Properly working pipes are one of the most important (and generally most underrated) features of your commercial, industrial, or municipal property. Problems with pipes are impossible to ignore as they prevent you from doing basic, second nature tasks like running your commercial dishwasher, flushing your toilets or removing process water from your industrial facility. As the local leader in trenchless pipe repair, it is our goal at CME Pipe Lining & Sewer Repair to make pipe repair fast, affordable and virtually permanent, so you can get back to your daily routine with the least amount of disruption. Read on to learn more about the symptoms, causes, and solutions to all your underground or encased piping problems.
An underground or encased pipe can experience a variety of issues, causing any number of symptoms, which will require immediate attention from an underground-pipe or pipe-lining professional, as they often are the result of a larger issue. If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, call CME Pipe Lining & Sewer Repair for a free camera inspection:
- Multiple drains that are slow (sinks, toilets, tubs)
- Foul/sewage odor
- Sewage backup
- Your carpet or floors or even walls are inexplicably wet
- Unexplained puddles or dips in your yard
- Cracking of your driveway and/or porch
Most Common Causes of Pipe Problems
- Shifting soil: Changing seasons and inclement weather will affect your soil and cause it to shift. If the soil becomes very dry from drought, then it begins to shrink away from your pipe. Conversely, if it rains or snows and the soil becomes saturated, it will expand and increase pressure on the pipe. Over time these changing soil conditions can cause a pipe to crack, shift – thereby dislocating its joints, or even collapse. The result is one or several of the symptoms listed above.
- Corrosion/Erosion: There is a number of conditions that can cause a pipe to corrode or erode. Water chemistry is one such condition: if the pH of the water is too low, or the water is too oxygenated corrosion can occur. Hard water, minerals in the water and debris can cause the pipe to erode, as can high water temperatures. One of the most common conditions resulting in corrosion or erosion, however, is simply old piping. Pipes installed before 1980 are often made with galvanized steel or cast iron and are susceptible to corrosion. Corrosion and erosion lead to dirt, gravel and root penetration, which leads to clogs and the above symptoms.
- Blockage: Roots, sanitary products, and debris can all block a sewer line, which at best will lead to multiple slow drains on your property and at worst will cause a back-up of wastewater inside your property. If just one sink or toilet is draining slowly it is most likely a localized clog in that unit’s drain, however, multiple slow drains on the property are probably the result of a larger sewer line blockage. Roots are the most common cause of clogs simply because they are attracted to underground sewer and wastewater pipes. The pipes provide warmth, nutrients, oxygen, and moisture for the trees, so the roots will find any entrance points, however small. This is particularly the case on properties where the sewer lines are made with clay, cast iron or porous material. This will also occur in pipes that have cracks from the soil shifting. Undetected tree roots will begin to grow and entangle themselves in the pipes causing severe clogs, cracks, breakages and always sewage backups.
- Grease build up: When grease is poured down drains it hardens into a solid in your pipes. After a while, grease deposits will begin to build up, causing major clogs and potential long-term side effects. We highly recommend calling a professional when this happens, as pouring chemicals down the drain to break up the grease clogs can result in pipe corrosion, which in turn will lead to a different kind of blockage.
- Extreme weather: Extreme rain can take a toll on your pipes if your sump pump is routed to the sewer. Pipes are only able to handle a certain amount of water, and excess rain or melted snow can put too much pressure on your pipes.
What is Trenchless Pipe Repair?
Trenchless pipe repair, or pipe lining, is a pipe repair process that eliminates the need to dig up the existing pipe and replace it. When a pipe is lined, the structural integrity of the pipe is restored to brand new, over its entire length, with minimal disruption at the surface.
Why Choose Trenchless Pipe Repair?
Traditional excavation requires a crew to dig up whatever lies atop the length of your pipe (or just the small section being repaired), in order to access it and repair or replace it, taking days or sometimes weeks to complete. With trenchless pipe repair you eliminate the need for digging, which results in the following benefits:
- Effective: A lined pipe will flow smoothly for many years, not only immediately improving your daily life, but also cutting costs on water bills and any future pipe repair needs you will probably have had. After each pipe lined, it is always followed by a video pipe inspection to ensure your pipe is in top condition.
- Time savings: The use of an epoxy-resin-saturated liner and whatever minimal digging may be required for access to the pipe means that trenchless pipe lining will often have your pipes ready for use the same day. In addition, post-repair clean-up is significantly reduced or even eliminated, without the yard waste and heavy machinery involved with traditional pipe repair.
- Cost savings: The cost of pipe excavation can accrue up to thousands, or tens of thousands, of Dollars, depending on the depth and location of the pipe. From paying large crews for multiple days of work to the actual waste cleanup and any landscaping or remodeling required after the fact, the costs can really add up. With trenchless pipe repair, you eliminate all of those elements, making it an affordable option for your residence, or your commercial or industrial property.
