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  • The Benefits of Trenchless Pipe Repair

    Processes for fixing pipes have come a long way thanks to innovative technologies that enable plumbing professionals to address these issues more effectively. Trenchless pipe repair allows plumbers to take action in a way that wasn't possible before, and homeowners can realize a number of advantages from this method. Here are a few of the benefits you can yield by going with trenchless pipe repair:

    1. Minimal landscaping damageTrenchless pipe repair

    When you work hard to maintain your lawn and assorted landscaping features, it can come as a blow that plumbers need to dig a trench to access an underground sewer pipe. However, trenchless plumbing repair techniques such as pipe bursting or pipe relining requires only one or two small access holes, usually at the entrance and exit of the pipes. This will significantly reduce the damage to your landscaping and will save thousands of dollars in yard repairs.

    2. Better quality and function

    Trenchless pipe repairs put in cured-in-place liners or seamless Polyethylene piping, providing a better quality piping material for long-term benefits. These pipes help prevent off-set pipes, cracks, corrosion, rusting and tree root invasions. This benefit makes trenchless methods perfect for reducing the need for future repairs for decades to come.

    In addition to providing a higher quality material, the trenchless pipe liners can increase flow capacity, helping the pipes to last longer and preventing future clogs. Homeowners can rest easy that they won't have to clean out their sewer line as often or need to worry about a burst pipe in the near future.

    3. Faster completion timeline

    The trenchless plumbing repair method can take substantially less time than older traditional approaches, but a variety of factors come into play. Crews often finish in a single day, depending on the extent of the repair. This benefit means that homeowners will enjoy a quick and tidy repair without a lot of damage to landscaping, driveways, sidewalks or trees.  

    The benefits of trenchless pipe repair make it a no-brainer for homeowners who need to fix their plumbing system. With less damage, faster completion and better quality, the trenchless method will save you money and provide a pipe solution that will last longer. Call a Roto-Rooter plumbing professional for your trenchless pipe repair service.


  • 3 Quick Fixes for Leaking Pipes

    Leaking pipesA home's pipes are essential to keeping everything running properly, but when a pipe starts to leak, that can mean big problems for homeowners. A leaking pipe might not be visible right away, leading to major damages if not addressed. If you do find that a pipe is leaking, there are three quick fixes you can make until a plumbing professional is able to come out and assess the extent of the issue. But your first step should always be to turn off the water supply valve. If the leak is in a water supply pipe beneath a sink, turn off the water supply valves under the sink. Otherwise, turn off your home’s main water supply valve to limit the amount of water that can cause damage.

    Use available materials

    If your pipe is hemorrhaging water and you don't have enough time to make it to a store to get the necessary supplies, try to use items that you have on-hand. If the hole is small, stick a pencil point into it. Wrap the pipe with electrician's tape and use putty if you have it to ensure it doesn't leak. This should buy you enough time to call a professional or make permanent repairs. Try wrapping a piece of rubber around the pipe, then using a C-clamp and blocks of wood to hold it in place. Don’t clamp down too hard or you’ll bend or damage the pipe. These items can potentially minimize damage and allow you to keep the main water valve on to supply the rest of the house. Your next step should be to call a plumber or get materials to fully fix the problem.

    Put on a patch

    Patching up a pipe will be much more effective than using items within reach. Epoxy compounds and pipe wraps can be applied anywhere on the pipe for all types of leaks and cracks. This ensures that the pipe will hold until it can be replaced or fully repaired. Depending on the damage, it may be more cost-effective to put in a new pipe section, but this quick fix can give you the time to make necessary repairs on your own schedule.

    Call a professional

    Although this fix might not be as fast as the other two, a plumbing expert can easily and quickly address an assortment of leak issues, and will have the tools on hand to get the job right the first time. This will get your plumbing system a permanent, reliable fix and provide you peace of mind knowing that your pipes were repaired correctly. Roto-Rooter plumbers are licensed, experienced and fully capable of repairing any leaking water pipe. Plumbers can also fully replace a damaged section of pipe if needed or will provide you with options to patch the hole.

    Fixing a leaking pipe can be difficult if tackled on your own. With these three quick tips, you'll be able to lessen or hold the leak until you can call a professional or gather the materials to make permanent fixes. Call a Roto-Rooter professional today to help with your leaking pipes.


