December 6th, 2013
Over the last 10 years there have been some pretty impressive advancements in trenchless sewer technology. Trenchless sewer and drain methods have some pretty impressive benefits but it may not be appropriate on every sewer or drain line replacement. Resolve Rooter offers total King of Prussia trenchless technology services. While we are completely licensed to offer all types of trenchless sewer replacement, we wanted to share some information about when trenchless techniques may not work.
When Trenchless Technology Shouldn’t Be Used
While trenchless technology is a great way for plumbers to be able to quickly and easily replace your drains and sewer line, it shouldn’t be used in every case. Here are a couple different times when trenchless techniques shouldn’t be used.
- Too much damage – If your sewer line or drain line is too damaged, then using trenchless technology may not be a good idea. With pipe relining, the new pipe needs to seal itself to the interior of your old pipe. If the old pipe isn’t structurally sound, then the new pipe won’t be able to seal properly or function right.
- Bad installation – Finally, trenchless technology should never be performed without the help of a professional plumber. We get many calls from our customers to come and repair or replace the work done by amateurs or non-professionals.
When you need any kind of sewer line or pipe replacement service, call the King of Prussia trenchless technology experts at Resolve Rooter.
December 5th, 2013
It’s actually a rhetorical question. Which is better: pipe bursting or pipe relining? A burst pipe can be an absolute disaster, destroying your capacity to receive fresh water in the home and effectively disabling your plumbing until it can be repaired. Luckily, there are modern solutions to severe plumbing problems. Here in Princeton, trenchless sewer line repair has effectively replaced the older and more expensive practice of digging the sewer line up. Pipe relining is another method of repairing plumbing that involves trenchless methods. Not only does it make repairs easier (and less expensive) but it can help prevent burst pipes from happening.
Pipe relining involves trenchless technology. Indeed, that’s one of its selling points. It runs a line down to the damaged pipe and sprays a coating inside the existing pipe, which creates a kind of “instant new pipe” inside the older one. It’s particularly effective with pipe made from older materials such as clay and cast iron, which Princeton and other New Jersey towns see a lot of. The inner piping is sturdy and durable, with a lifespan of more than 50 years in many cases. It also helps bolster deteriorating pipes without requiring a lot of wholesale replacement and repair.
That’s particularly important because it can save you a lot of money. Without pipe relining, you usually have to excavate and replace the damage pipe, which involves a lot of time and equipment (as well as a yard with a bunch of holes in it). With pipe relining, you don’t have to excavate anything: it requires just a few drilled holes and the specialized application of the process. Not only does this mean the plumber won’t have to dig up your yard, but he or she won’t need the manpower and expensive equipment to do the job. The pipe gets fixed right, without costing you an arm and a leg.
The answer is obvious: which is better: pipe bursting or pipe relining. The relining prevents the bursting, which means a lot less stress and heartache for you. If you need Princeton sewer service, reach out to the experts at Resolve Rooter. Pick up the phone and call us today.
December 4th, 2013
If you’re looking for a plumber, New Jersey certainly has its share. But how can you tell a reliable plumber from one who just goes through the motions? The answer can make a huge difference, not only in the quality of your plumbing repair, but in your peace of mind and pocketbook as well. A good plumber will ensure that the repairs he makes will last, while a bad one could actually make the problem worse.
Here’s a few tips on how to tell a good plumber from a bad one.
- Look for certification. New Jersey has strict regulations on who can practice plumbing professionally, and who can’t. An amateur might not do a bad job, but his work won’t be backed by the state, and you have no guarantees for quality. Check the credentials of your plumber and only take those who are fully certified by the state.
- Check testimonials. A good plumber will have testimonials from satisfied customers readily available of his website, or willing to show you if you ask. Again, someone without such testimonials might not be a bad plumber, but good word of mouth is an easy way to ascertain quality.
- Look for new technology. A good plumber will understand traditional techniques and be able to handle older pipes, but he’ll also be well-versed in modern techniques such as video camera inspection and trenchless technology. More importantly, he can apply those techniques to your situation with confidence and self-assurance.
- He’s always there. Good plumbers understand that emergencies happen, and that you can’t always pick and choose when your pipes need to be fixed. Look for someone who offers 24-hour services, and who’s willing to be there on the spot when problems arise.
If you know how to tell a good plumber from a bad one, then Resolve Rooter is on your side. We are fully certified, we stand by our customers’ good word and we’re available to solve your plumbing issue 24 hours a day. When it comes to plumbing, New Jersey residents can count on us. Pick up the phone and call us for your New Jersey plumbing needs!
November 29th, 2013
It is that time of year again and Resolve Rooter is proud to participate in the Roxey Ballet’s Nutcracker 2013 performance. The event kicks off this Saturday, November 30th and runs through December 8th, 2013. Come celebrate the holiday season with the Resolve Rooter family at this traditional, family fun event!
November 28th, 2013
Thanksgiving is upon us: a time to get together with relatives, eat some great food, watch a little football and/or parades, and stop to appreciate the good things we have in life. There’s a fascinating history to the holiday that goes beyond the traditional Pilgrims-and-Indians party we read about in school.
