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At Trenchless Pipe Repairs LLC, we’re dedicated to solving your plumbing issues. We know that not every pipe problem calls for the work of a professional Sumner, WA plumber. To help you better maintain your home and recognize when you can handle the job yourself or it’s time to call a pro, we’re answering the most common plumbing questions. Our experienced technicians have the experience to guide you through repairs and preventative treatments. Whether you’re looking for a skilled plumbing company in Portland, Oregon or need an immediate answer to your sewer line question, this is the space to find the answer.

The TPR team is here to offer easy-to-understand answers to your questions and explain the basics of plumbing. From drain cleaning to trenchless pipe repair, we’ll provide answers to your pressing questions. The professional technicians at TPR are here to help. Take our plumbing and sewer line repair tips and implement them in your own home.

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What is leak detection?

Leak detection is not something home and business owners can perform on their own. This task will require a professional plumber. Most leaks that are occuring within your pipe system are too small to see with our eyes which is why our team at Trenchless Pipe Repairs LLC is always ready to perform effective leak detection services on your pipes. Leak detection is the process of using smoke, electricity, or water to establish where a leak is located. The leak detection process is conducted by sectioning off an area of your pipe, so whatever substance we use to test your pipe can filter our through the leak or pinhole.

What are the different methods of leak detection?

Smoke Testing: Water line and lateral lines are best tested for a leak with smoke testing. A blower and smoke candle are used to create a chemical reaction, sending harmless, visible smoke through the sewer lines.

Hydrostatic Technology: Leak detection performed with water involves filling the pipes with liquid (usually water), and pressurizing the pipe when the testing is needed. The liquid is dyed a fluorescent color so our technicians can better determine a possible leak. The water valve is shut off and technicians survey for a loss of pressure.

Low-Pressure Air Test: With low-pressure air tests, the pipes are filled with air and observed for 15 minutes to determine if any area loses pressure. This test is frequently used with newly installed plumbing to ensure it was installed properly, but existing pipes can also be tested after the main water valve is shut off and all excess water is drained.

What are the most common plumbing issues in a home?

Your home’s age, pipe material, and preventative maintenance all play a role in the plumbing problems you experience. These are the most common residential plumbing problems we see:

What are the warning signs of a sewer backup?

Tree roots, foreign objects, and other debris can create plumbing issues that can easily cause issues with the plumbing in your home or business. Signs of a sewer backup include:

What causes a sewer backup?

Even if you suspect you’re dealing with a single drain problem, it’s best to have the drain inspected to ensure that blockage doesn’t move into the main sewer line. Some of the most common reasons for a sewer backup include:

  • Broken sewer lines: It’s not uncommon for a city’s underground infrastructure to be older in age with various areas of corrosion. Sewer lines don’t typically top a priority list unless there’s a major problem. When nearby construction or shifting soil cause the sewer lines to shift, pipes can crack or break completely. The toxic wastes and gases can then seep into soil and air, threatening nearby businesses and neighborhoods.

  • Sewer blockages: Tree roots and debris are the two major causes of clogged sewer lines. While the city is responsible for the main sewer line beneath streets, home and business owners must properly maintain the pipes that run from their property into the main line. If roots grow into the piping, that blockage can begin to affect other areas of the sewage system. Preventative maintenance, like Hydro Jetting helps prevent sewer backups.

  • Stormwater flooding: In events of heavy rainfall or other flooding, stormwater can overwhelm the sewage system. When the system is flooded with too much water, the waste begins to go back up into the pipes and out drains in businesses and homes.

Can tree roots grow into my pipes?

Yes, invasive tree roots are one of the most common plumbing issues we see. Aged plumbing or pipes with small cracks are most at risk. A tree root will penetrate the crack and begin growing around or inside of your pipeline, expanding the hole and causing more damage. The moisture causes roots to grow more quickly and also attracts more roots to your system. Tree root intrusions get in the way of your sewer system’s ability to function properly.

Can I prevent tree roots from invading my pipes?

Not every tree root invasion case can be prevented, but regular maintenance will support catching the problem before it attacks your system. If you want to prevent tree root invasion or ensure it doesn’t happen again, use these methods:

  • Implant a root barrier. Dig an 18 to 24-inch trench around the root zone. Install the root barrier. You can do this yourself or hire a landscaping company.
  • Remove the tree. If the tree continues to threaten your pipes, it may be better to remove it completely. One-time tree removal will be less costly than repeated pipe repairs or replacement. Schedule regular plumbing maintenance. A yearly or bi-yearly sewer camera inspection will help detect invasive tree roots before they spread throughout the plumbing system.
  • Keep the sewer line clear. Hydro Jetting breaks up debris, buildup, tree roots and more. Keep your pipes clean so you can immediately tell when something abnormal occurs.