  • Trenchless Pipe Bursting | Roto-Rooter

    Trenchless pipe burstingYou have called a local plumber over for what you once thought was a small clog but the problem has been diagnosed as sewer failure and is causing raw sewage to backup into your home. Images of dirt mounds, large equipment and a destroyed, dug up yard begin to fill your mind. What can be done so your home doesn’t look like a construction site? Roto-Rooter’s trenchless pipe bursting and replacement service is the answer.

    Depending on your local codes, your pipes could be anywhere from 6-12 feet below ground and sometimes even deeper! Sewer failure can cause major disruptions for home owners and businesses. Thankfully, your Roto-Rooter plumber steps in to calm your nerves and explain their new trenchless pipe bursting and replacement service that won’t demolish your lawn.

    Roto-Rooter has created a helpful infographic for our website that showcases the process of trenchless pipe bursting and replacement. It details and illustrates the innovative and simplistic approach Roto-Rooter uses for replacing underground sewer pipes. The purpose of the infographic is to explain how trenchless technology allows plumbers to replace your sewer line without digging up yards, landscaping and sidewalks. In the trenchless pipe bursting infographic you can see how this process is cleaner, faster, and more convenient than traditional pipe replacement.

    Before you create more mess than you need too, check out our infographic about trenchless pipe bursting and replacement. Your yard will thank you.


  • Why Do Pipes Burst? | Roto-Rooter

    Frozen pipe burstWhat causes pipes to burst? There are a number of potential reasons why pipes inside a home can experience too much stress and break open, causing major flooding and damage problems for homeowners. But there are 4 chief causes of burst pipes:

    • Frozen Pipes

    • Moving Pipes

    • Water Pressure

    • Corrosion

    Let's review some of the common causes and go over the steps to take when you encounter a pipe that has burst.

    Extremely Cold temperatures

    Cold weather can cause serious issues when it affects the water supply pipes in your home. Although cold temperatures generally cause things to contract, ice has more volume than water so when water freezes inside a pipe, it expands and increases pressure inside the pipe. The building pressure needs to escape so it literally bursts right out of the pipe. This sometimes occurs at a weak joint in the pipe but pressure can burst right out the side of the pipe wall. One way to prevent water pipes from bursting during extreme cold is to turn on your faucets to allow a slow but steady stream of water to escape. This will keep water moving through the pipes and, most importantly, prevent pressure from building up inside. To prevent frozen pipes, Insulate exposed water supply pipes with foam pipe sleeves and don’t allow the temperature in the house to fall below 55 degrees Fahrenheit. Open cabinet doors below sinks to allow warm air to circulate around pipes. For help winterizing your home, consider reaching out to your local Roto-Rooter Plumbing & Drain Service.

    Movement / Water Hammer

    If water pipes aren’t secured, they can sometimes move around inside the walls whenever water is suddenly turned on or off. If you’ve ever heard pipes clanging inside walls or floors, it’s called water hammer. The pipes move back and forth and gradually can weaken joints in the pipe until one fails and allows pressurized water to escape the pipe. The resulting damage can be catastrophic and expensive.

    Water pressure issues

    Maintaining normal water pressure is vital for your water supply pipes to function properly. A significant increase in the water pressure can lead to a burst pipe or a failed plumbing fixture such as a faucet or toilet. As pressure increases, the pipes won’t be able to contain it, causing a rupture. If you suspect your water pressure is too high, you can check it by attaching a pressure gauge to a sink spout and turning on the faucet. The pressure will move the needle on the gauge and display the water pressure in psi (pounds per square inch). The water pressure in most homes is between 30-50 psi and in most cases it should not exceed 60 psi to avoid damage to pipes and plumbing fixtures. If your home’s water pressure is too high, a plumber can install a pressure reducing valve to adjust it down to safer levels.

    Corrosion

    Pipes are meant to last a long time, and the vast majority of them provide many decades of reliable service. However, that doesn't mean pipes will last indefinitely. Sometimes years of slow building corrosion will cause a pipe to fail. Corrosion can be caused by a pH imbalance in the water, a minor issue at first that over time becomes more takes its toll on water pipes. If you have hard water and your water supply pipes are made of galvanized iron, the minerals inside the water slowly wear down the galvanized coating (which itself can cause dangerous lead poisoning) and expose the iron pipe beneath. In time, the iron turns to rust (iron oxide) and gradually narrows the diameter of the pipe so that water can barely get through the pipe. Your pipe may burst or it may just close itself off and prohibit water flow altogether.