The first Thanksgiving was indeed celebrated in 1621 in the Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts. Records are spotty at the time, but indicate that the harvest was particularly good that year due to help from the local Native Americans. The meal was probably much different than current times, with venison and fish more likely than turkey, but the general principle was unchanged. (Critics have pointed out that the popular image glosses over the suffering endured by Native Americans, but we prefer to see it as a symbol of brotherhood and a call to rise above our differences to find common ground.)
It wasn’t a few centuries later, however, that Thanksgiving became an annual tradition. George Washington called for a “national day of Thanksgiving” in 1789, and again in 1795, but they were both “one shot” declarations, rather than a call for an annual tradition. Individual cities and states picked up the ball, but it wasn’t until 1863 that Thanksgiving became a national once-a-year event. President Lincoln declared the last Thursday in November to be a Thanksgiving “to heal the wounds of the nation and restore it.” (Lincoln was not speaking in reference to the Pilgrims’ Thanksgiving, but to the divisions of the Civil War, which he hoped to heal.)
From there, it remained a tradition until Franklin Roosevelt signed a law in December of 1941, making it a federal holiday. The law also changed the date from the last Thursday in November to the fourth Thursday in November, making it a little earlier in some cases (which Roosevelt hoped would give the country an economic boost).
Wherever you celebrate the holiday and whoever you choose to celebrate it with, we wish you nothing but happiness and joy this Thanksgiving.
November 27th, 2013
Sewer lines connect your household plumbing to the main civic sewer system out in the street, making them a vital contributor to the health and comfort of your family. There have been a lot of advancements made in repair technology over the last few decades, and with the advent of trenchless technology, Scranton homeowners can now expect repairs to cost less and last longer. Even so, the longevity of your sewer line is a question of great concern if you’re a prudent homeowner. How long do sewer lines last? That depends on a number of factors.
In the first place, the material used in the pipe itself plays a big role in the longevity of the sewer line. If your home was built after 1980, it’s likely made of PVC pipe, which is both cheap and durable. PVC pipe can last up to a century in many cases, making them very reliable. Scranton includes a number of older homes, however, which means they may have piping made of clay or similar material. They don’t tend to last as long – maybe 50 years in some cases – and if they haven’t been replaced in some time, they may reach the end of their life sooner rather than later.
Both of those cases assume ideal conditions as well. Other factors may hasten your sewer line’s demise. Tree roots can create cracks and fissures, shifting ground can damage the exterior, and even things like sinkholes and flooding can adversely affect your sewer lines. You can spot these problems by such clues as back-ups in your indoor plumbing, unusual green patches or puddles in your lawn, unusual smells and the like.
If you spot those signs, don’t hesitate to call on the experts at Resolve Rooter. We offer repairs with trenchless technology; so if you need sewer line repair or replacement in Scranton, be sure to give us a call. We can perform replacement operations with minimum intrusion into your yard or home. How long do sewer lines last? That depends. But when yours are ready to be replaced, we’ll be there to install a new set with professionalism and pride. Don’t hesitate to give us a call today!
November 26th, 2013
The drains in your home are an important part of your daily life, and that means they receive an enormous amount of stress. Your drainpipes will soon start to develop a build-up of small organic and inorganic debris along their interiors. Mineral from hard water will also contribute to this problem. If left without cleaning, your drains will start to become slow, and eventually clog entirely. You don’t want to wait until a full clog happens before calling on the services of a professional plumber. If it’s a clog you can’t eliminate with a basic plunger, you may be stuck with a nonfunctioning sink until the plumber arrives to clear it out.
This is why you should schedule regular drain cleaning to have your pipes cleansed before any serious problems arise. Regular drain cleaning will also make your pipes more resistant to clogging in the future. Call Resolve Rooter for expert drain cleaning in Allentown, PA. We can handle your emergency clogs as well as your long-term planning to keep your plumbing working well for you.
How often should you have your drains cleaned? You should make it part of your regular maintenance that you schedule annually for your plumbing. (You are having annual plumbing maintenance done, aren’t you?) A drain cleaning is more than a plumber removing potential clogs and clearing out debris. The plumber will thoroughly inspect your drains and use a high-tech camera system to search for damage and build-up inside the pipe.
Please keep in mind that drain cleaning isn’t something you can do on your own with a bottle of so-called “drain cleaner” found on the shelf of a grocery store. These acidic chemicals may eat away at smaller clogs, but they can also damage your pipe’s interior—not exactly the “cleaning” you want. Professionals at drain cleaning instead use non-toxic and environmentally friendly compounds to assist in cleaning your pipes. In addition, professionals make use of equipment such as mechanical drain snakes and high pressure water jets to thoroughly cleanse your drains without causing damage to them.
Resolve Rooter uses all the best tools available to give you quality drain cleaning in Allentown, PA. We have many years of experience with drain cleaning. We offer advantages of same day service, flat-rate pricing, and a 6-month guarantee on all our residential repair jobs. Call us 24 hours a day when you need the assistance of a skilled plumber.
