connections are also restored without excavation via a remote controlled device that drills a hole in the liner at the point of the lateral connection. If larger than 24″ and it is safe to do so someone will reinstate laterals by hand. CIPP has a smooth interior and no joints. While CIPP can repair a pipe with bends, special design considerations must be taken into account to prevent wrinkling and stretching. CIPP can effectively reduce infiltration and leaks in pipeline systems without digging.


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There could be several reasons for a clogged sewer line. Broken pipes, debris and tree roots can all cause improper draining throughout the sewer system. Tree roots can grow into an old sewer pipe in search for water, causing a ruptured or clogged sewer line. Debris, such as toilet paper and feminine hygiene products, can catch on small obstructions in the pipes, causing major clogs. In any of these cases, you may be in need of sewer repair or a sewer line replacement.


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Homeowners can often fix drain clogs themselves if the problem is confined to specific fixtures such as a sink drain or a toilet. However, when all drains are affected — or when you see warning signs, such as water going down one drain and backing up in another — that generally means the main drain is clogged.

If it’s a blockage from something flushed down a toilet, clear the drain by using a plumber’s auger or snake. However, in older neighborhoods, the cause may be tree roots. Older sewer lines were made from fired clay and as they age and weaken the tree roots creep in. Drain experts are often able to bore through the roots and clear the drain, but in many cases the original drain pipe has become so deteriorated that the new passageway eventually collapses. When this happens the drain line usually needs to be replaced.When lines become clogged and damages occur, in the majority of cases, the homeowners’ responsibility begins at the connection point to the city sewer system and includes the lateral lines and all drain plumbing in the home. Any maintenance, repairs and unclogging of these lines must be done by the homeowner, often with the help of a plumbing service.


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Trenchless Pipe ReplacementTrenchless sewer repair is a less invasive option to repairing common sewer line problems than traditional sewer repair. With traditional sewer repair, there is much digging and excavation to remove broken and cracked pipes and replace them. This can often destroy landscaping, driveways, and other structures. Traditional sewer repair creates needless debris and introduces contaminated waste into landfills when it is disposed of. Often times using traditional sewer repair is impossible due to business needs or ordinances that do not allow for such destructive methods.

Trenchless sewer repair accomplishes what can be done traditionally without the need to dig or destroy and can even repair pipes underneath existing structures without disturbing them. This method is greener than traditional sewer repair methods since it reuses pipe that is already in the ground instead of creating waste that has to be carried away. Using the existing pipe as a “host” for the structural liner prevents the disruption of any soil that may be contaminated by the raw sewage that has leaked through the cracks and voids of the old pipe.

With cleansers, fats, oil, and sustenance going down your kitchen deplete, the inward dividers of your kitchen funnels can without much of a stretch be stopped up with development, bringing on an undesirable blockage. In the event that your channel is running moderate or is essentially stopped up, you know who to call. We have the most recent apparatuses and innovation to give powerful deplete cleaning administrations that will reestablish your pipes framework and take solace and accommodation back to your home.

Trenchless Pipe Replacement

Advantages of Trenchless Sewer Repair and Replacements.

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Steps to Trenchless Sewer Repair Installation

  1. Access points are identified. These could be exterior clean-out fittings, vent stacks, or toilet openings. These access points will be used to video inspect the damaged pipes and will also provide entry and “pull points” for the liner sleeve.
  2. A video inspection of the pipe is done to pinpoint actual pipe damage.
  3. An epoxy coated liner sleeve is inserted into the damaged pipe area.
  4. Sleeve is inflated and forms a new pipe in the damaged area.
  5. After liner sleeve has cured, follow-up video inspection is done to verify pipe is repaired accurately. The end result is a smooth and seamless “pipe within a pipe”.

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What Causes Copper Pipes to Leak ?

Contrary to popular belief copper water piping doesn’t last forever. In its original design criteria, copper piping was projected to last for 20-25 years, but failure can often occur in as little as two years due to water chemistry.

Changes in water chemistry, unrelated to water quality, have caused the water to become aggressive towards the copper piping.

Copper is the most widely used material for plumbing systems because of its ease of use, resistance to corrosion, and resistance to permeation by liquids and gases, which may be sources of corrosion and contamination.

Copper piping has been used for domestic water supply for over 50 years. Since 1963, over 5.3 million miles of copper plumbing tube has been installed in about 80 percent of all U.S. buildings.

Hot or warm spots in the floor, soaked carpeting, ceilings or walls and abnormally high water bills are signs of failing copper pipes.

Pinhole Leaks
The State of Cajifornia Task Force to Study Pinhole Leaks in Copper Plumbing defines a copper pinhole leak as “the perforation of copper tube, pipe or fittings used for domestic water distribution as the result of pitting corrosion initiated on the interior/waterside surface with the subsequent leakage of water.”

Internal pitting corrosion of copper pipes is a rare but costly problem that leads to the formation of pinhole leaks. Although the factors that cause this problem are mostly unknown, it is well recognized that the chemistry of the water traveling through the pipes can influence the formation and propagation of pits.

A pinhole leak is a final breakthrough event of the progressive attack of pitting corrosion on copper water plumbing. A copper water plumbing system can be in a condition of having significant damage by pitting corrosion, but not have pinhole leaks. The challenge is how to discover pitting corrosion before pinhole leaks develop.

Although pinhole leaks could happen in any copper pipe or tube within a house, the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) reported that the majority of pinhole leaks that their customers had reported were in cold-water, horizontal copper piping. Most of the leaks were in older homes, and 80 percent of the reports involved homes built prior to 1970.

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