    If you experience a burst pipe, it is important to determine the exact cause in order to prevent the problem from recurring. An experienced, licensed Roto-Rooter plumber can inspect your plumbing, determine your home’s water pressure and make any necessary adjustments.


  • Are the Pipes Making Noise in Your House? | Roto Rooter

    Are the Pipes Making Noise in Your HouseIf you lie awake at night in a quiet house, you'll notice quite a few sounds. You get used to them over time or tune them out (unless you've just seen a horror movie and are waiting for a ghoul to come get you), but sometimes they change. Some household noises are the result of plumbing issues and pipes making noise. Read on to discover what some of these common sounds might mean:

    Banging noises
    Banging from the pipes or pipes making noise might mean they are loose and not secured well within the walls (much less exciting than a ghost). It could also mean your home has pipes that flex when the water flowing through them stops. Both of these plumbing issues can be fixed easily by your plumber, and you won't have to worry about being woken up with a bang.

    Dripping Sounds
    If you notice a dripping noise, track it down because it could be plumbing noises. It’s probably just a leaky faucet but sometimes drips are inside walls, beneath water heaters or even the icemaker water supply line to your refrigerator. Leaking water can damage your home and invite mold. While you can do your best to find plumbing issues without assistance, you may want to bring in a professional simply to be sure your idea of where the leak is and how to fix it is correct. Trying to fix a leak yourself can be very costly to repair if you don’t know what you are doing.

    Ticking
    Ticking isn't a noise you want to hear in your house unless it's from a clock - what's the plumbing counting down to anyway? Rest assured, though - it's likely just a noise from your water meter that's coming into the house through the pipes. It should only happen if your meter is only a few feet away from your foundation and it will only be audible when water is running. This doesn't require a fix, and your best bet here is to become accustomed to it.

    How to Quiet Creaky Pipes


  • Fix Roots in Your Sewer Pipes Without Killing Trees | Roto-Rooter Blog

    Tree roots are to blame for millions of sewer clogs each year but too often homeowners swear revenge against the offending trees then follow through by cutting them down. But that’s an extreme reaction and not necessary! Your sewer pipes can coexist with your trees – and we’re not just saying that because we’re in the plumbing and sewer cleaning business and our name is Roto-Rooter. We love trees, and not just because they help us make money! They’re beautiful and they’re good for the environment.

    Modern trenchless sewer replacement methods allow us replace underground sewer pipes without digging up your yard. And the sleek new pipeline that we use to replace your old broken sewer pipe is more or less permanently impervious to root infiltration. It’s immune, untouchable and you’ll never again need to worry about a sewer backup caused by tree roots the way you did with old clay, Orangeburg, concrete or iron pipes. The manufacturers of some of the modern plastic pipe estimate that the new plastic pipelines will probably last 100 years! Pipe bursting and pipe relining is something we’ve been doing at Roto-Rooter for more than a decade so we’re well versed on its merits. The cost for trenchless sewer replacement is a bit higher than a traditional sewer excavation job but it’s still cheaper than having a few trees removed and you won’t need a year to get your lawn back in order. For the most part, there won’t be much physical evidence that our crew was ever there.

    But chances are you don’t need to replace your sewer at all. If the pipe is still in fair condition, you can manage tree root infiltration by calling Roto-Rooter when you start to notice more than one drain in the house draining slowly. We’ll mechanically clean the line and remove all roots and obstructions. Having more than one slow drain in the house is an early warning that a sewer backup is coming. Better yet, if you know your home experiences a sewer backup about once a year, call us, we’ll put you on an annual schedule and remind you when it’s time for your annual sewer cleaning. We can do this at whichever intervals meet your needs. The cleanings are affordable and you won’t have to sacrifice the beautiful shade trees in your yard that are probing your sewer line for water and nutrients. 