November 23rd, 2013
No one likes to think about sewer line replacement: a large and costly repair service that used to involve days of work and considerable expense. Unfortunately, when problems develop in your sewer line, it can have a devastating impact on your home and quality of life. The good news is that, in towns like Trenton, trenchless sewer line replacement is a viable option. The process is both less invasive and more efficient than older methods of sewer line replacement.
Here’s a brief rundown of the trenchless difference and why you should consider it for sewer line replacement.
The fact that your sewer line lies underground forms he biggest part of why replacing or repairing it is so expensive. The service technician needs to dig a trench to get to it, which means ripping up significant chunks of your yard (usually with serious and seriously expensive equipment). When the process is done, the pipe needs to be covered up again in the same manner and your yard restored to something resembling its current form.
Trenchless technology renders all of that obsolete. The technician relies on advanced technology such as lines with video cameras and sonic detectors to pinpoint the exact location of the problem. He can then dig a single smaller hole, or perhaps two, in order to sink sealing tubes or the like into the problem spot and correct it remotely.
It’s not hard to see the advantages in this. Not only does it prevent the disruption of your yard and property, but repairs can be conducted much more quickly – within a single day in many case – without losing any effectiveness in the repairs themselves. That saves you both time and money while still ensuring that your sewer line is functioning as it should.
Here in Trenton, trenchless sewer line replacement can be a godsend, especially in the winter when the weather makes any outdoor repair effort more difficult. The experts at Resolve Rooter can talk to you about the trenchless difference: what you should keep in mind about Trenton trenchless sewer line replacement as well as the best ways to handle such an operation. If you need help with your sewer line, give us a call today. We can save you time and money without costing you any peace of mind!
November 22nd, 2013
“Should my water heater leak like that?” Regardless of the situation, the answer is probably “no.” Water heaters are designed to be self-contained systems and any water leak is probably a signed that something is worn. In some cases, the “leak” may just be condensation created by a difference in temperature between the inside of the water heater and the outside. Otherwise, you’re probably looking at a leak. A Burlington plumber can usually address leaks fairly quickly. But it helps if you, the homeowner, has some understanding of how the leak arises.
Hopefully, the leak stems from an improper fitting between pipe components, or in spots like the drain valve which can be quickly identified and replaced. The causes of such a leak are myriad, but often stem from worn seals and fittings. In some cases, excess water pressure can make those issue worse, as the breach is opened further thanks to the heightened pressure. Check and adjust your water pressure before contacting a service technician in these case.
A more serious problem can arise if the water tank itself develops a breach. This usually speak to a significant underlying issue, which can mean replacing the entire water heater in order to fix the problem. For example: sediment and build-up can accrue at the base of the tank over time. This acts as a barrier between the heat and the water you need warmed, which in turn increases strain on the outside of the heater (since it’s subjected to greater amounts of heat do make up for the difference). Or the anode rod inside the heater may have corroded to the point where it can no longer do its job, resulting in rust and corrosion on the inside of the water heater itself. In both cases, a little preventative maintenance can help resolve the problem before it starts. Otherwise, you may need to place for a new water heater.
So if you’re asking “is some leaking normal with water heaters?” you probably need to call a plumbing company as soon as possible to look into potential issues. Did you know the professionals at Resolve Rooter offer plumbing services in Burlington? We can handle water heater issues of all varieties, so don’t hesitate to give us a call today!
November 21st, 2013
Water line repair can be a tremendous pain in the rear: something that no homeowner wants to think about, even when it’s necessary. Luckily there are new options available. In towns like Media, water line repairs can involve modern technology that cuts down on the repair time and saves you a considerable amount of money without having to skimp on the quality and durability or repairs. Before that happens, however, you have to be able to spot the signs that your water line is in need of assistance.
Here are 3 signs that your home needs water line repair.
- Sounds. If a water line has broken inside your wall, or a leak has sprung up in a hard-to-find spot, you can listen for sounds of dripping water or similar noises to alert you to the problem. Sometimes, leaking pipes will make a hissing noise or a spraying sound as water is released into the walls. Pay particular attention if you hear such noises when the faucets and showers in your home are all turned off.
- Discoloration or mold. Seeping water can cause damage to walls and floors, as well as facilitating the growth of mold and other bacteria. In some cases, you may be able to spot a puddle of water where the leak has seeped through the walls. But even if it doesn’t (which is often), you can spot the signs by looking for discoloration or mold growth.
- Lower water pressure. If your water doesn’t come out of the faucet with the speed and fore you’re used to, or if it fails to come out at all, then you may be looking at a loss of pressure in the system. A leak is the likely culprit.
Once you’ve spotted a sign that your home needs water line repair, shut off the water and call in an expert right away. Resolve Rooter operates in Media, water line repair is one of our areas of specialty, and we’re available 24 hours a day in case of emergencies. Call us today to get your water line fixed and operational again.