The drain and sewer systems are hardly given much thought when everything is working smoothly. It explains why most issues are left till late when the sewage starts flowing back or is leaking through burst drainage pipes that you realize what a crucial part of your wellbeing they play. The inconvenience caused by drainage problems increases when you consider the impact on your health and the environment. These concerns are the reasons why you need immediate drain repair services.
At Smiley Drain, our 24hr service and emergency response mean we are available anytime a problem occurs, which helps in the quick resolution of your problem. Our technicians are trained in the full range of options available for drain pipe repairs and observe the required safety and building codes while using equipment approved by the regulatory standards in your municipal or township.
Before starting any repair work, our technicians will inspect your building, the drainage system, and the surrounding area to identify the cause of the problem and choose the best option for fixing it permanently and in the shortest times possible.
Types of Drain Repair Methods
There are two main categories of drain repairs which reflect the nature of their approach to fixing damages drain systems. These are excavations and trenchless.
Excavation is an older approach to repairing drains. As the name suggests, it typically involves digging up a trench along the pipe to expose it and repair or replace it. It is a simpler approach to fixing damaged pipes and broken lines and other serious issues that would require more effort and exposure of the pipes for the repair to be done.
However, it requires a lot of time and can, in large scale issues, take a full day or more. It also causes damage to the surrounding surface, which will require fixing after the repair work is done. Unless it is the only option possible, excavation is hardly used in most professionally done repairs.
As the names suggest, this method of drain repair aims to repair the drain pipes without digging a trench hence preserving the surface. There is some little digging done where two pits are dug at either end of the pipe. With all the ends exposed, there different repair techniques that can be used to fix the problematic sections.
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Types of Trenchless Drain Repairs
In pipelining, a carrier pipe known as a liner is inserted into the drain line's full length. Once it is well fitted, it is inflated using an air bladder, which makes it flush with the pipe walls. The liner is then safely secured at both ends, and the holes are closed. With a lifespan of 50 years, it is an effective way to deal with cracks and leaks in the original pipe.
Cured in Place Pipe
Cured-in-place pipe lining is the most preferred method because it is also the least invasive causing the least disturbance on the property. It is used for a wide variety of pipe materials and pipes that pass a variety of substances. A resin-soaked liner is applied to line the damaged sections of the pipe using air pressure for about four hours to ensure it sticks in place.
The resin epoxy then cures in place, forming a bond with the original pipe fixing the crack. Once it is done, the air pressure bladder is removed, and a final inspection performed. In most cases, the surrounding surface is hardly touched, and the work is only done from one end once the problem area has been spotted. It also costs less and only takes a few hours for the repair work to be done.
Pull-in-Place is a similar strategy to cured in place only that it only targets larger cracks and gaps, and it is also a bit more invasive. Two access points are required for feeding the liner into the pipe and pulling it through to get to the damaged area. Steam is then fed through the liner to help the epoxy attach to the pipes. The epoxy material used in both these methods comes with warranties guaranteeing lifetimes of 50 plus more years.
, forming a bond with the original pipe fixing the crack. Once it is done, the air pressure bladder is removed, and a final inspection performed. In most cases, the surrounding surface is hardly touched, and the work is only done from one end once the problem area has been spotted. It also costs less and only takes a few hours for the repair work to be done.
Pipe Bursting and Pipe Splitting
Pipe bursting is used in instances where the whole existing pipe or a large section has to be replaced. It is also used for upsizing the original drain pipe. With pipe bursting, two access pits each measuring four feet have to be dug one on each end of the pipe being replaced. It is used largely on pipes made from a brittle material.
The pipe gets fitted with a bursting head from the insertion pit, and then it is dragged using hydraulic power through the older pipe, breaking it apart while pulling in the new pipe, usually made of durable plastic that can last up to 100 years.
In the instance that the original pipe was made of metal or plastic, which may not break as clay or concrete pipes, pipe splitting is used. Instead of a bursting head, the head has a splitting blade for cutting through the pipe, and then an extension follows separating the split sections creating space for the replacement pipe.
Drain Maintenance & Which Method Works Best for You
All these methods have their ideal context, and the modern methods have made drain repair easy and safer. An excellent drain repair service will perform a survey and determine which method will work best for your residence. Our technicians have excellent experience and training in all these options. We also listen to your concerns and tailor our repair work to your needs and preferences.
Before you get to the point of repair work, you should ensure you have the best maintenance of your drain and sewer system. Not only will you have cleaner outdoors, but you will also be preventing serious clogs and exerting too much pressure on the pipes, which often leads to the cracks and leaks.
Regular maintenance also identifies problems much earlier, making any repair work short and less costly. Contact us today for any questions and issues with your plumbing, sewer, and drainage, and let us fix it for you.
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