  • The Right Way to Thaw a Frozen Pipe | Roto-Rooter Blog

    Frozen pipesOne of the most common issues that people experience during the winter comes in the form of a frozen pipe. If not taken care of immediately, a frozen water supply pipe can burst and cause extensive and expensive water damage to your home. How do you know if a pipe is frozen? The biggest indicator is if you turn on your faucet and nothing comes out. If this is the case, it's time to get to work. Here's how to thaw a frozen pipe - the right way:

    Finding the pipe

    Finding a frozen pipe isn't as easy as you might think it is, especially if you have a big house. Check in the most obvious areas, like beneath pier and beam homes in drafty unfinished basements or attics and uninsulated walls - where pipes are exposed to cold air. Once you find the frozen pipe, take action. Open the faucet that is connected to the frozen pipe, and identify the area where it's blocked sometimes it will have frost on the outside but more often than not, it looks like any other water pipe.

    Thaw it

    Next, you need to put heat on the pipe – but no open flames! The fire risk is too great to risk using propane torches candles or other open flames on a copper pipe. Some people turn up their thermostat, but this isn't recommended as the only solution because it will take too long to get results. Do turn up your heat, and open your sink cabinets with pipes beneath them so the warm air circulates around pipes. However, also use handheld hair dryer to run back and forth along the pipe. Make sure you're doing this evenly: Otherwise, the pipe could rupture. You can also place a space heater nearby but keep it at least three feet away from wall materials to prevent a fire.

    You could also purchase some heat tape, sometimes called heat cable, from your local hardware store. Simply wrap it around the pipe evenly and plug it in. The cable will warm up the pipe and thaw the frozen ice. Apply heat until the water flow is restored. Be careful with heat tape. Some homeowners make the mistake of leaving on their pipes year round, which increases the chances of a fire.

    If you run into any problems thawing a frozen pipe, be sure to give your Roto-Rooter plumber a call. Roto-Rooter is equipped with professional grade pipe thawing equipment that can be employed before a pipe bursts and causes water damage.

    What if the pipe bursts?

    If your water supply pipe does burst, turn off the building’s water valve immediately to limit water damage. Call Roto-Rooter to fix the pipe and provide professional water cleanup services to fix water damage.


  • 6 Tips For Preventing Your Pipes From Bursting in Colorado Springs

    Pipes in basementA busted pipe is something no one wants to deal with. It's inconvenient, environmentally unsustainable and extremely costly to repair. To prevent a pipe from bursting in your Colorado Springs, Colorado, home, there are certain precautions you can take, but one quick piece of advice: Always be mindful of your plumbing system, especially when the temperature starts to fluctuate.

    Here are six tips to help curb your pipes from bursting:

    1. Provide protection

    Your outdoor faucets, spigots and pipes should be protected with an insulating dome. Simply place this over your fixtures to protect them from ice and frost that could cause your pipes to expand, burst and then leak. Insulating domes are available at your local hardware stores and online.

    2. Manipulate the air flow

    Typically, pipes located near an outside wall or window have a higher chance of freezing. To help avert these pipes from bursting, manipulate the flow of air in your home. Do so by directing the warm air toward the areas where your pipes are located. This goes for your kitchen sink, too. Leave the cabinets under your sink open to allow warm air to flow through them.

    3. Lock in the leak

    If your electrical wiring, dryer vents and pipes have any leaks, this could potentially allow cold air into your home. Lock in the leak and seal it with caulk or other means of insulation, like heat tape, to keep the cold air from flowing through your pipes. Even the slightest breath of air has potential to cause a significant amount of damage to your pipes.

    4. Let the water flow

    Release the pressure in your piping systems by allowing a slow drip of water to flow through your faucets. This will reduce the likelihood of a rupture, as you're slowing relieving some of that pressure that built up during the winter.

    5. Crank the heat up

    To prevent your pipes from freezing, crank the heat up a bit. Be sure not to let the temperature drop to 32 degrees Fahrenheit (water's freezing point) in any areas of your home where there are water lines.

    6. Don't stuff your cabinets

    Try to limit the amount of cleaning supplies and extra toiletries you keep underneath the sinks in your kitchen and bathrooms. If you store heavy items or pile them up too high, this could warp the pipes, eventually leading to a crack.

    For more information on how to protect your pipes and prevent them from bursting, contact your local Colorado Springs Roto-Rooter professional today.


  • 4 Signs It's Time to Replace Your Pipes in Brooklyn | Roto-Rooter

    Old pipesThe piping inside and outside your home gradually corrodes, rusts and decays over the years - you can thank those brutal Brooklyn, New York, winter storms for frozen pipes as well. It's important that these concerns don't go unattended, otherwise you're left with moldy walls, a flooded living room and an empty wallet.

