What Contractors Don’t Tell You About Sewer Repair

October 31, 2017 in Sewer Repair

Are you building a new home or an addition to your home? There are several considerations to keep in mind when you are taking on such a project. One of them concerns what is happening beyond the foundation of your home.

Your home’s plumbing system is vital to your home. You could look at your home in much the same way as your body. The plumbing is much like your circulatory system and digestive system combined. The plumbing in your house moves fluids around (water) to where it is needed most and also disposes of waste water. Your body performs virtually the same functions with blood and waste.

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Winter Is Coming: The Most Common Winter Sewer Problems in Atlanta, GA

October 31, 2017 in Pipe Lining, Sewer Repair

Harsh winter weather and freezing conditions can wreak havoc on your home’s plumbing system. Did you know your pipes are at their most vulnerable during cold months? Here’s a look at some of the most common plumbing problems you might run into in the winter.   

Failing Hot Water Systems

Water heating problems are a common customer service call for plumbers at any time of year, but they’re especially pervasive during the winter months, when most water heaters are working double-time to keep the water hot. Can your water heater keep up with the demand? Schedule a service appointment with The Pipe Medic to have us inspect your water heater before winter weather pushes your hot water system to its limits.

Frozen Pipes

All homeowners hope they never have to deal with frozen pipes, but they’re a common household occurrence once the temperatures start to drop. Frozen pipes result when high water pressure from the plumbing main meets with consistently below-freezing temperatures. As frozen water expands, it can crack or burst your pipes, leading to flooding and water damage throughout your home.

If your pipes are at risk for freezing, consider leaving your tap open slightly to allow a drip of water to flow. Even small water movement may be enough to prevent freezing, though it will affect your water bill over extended periods. If leaving the tap open isn’t an option, or freezing occurs despite your best efforts, call us at The Pipe Medic for expert plumbing assistance.

Water Line Leaks and Breakage

Problems with the water line can result in severe damage to your home. Perhaps surprisingly, a common culprit in this case is frozen garden hoses. When homeowners leave a hose connected to the spigot during freezing weather, ice within the hose will gradually build up pressure in your home’s water lines that eventually results in leaks or even broken pipes. When you see a cold snap in the forecast, be sure to disconnect and drain all garden hoses and outdoor pipes.

Clogged Kitchen Drain

If you’re anything like us, you probably cook at home more often during the winter. When it’s miserably cold outside, the last thing you want to do is leave the house. Just stay home, bundled up in a cozy sweater, and enjoy a nice home-cooked bowl of soup.

While cooking at home is better for your health and your pocketbook, many home chefs improperly dispose of grease and food waste.

When you pour fatty or oily substances down the sink, they can accumulate into a sticky or sludgy mess inside your pipes, which can eventually prevent water from getting through – in other words, a clog. And if you’re lucky enough to have a garbage disposal, putting too many things in the disposal at once – or putting any fibrous materials in the disposal – can also lead to a kitchen clog.

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Autumn is the time to make sure your pipes are ready for winter. Call us at The Pipe Medic for drain cleanings, water heater inspections and other preventive plumbing.

For Commercial Sewer Repair What Size Pipes Do You Recommend?

September 15, 2017 in Commercial Sewer Repair

Do you have any idea what is going on underground in your sewer pipes? Chances are you probably rarely even think about them. This is why you need to have a professional plumbing crew visit your home or business to conduct a sewer line check up.

The idea behind this is that although your sewer lines may be working fine today, there could be something going on inside them that you won’t know about without an inspection. Sure, if your plumbing has had no problems in the time you have been in your home or business it is a safe thing to say that there is a possibility that nothing will happen. However, there is an equal chance that something will happen to your sewer pipes. In fact, there could be something happening right now.

Have you noticed the drains taking longer than usual to empty? That could be a hint of something happening further down the sewer and drain line that you can’t see. It could be the start of a clog. In commercial buildings a clog in the sewer line can result from the mixture of organic material, grease, hair and whatever else gets sent down the system. It doesn’t take long for a clog to slowly choke off the flow and sooner or later drains move slower and sewer gases can be detected near a sink or drain.

This is why it is a good idea to call The Pipe Medic and request a pipe inspection. The last thing you want is to have a situation where sewer pipes are damaged severely and the repair will leave you asking the question “What size sewer pipes do you recommend?” For commercial sewer repair service The Pipe Medic will be able to get inside your pipes and check them out long before you need to have them visit you for a repair. The pipe inspection process involves minimal digging and the insertion of a small video camera.

The camera provides us with ‘eyes inside the pipe’ if you can visualize that. The video shows us very accurately the condition of your pipes from inside your pipes. It is a lot less time consuming and far less expensive than having to bring heavy equipment into your property to excavate a pipe. Plus, it is much more accurate than removing pipe and cutting into them to figure what the problem is. One more plus is that trenchless technology – which is what the method is called – is much kinder to the environment. That’s because we don’t need heavy pieces of equipment to get a look inside your sewer line.

For more information on trenchless technology or to book an appointment for a pipe inspection all you have to do is contact us at The Pipe Medic. We don’t want you to have to spend more than you should with your sewer system so a pipe inspection is a good way to see a problem long before it becomes a costly repair. We can be reached via email or if you prefer, you can phone us direct at our office. Call 770-628-5451 for details.

How Trenchless Sewer Pipe Repair Allows You to Make a New Pipe Inside an Old One

August 21, 2017 in Trenchless Technologies

Your plumbing can go out one day due to many reasons. Maybe it’s fallen in disrepair due to the years of wear and tear. Tree roots may have invaded the cracks and seams, forming a pesky blockage. The last thing a homeowner would want to hear is that their pipes will have to be replaced by a new one.

