Chuck’s Podcast with Gary Sullivan

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On December 1, 2018, our owner, Chuck Menkhaus, was invited to speak on Gary Sullivan’s podcast, “At Home with Gary Sullivan.” The podcast is focused on providing home improvement and maintenance tips to its listeners. Gary also regularly discusses the latest and greatest technologies that could be beneficial to any property owner.

For more than twenty years, CME has been the Cincinnati tri-state area’s trusted sewer and pipe repair professionals. On February 1, 2011 CME lined its first sewer pipe, and even though pipe lining was first introduced to the sewer industry in the 1970’s, we understand that the process can be confusing. That is why we love having the opportunity to educate our community and customers whenever possible.

At CME, our goal is to provide a comprehensive and thorough service that fully addresses the rehabilitation of your underground sewer and/or plumbing system. When we were invited to appear on “At Home with Gary Sullivan,” we were excited to be able to share our down-to-earth industry knowledge and lining experience with the community that has trusted us over the last two decades.

In the podcast, we go over a number of subjects related to the history of pipe lining technology, its materials, and the common problems associated with aging underground sewer and wastewater systems. Many residential, commercial and even industrial buildings now have aging pipes, and our goal is to rehabilitate their entire underground piping system without any unnecessary excavation and subsequent reconstruction costs. With our years of experience, we understand how the surrounding infrastructure of a property, such as landscaping, is an intrinsic value of the property, and nobody likes to see their property destroyed due to an unseen, underground issue.

Fortunately, trenchless technologies allow us to repair most underground pipes with the least possible disturbance so that your home and/or business experience minimal disruption and inconvenience. During the podcast, we fully detail our pipe-lining process and how it is ultimately much more affordable than the traditional dig-and-replace method.

Our final subject in this podcast details when you should look to call the pipe-lining experts at CME. Although you may try your best to perform regular maintenance on your aging and deteriorating underground sewer and/or plumbing system, unexpected repairs are still going to be unavoidable. If you notice any air releasing from your pipes (gurgling) and/or water pooling in your drains or yard, then contact our team of professionals as soon as possible to come take a look. We always perform initial camera inspections to identify and accurately diagnose the problem, before proposing any type of repair. These camera inspections are recorded and shared with you so that you may see the issues for yourself. We hope you enjoy listening and let us know if you have any questions.

4 Ways to Keep Your Ohio Pipes Running Through the Winter

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Any resident of Ohio is familiar with the common problems that can occur when the temperatures drop during winter. You may have already put snow tires on your car or bought a fresh supply of de-icer in anticipation of snow and ice. Property owners also take proactive steps to protect their plumbing from common cold-weather nightmares. Here are four maintenance tips to preserve your pipes and maintain water flow all winter long.

1. Insulate Your Pipes
When uninsulated plumbing pipes freeze and burst, they can flood your home and leave you with a costly repair bill — not just from repairing your broken pipes, but from water damage to your property. Don’t let water freeze in your pipes this winter. Wrap them in foam plumbing tubing, available from your local hardware store, and secure it with duct tape. Don’t overlook outdoor pipes in this process, too.

2. Be Cautious About What You Put Down Your Drain
You should always be mindful not to treat your kitchen sink like a trash can, but this advice is especially important to follow in the winter. Cooking oil, coffee grounds and large food scraps are more likely to result in a clog when it’s cold outside.

3. Protect Your Water Supply
Having the hot water suddenly run out during your shower can be a rude awakening, particularly in the winter. Your water heater runs less efficiently in cold weather. You can prevent this problem by insulating the room where your water heater is, or by calling an experienced technician to insulate your water heater itself.

4. Get Preventive Maintenance
The best way to protect your pipes this winter is to get any leaks or clogs repaired before the chilly weather fully sets in. You don’t want to worry about a plumbing issue popping up while you’re entertaining guests during the holidays, or having to deal with the hassle of a flooded basement in the depths of winter. Call your local experts at CME Sewer Repair to fix those minor problems before they develop into something more severe.

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Since 1999, CME Sewer Repair has offered minimally intrusive plumbing solutions to residential, industrial and commercial customers throughout southwest Ohio, as well as southeastern Indiana and northern Kentucky. Contact us to discover our innovative plumbing repair techniques and stellar reputation for customer service.

Why you want to hire a company that doesn’t use subcontractors

Sewer and drain cleaning, repair, and replacement can be an intimidating process to home and business owners. When making the decision to seek out professional assistance with your sewer and drain pipes, it is important to understand how the company is going to carry out the services you need done. Are they a full-service company that is going to put in the work in to ensure your satisfaction? Or are they a company that hires someone else to do the work that you’re paying them for?

While this may seem like extra work for you, it is essential in protecting your Ohio property from damaging results that your hard-earned money is going into. Here are three quick reminders about why you don’t want to work with a company that uses subcontractors:

Credibility of Ohio Sewer Repair Companies

Seeking out a credible company that does not hire someone else to do the work for them shows that they are willing to meet your specific needs and care about you as their customer. When searching for a company to assist you with your sewer and drain needs, check to see if they have up-to-date reviews on sites like Yelp that allow you to become familiar with the work that they do. If you cannot find any reviews of the company itself, you know that they are probably not going to have your best interest at heart.

Responsibility of Sewer and Drain Companies

When a company is hiring subcontractors to do the work for them, they are not taking responsibility for the work you are paying them for. If subcontractors are working on your residential, commercial, or municipal property and something goes wrong, it is more than likely that they are not going to feel obligated to inform you about every detail of their work. This also takes the pressure of off the company because the damage being done was not a direct result of their work. You want to work with a company that is honest with you during every step of the process.