    Nothing lasts forever, so here are four signs it's time to replace your pipes:

    Lead piping

    Although lead is a natural element, it is extremely toxic and dangerous if consumed. Typically, homes built before 1930 contain lead piping, and homes built before 1986 contain copper piping with some lead in it, so take a look at your home-inspection report to find out the exact year your home was constructed. The report will tell you what material your pipes are made from, too.

    Low water pressure

    Low water pressure may be a sign of cracks or leaks throughout your water supply line. If the water isn't coming through your faucet, it is most likely leaking somewhere throughout your home - like under the floors or behind your walls - and can cause major damage. The wood and drywall in your home will begin to rot and mold, causing structural and foundational destruction.

    Frequent leaks or clogs

    A leaky pipe is bound to cause water damage and a clogged pipe has the potential to expand and bust, which can result in a bad case of the floods. The occasional drip or clogged shower drain is nothing but a minor plumbing problem that can easily be fixed. However, if you notice frequent leaks or clogs, this is evidence of major pipe corrosion or deterioration. This could lead to a sudden burst that floods all over your home. Have this checked out immediately if the leaky sink or clogged drain trend continues.

    Discoloration in the water

    If you notice a constant stream of brown or orange water, this is a sign that your pipes are seriously corroded. Seeing rust indicates that the inside of your pipes is gradually decaying, and they need to be relined or replaced as soon as possible. Mineral deposits from the rust slow the water flow and can lead to frequent clogs. This automatically puts extra pressure on your already-damaged pipe and increases the risk of water damage.

    If you are experiencing any of the dangerous plumbing concerns listed above, contact your local Brooklyn Roto-Rooter to have a professional inspect your pipes, locate the issue and offer solutions on how to solve the problem.


  • How To Know When It's Time To Replace Your Pipes in Everett

    Pipes in homePipes, like most other things in your home, won't last forever, even if they're made from quality materials. Whether you've been living in your house for years now or are in the market for a new one, the condition of the plumbing is certainly something to consider. After all, you don't want to enter a home to find out you have to shell out to fix the pipework right away. With that in mind, let's take a look at a few signs that it's time to replace your pipes:

    Age

    The older your pipes are, the more likely you are to have issues with your plumbing down the road. For newer houses, you won't have to worry about this one too much right now, but for those of you with homes that have been around a while, you'll want to look into what types of pipes you actually have. Brass and galvanized steel supply lines as well as cast iron drain lines can last 80 to 100 years. Copper supply lines come in at 70 to 80 years, and PVC drain lines are the most fragile, only able to last about 25 to 40 years. It's important to note that proper maintenance, or lack thereof, will also have a significant effect on how long your pipes will work, but these guidelines can keep you aware of when to check them.

    Irregularities

    Besides age, any irregularities in your exposed pipes can be early signs of trouble. If tubing displays, flaking, stains, dimpling or discoloration, it's likely time to call in a professional to inspect it. This rings especially true if you detect any leaks in your system, as a few sporadic leaks can lead to bigger problems throughout your home if not addressed quickly. Water color can be a sign of pipe decay. These pipes will need to be replaced as soon as possible to prevent leaks and other issues.

    Outside forces

    Pipes that extend outside of your home should also be factored in when considering replacement. Sewer and supply lines can be root-bound or crushed. Certain types of pipes are also more susceptible to root intrusion and corrosion as well as plugs developed from putting items like diapers or tennis balls down the drain. If you suspect that your pipes have succumbed to a clog or if you have a home with older pipes, call a plumbing professional to run a camera line inspection. An expert will bring all the necessary tools and expertise to identify the problem and fix it appropriately the first time.

    Remodeling opportunities

    If you're remodeling or have been wanting to change things up, replacing your pipes may be the perfect time to do so. Taking renovations as an opportunity to inspect and replace plumbing lines if need be is a convenient option, most of the time. When opening up your walls and floors, a pipe evaluation could save you from extra costs down the road, and ensure that your system is working appropriately. In addition, if you do need to replace your plumbing at this time, a plumber is going to be on-site for the renovations, making the pipe fixes a bargain.

    Plumbing pipes are an essential part of any home, but they have their weaknesses and degrade over time. These signs will help you determine when's the right time to change your pipes and when your system needs to be inspected. Call your local Roto-Rooter plumbing professional for a camera line inspection, pipe replacement and any other plumbing issue.


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