Why does “plumbing repair” elicit that kind of response? Picture your yard, lawn or garden dug up by heavy machinery. A ruined landscape just so the technicians could locate the failing sewer line and fix it. The days of disruption for residential and commercial properties, plus the fact that you’ll be the one responsible for putting everything back together, may be just too much for some homeowners.

But things are different now. The no-dig solution called trenchless technology is here. It solves all the hassles associated with traditional sewer line repair. This process is quicker, more efficient, and simpler as it lays a new pipe inside your old ones.

Trenchless methods have been in existence since 15 years and counting. Homeowners and business owners who didn’t know that most sewer line issues can be solved with just two access points will appreciate the fact that everything can be fixed in just a matter of hours instead of days.

Here’s how the no-dig solution works:

Pipe Lining Method

In the pipe lining process, our technician no longer needs to take out the old pipe and replace it with a new one, or dig up trenches to locate the actual source of the problem. You will be able to work or go about doing your daily obligations as the repair is taking place.

The first thing our technicians do is to get a visual on the problem. An advanced CCTV camera is inserted down into the sewer lines. Using hydrojetting, we clear out possible root infiltration and calcified buildups on the inside diameter of your pipe, flushing them away via highly pressurized jets of water.

A small access point is created to allow the special epoxy-coated liner to enter. The tube is then inserted down to the pipe structure and inflated when it’s in the problem area. The resin is allowed to harden, or “cure” in just a few hours’ time. Weak spots, cracks, leaks and seams are solved in just one application. The jointless new pipe is as good as a brand-new one placed within your sewer system.

The new pipe material allows for a better flow of fluids that pass through. There’s now a lesser chance for large clogs and calcified buildup to occur. The jointless aspect makes it impossible for tree roots to enter. Homeowners can opt for the trenchless method if they want their pipes to last 50 years or more.

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Trenchless sewer pipe repair beats out traditional sewer repairs in both time and money savings. Why choose traditional repair when the newer no-dig solution is much better in all aspects? Call The Pipe Medic today to schedule your trenchless sewer repair and get unparalleled peace of mind.


Why Should I Use Video Pipe Inspection?

July 26, 2017 in Drain Inspection

Listen, we get it. Hearing that you should do anything can result in the action of doing the opposite. If you’re going to tell me what to do then I’m going to do anything but the thing you told me to do.

But hear us out. This is about plumbing and how to keep your pipes in good health. That may not sound too exciting or even important. But it is.

Preventive Measures

Video pipe inspection is the most effective way to see possible problems you may be having with you sewer system. If you’ve been noticed any leaking, slow draining, or any weird smells, then you are probably at the point where you are thinking you should take some action. You may not be certain what it is, but you can’t wait much longer before something breaks completely.

Think of video pipe inspection as the newest and best way to inspect your pipes without the flash. This is the real deal and it is a better way to figure out what is going on with your sewer system.

How it Works?

The process starts with a certified plumbing company—that would be us—running a video line through your waste pipes. The video might extend down your branch lines—the pipes that lead from a faucet to the sewer line—or directly down the sewer line. At the end of the line is a camera that lets you see the line close-up and personal in real-time detail.

The scope will travel as near the branch lines within the house or as far as the home’s sewer ties to the municipal sewer line. The maximum of this distance is around 330 feet.

If you are doing an entire sewer line video inspection you will see a “walk-through” leading from the trap, down through the sewer line, and up to any obstructions. You will be walked through your pipes and can actually see where the problem is. This is a far cry from the days of guessing and hoping for the best. It is a faster and more efficient solution to your problem.

Fair warning, do not expect the high definition that you have become accustomed to from your flat screen t.v. While the resolution is high it is no Hollywood movie. The picture will be slightly jerky because the scope has to be manually pushed down the line by your professional plumber.

The camera unit has a transmitter and once the professional has located the blockage they will stop the camera at this point. Then the plumber will go up to ground level and wave a locating device until the device picks up the signal from the transmitter.

This will allow him to mark the spot by spray paint at the exact point of the blockage. Normally, this is where traditional plumbing companies will try to dig a sewer trench. Instead, our repairs is a much less invasive option for fixing your pipes and will allow for minimal damage and maximum efficiency.

Video Pipe Inspection

We’ve convinced you, right? And now you’re left wondering who to call. No worries, The Pipe Medic are reputable industry leaders for all types of trenchless pipe rehabilitation and camera inspections.

Sewer Replacement in Roswell, Georgia

June 16, 2017 in Drain Cleaning, Drain Inspection, Pipe Lining, Sewer Replacement, Trenchless Technologies

Most of the residents and homeowners in Roswell, Georgia do not pay much attention to their sewer line. The sewer line is responsible for removing sewage and wastewater from your home. Once it does the job, they believe they have little or nothing to worry about. On the other hand, most of the sewer lines in Roswell, Georgia were constructed with galvanized steel. They have become old and weak.

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Sewer Repair Methods and Costs

May 31, 2017 in News

When your sewer pipes need repair, there are a couple of options available for you to choose from. Each method has its own benefits and disadvantages for you to consider, and there is also the cost of the service itself to think about.

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Time to Make Room For the New When It Comes to Sewer Repair

May 30, 2017 in News, Trenchless Technologies

It’s natural to fall back on old and faithful methods the things your dad did to maintain his house, the tried and true methods. A lack of trust in the new and innovative is without a doubt a safe way to go about delicate home repairs, but not if its costing you time, money and valuable time. Thats why, when it comes to your sewers and the repairs that you will inevitably have to get on them, educating yourself about trenchless sewer technology is without a doubt a necessity.

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