Reliability of Sewer and Drain Services

When you’re experiencing sewer or drain problems, you only want to make sure that the services you need done are completed in a timely and effective manner. It is an inconvenience for you to have to additional stress about whether or not the services will work, and more importantly, whether or not the company you hire will be there when they need to. Working with a company that you can directly rely on is vital to the function of your property and the satisfaction of your family, customers, and residents.

Call Your Team At CME Sewer Repair Today!

Ohio homes and business owners should not have to worry about a company placing their sewer or drain issues in someone else’s hands. At CME Sewer Repair, we never use subcontractors and take pride in providing customers with careful, reliable, and affordable services that best meet their needs.

Top 4 Pipe Issues

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Many are caught off guard by a broken or burst pipe, but these kinds of plumbing issues rarely happen overnight. There are a number of reasons behind pipe issues, and here are the top four affecting Ohio and Kentucky neighborhoods:

Pinhole Leaks

Pinhole leaks develop in pipes that are located under slabs, and homeowners may start to notice a humming or whistling sound as the air leaves the pipe. In piping, there are 2 reasons pinhole leaks occur- first, acidic water, and second, mixed metals in your plumbing.

Most leaks start forming if there’s an improper backfill or if the installation of the pipes was improper to begin with. Cutting costs will usually yield the barest gauge, and this is the spot where most leakages come from. The pipe itself may be made of inferior material, so as water passes it corrodes the surface, accelerating the erosion process.

Cracks

Temperature changes and moisture fluctuation in the environment can contract or expand your pipes, which could result in a crack. Pipe materials such as clay will naturally rot and disintegrate over time. Older homes will need to have their pipes repaired or replaced as they break down due to normal wear and tear. Newer homes are also susceptible to pipe cracks due to over-pressurization, constant exposure to extreme temperatures, or improper installations.

Tree Root Invasion

Roots can extend a great distance from trees in search for nutrients. Shrubs and trees naturally seek out moisture and can be especially drawn to your pipe if there are holes, leaks, and poorly sealed joints. Over time, the roots grow and subsequently invade your pipe, choking it and preventing proper flow in the process. Call our experienced technicians if you notice sinkholes, wet patches in your yard, or unexpected drops in water pressure.

Blockages

Clogs usually can be identified early by noting an unusual gurgling sound whenever you use the toilet. Additionally, if you’re experiencing slow drainage, recurring clogs in and around the bathtub, drains, or the washing machine, then it’s very possible a clog is to blame. If left untreated, a simple clog can become serious and cause major issues. It’s best to call a professional to determine the state of your pipes as soon as you notice a potential clog symptom.

Pinhole leaks can cause as much damage as larger ones, cracked pipes can burst, and backups due to clogged drains can lead to significant property damage. At CME, we use advanced leak detection technology to find the tiniest leaks with accuracy. We use the powerful hydro jetter to clear roots and stubborn blockages, and implement trenchless repairs for a permanent solution to your pipe problems.

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How Can Regular Pipe Inspections Help Avoid Accidents In Older Sewer Systems In Hyde Park Homes?

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Hyde Park is well-known as a prestigious, historic part of Cincinnati, and its reputation is well-deserved: Many of the expansive homes in this exclusive neighborhood date to the early 1900’s. Unfortunately, lurking below these beautiful manors, aging sewer systems are quietly crumbling away, steadily deteriorating until an emergency sewer failure takes over your day.

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Trenchless Sewer Line Repair Saves Your Yard in Dayton

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Your home is the biggest financial investment you will ever make. It is where you live, grow, raise your family and make your memories. It is your security. It makes sense, then, to protect that investment by making regular necessary repairs and replacements to keep the systems of your home running smoothly. While no one usually enjoys the process of home maintenance, it is of utmost importance to keep things functioning well and to prevent more costly repairs later on.

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Then and Now: Traditional Sewer Repair vs. CIPP Epoxy Lining

cured in place pipeHere’s what sewer pipe repair and replacement used to look like: a crew of excavators and plumbers would spend one to two days tearing up your property. They would dig a large open trench above your broken sewer line, polluting the neighborhood with noise and diesel exhaust fumes. Plus, your water and sewer would typically get shut off for a minimum of 10 hours, which means no flushing or water use at all.

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3 of the Most Common Reasons You May Need Sewer Inspection in Dayton

Sewer InspectionA sewer is used in homes, many times during the day. It is not something that most homeowners think about from day to day. Drainage is one of the things the people take for granted. When it is working properly; there is no reason to even have the sewer pipes come up in conversation. That does not mean that at some point a problem can arise. When a problem begins to form with the sewer pipes it still may go undetected. Normally when homeowners realize there is a sewer problem, it has been an ongoing issue for some time. It has finally gotten to the point that it is becoming noticeable because it has turned into a severe issue. Once an individual realizes that something is not right with their sewer; then it may be time to have a sewer inspection. Read more

3 Warning Signs That You Could Have Major Plumbing Issues in Columbus

Plumbing ProblemsThe cost of repairs isn’t the only thing that comes along with damaged plumbing. Leaks that affect your home or building’s structure, mold, mildew, and busted pipes all cause major inconveniences. The sooner plumbing issues are resolved the better, as the expense and hassle only gets larger as the problems are allowed to worsen. If you’re a residential or commercial property owner in Columbus and you’re concerned about the state of your plumbing, here are some signs that there’s a major problem. Read more

Consider the Benefits of a Trenchless Sewer Line Replacement in Dayton

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Trenchless sewer line replacement in Dayton offers many advantages over traditional repair methods. Homeowners who use this modern plumbing technology say it is the most cost-effective approach. It is also faster than old methods and leaves less yard mess.

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