Do you have to dig up my yard to repair a pipe?

While some large-scale sewer repair project may require digging, the majority of pipe repairs can be made with TPR’s trenchless technology. Cure-in-place-pipe lining (or CIPP) repairs are the ideal way to make repairs to sewer lines without rerouting traffic, closing your business, or ruining your front lawn. CIPP means your landscaping and driveway are safe from excavating. Our technicians complete CIPP repairs in three steps:

  1. Sewer Camera Inspection: A high-definition camera is inserted into your pipeline. As the camera moves through your pipes, it will provide our team with a real-time view of your pipe’s interior revealing all cracks, clogs, blockages, and breaks.
  2. Hydro Jetting: An eco-friendly drain cleaning process is used to clear all the debris and build up from your pipes.
  3. Epoxy Material Inserted: The CIPP process is complete when a felt linier is coated in epoxy material and pulled through your clean piped. The epoxy hardens after several hours and your pipes are as good as new.

Should I repair or replace my pipes?

Depending on the pipe material, most plumbing systems last from 30 to 80 years. Good maintenance may even allow your pipes to last longer. The age and condition of your pipes will be the deciding factors in whether to replace or repair the system. In most cases, if the plumbing material isn’t severely corroded, repairs can be made. Pipe replacement is typically reserved for very old pipes or collapsed piping.

How do I know my pipe material?

The age of a home or commercial space can usually give you an idea of the plumbing material used throughout. A camera inspection can determine for sure, but use these points of referes as a guide for what you pipe material may be.

  • Cast Iron: This pipe has a black finish and was used in homes through the mid-1960s.
  • Copper: Homes and buildings built from the 1970s into the early 2000s were largely constructed with copper pipes. These pipes are a bronze color when new and slowly fade to a deep rust or brown color over the years. Copper pipes last 50+ years.
  • Galvanized Steel: If you pipes are a gray metal color, they’re likely made of galvanized steel. This material was often used in homes leading up to the 1970s and is cheaper than copper. The material only lasts for roughly 40 years, which is why it’s no longer widely used.
  • PB (polybutylene): These flexible pipes are usually gray but can also be black or blue. The piping is typically marked with “PB2110.”
  • PEX (cross-linked polyethylene): Flexibility is the selling point of this product. It is plastic tubing that is usually white, red, or blue and used to indicate hot and cold lines.
  • PVC (polyvinyl-chloride): The white plastic pipes are most commonly seen under your kitchen or bathroom sinks used as drain pipes.

How do I clear a clogged drain?

Before attempting to clear a drain, survey the problem. Whether you have a single clog or multiple drains become blocked at once, that’s a sign of a bigger issue. Whenever you have clogged pipes, you should call the at Trenchless Pipe Repairs LLC to make sure the job is done right. Do-it-yourself method of drain cleaning are not a viable solution to your pipe problems and, oftentimes, do not fully solve the problem allowing it to become worse. Methods of snaking your drain or pouring harsh chemicals down your pipes only temporarily restore your pipes to their former function. In fact, do-it-yourself methods of drain cleaning coat the interior walls of your pipes and some chemical drain cleaners are not meant for certain kinds of sewer and drain systems, negatively impacting their function and lifespan.

How do I fix a leaking toilet?

Step number one to repairing a leaking toilet is to locate the leak. If water is coming from the tank, inspect it to see if you spot any cracks. Check that the hose is secured to the toilet base. A leaking tank is also a sign that the toilet needs to be replaced, so if age is a factor, consider replacing the stool. Water leaking from the toilet base may be as simple as tightening the bolts that hold the stool to the floor. If that doesn’t work, the wax rings beneath the bolts may need to be replaced, which will require removing the toilet from the floor.

Do I have a plumbing emergency?

Plumbing emergencies are much different than annoyances. Since plumbing issues, large or small, never occur at a good time, it’s good to know when you should call an emergency plumber and when you can wait until business hours. Our checklist will help determine how dire your situation is:

How many drains or faucets are affected? If the problem is secluded to one drain, it’s likely the connecting pipe and can wait until Monday morning. If multiple drains become clogged at once, you’re likely dealing with a main sewer line blockage and should call in the pros.

Does the problem stop if you shut off a valve? A leaking pipe needs to be repaired, but if you can shut off a main valve to stop the water flow, it can likely wait until morning to be repaired.

Do the toilets flush? Like drains, if one toilet works properly, it’s a connecting pipe problem. If all toilets in the home or business stop flushing properly, you’re facing a sewer line issue that needs to be inspected immediately.

Is the home or business flooding? Call an emergency plumber if a hot water heater busts, the water main breaks or another plumbing problem is causing your space to flood.

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