- Environmentally friendly: The excavation required for traditional pipe repair has eliminated a lot of mature and beautiful trees from people’s yards. Disturbing the soil, in general, is not environmentally friendly, not to mention the fact that it can potentially bring toxins like asbestos or mold to the surface, which are released into the air and become a hazard for surrounding people and water. It is safer and better for the environment to choose an option that does not to disturb the land around us.
- Painless: When you think of pipe repair, images of loud and smelly excavators, and a bunch of strangers traipsing around your property come to mind. This work can disrupt your daily routine, be bad for business and cause some major headaches – literally and figuratively. The trenchless pipe replacement method, on the other hand, requires one or two access points, existing or to be created, where the epoxy-resin-saturated liner is inserted into the existing pipe, and allowed to cure in place. No digging, minimal traipsing and no headaches.
- Comprehensive and long-term fix: Trenchless pipe repair results in a brand new, structural and seamless pipe inside the entire length of the old pipe. This new pipe is engineered to a 50-year life. Structural means that it meets all specifications and can exist alone without the old pipe, seamless means that there are no longer any fragile joints that may invite roots into the pipe, and being the length of the pipe means that even if there are weaknesses elsewhere along the old pipe, they will not be the cause of any future disruption requiring repair.
The Trenchless Pipe Repair Process
The severity of your pipe’s damage and its accessibility will determine whether and how much digging may have to occur if any. Every situation tends to be different – from what is causing the issue to how the pipe was laid (the number of twists and turns it may have) to what lies above it. Regardless of the situation, however, CME will find the most effective and least destructive way to line your pipe from beginning to end, and the process is essentially always the same:
- Sewer Camera Inspection
At CME, each trenchless pipe repair begins with a sewer camera inspection. Sewer camera inspections allow our technicians to look inside the pipe to identify the exact location of the clog, crack or break, and properly diagnose the cause of your symptoms. Sewer camera inspections also provide our customers with absolute clarity as to what they are paying for – you can witness your pipe’s issue/s with your own eyes thanks to our real-time footage, both before and after the pipe repair. Our expert will begin by inserting a flexible rod with a high-resolution, waterproof camera attached into the pipe. The rod is able to easily maneuver through the pipe and capture any and all damage that is present.
If your pipe is clogged with debris or tree roots, CME will hydro-jet it. Hydro jetting uses high-pressure water to blast out any clogs and debris in your pipe leaving it clean and prepped for lining. After identifying an access point, our team of experts will insert a hose with a powerful multi-directional nozzle into the pipe. They will then release the pressurized water into the pipe, clearing it out quickly and with ease.
- Cured-In-Place Pipe Lining
This environmentally-friendly form of pipe lining is an excellent non-invasive option for pipe repair. Once the pipe has been completely cleared of clogs and debris, our technicians will insert a cut-to-length, non-woven liner, saturated with an epoxy resin, into your existing pipe through a single access point. Once the liner is inside the full length of your pipe, it is pressurized with steam or water so that it molds itself to the inside of your existing pipe and is held there while it hardens (cures). Once cured any tie-ins (openings to other pipes feeling into the lined pipe) are cut out to restore full service. After a cured-in-place pipe lining process has been completed, you can expect drastically improved water flow for years to come.
Why Consult CME For Your Pipe Problems?
CME Pipe Lining & Sewer Repair is a trusted leader in providing fast, effective pipe lining and sewer repair services. We know the effect pipe problems can have on your daily life, and that is why it is our mission to eliminate your pipe issues, with the least possible disruption to your life. We do this by using the best technology our industry has to offer and training in our skilled technicians in how to best use it. We are problem-solvers and our customers’ needs always come first. There are a few things that make CME the go-to resource for pipe-lining:
- Quality: Our team of experts pride themselves on providing quality and respectful service, and we have the ratings (and customer reviews) to prove it. CME Pipe Lining & Sewer Repair is a 5-star rated company and has earned a BBB A+ Rating since 2012. Read our customer reviews here.
- Flexibility: Commercial and industrial pipe repair projects generally require flexibility as commerces like to be able to stay open and manufacturers want to minimize any downtime. CME will schedule the work around business hours and plant shutdowns, further minimizing the cost of the project by eliminating lost revenue.
- Capability: Hand-in-hand with flexibility comes capability. Narrow timeframes for completing projects mean that there is no room for downtime on the service provider’s end. CME has invested in multiples of the same equipment so that if one piece goes down, another is there to replace it so that the job can get done on time.
- Experience: With over 20 years of experience in sewer repair, and over 8 years in pipe lining, CME has seen it all. There’s no challenge too big when it comes to pipe repair.
- Free Camera Inspections: At CME, we believe you should have all the tools and knowledge you need to make an informed decision. That’s why we don’t stop at free estimates; we provide free camera inspections so you can be confident that your issue is being taken care of it the best possible way.
If you are concerned that your property may be experiencing pipe-damage-related issues, do not hesitate to contact us. We are passionate about fixing pipes and are always committed to providing you with the best service possible. Contact our team to schedule an appointment or to learn more about the services we offer. We look forward to providing you with peace of mind.