How Trenchless Technology Helps You with Electrical Conduit Installation

September 24th, 2014

If you know about trenchless technology, you probably think of it primarily in connection with plumbing. Trenchless “no-dig” technology allows skilled plumbers with the right equipment to replace worn and damaged sewer and water lines without using enormous trench-digging equipment that tears open yards and lawns for almost a week. Using a pipe liner and a hydraulic system to pull the liner through the older damaged pipe, followed by a “pipe-burster” drawn through the the new pipe liner to expand it and burst apart the old pipe, trenchless technology only requires technicians to make a few holes in a homeowner’s property to get the job done.

But trenchless technology has more applications than for plumbing; in fact, it was originally invented as a way to facilitate mining. One of the most useful applications that Resolve Rooter offers in Pennsylvania is electrical conduit installation. Contact us today to learn more about how we handle this beneficial service.

Electrical Conduits and Trenchless Technology

The outbuildings around a home, such as supply sheds and barns, may not receive electrical power from your house. Although you can set up generators to provide them with electricity, a more convenient long-term solution is to run power lines from your home out to these structures. You can mount the wires overhead, but this is unattractive-looking and creates the danger of the lines falling during a storm. A better option is to rely on trenchless lateral burrowing to lay the conduits underground. The task takes only a short time to perform and will leave your property with electrical lines that are protected from the elements and removed from where they can cause harm if something goes wrong.

When you contact trenchless technology professionals for installing electrical conduits, the technicians will first help you pick the right conduits for the job (flexible, rigid, etc.) and then handle the work so it is done correctly and safely. You should have little worries once the job is finished. However, should you ever require repair work performed or underground conduits replaced, make sure that you contact the same professionals to take care of the task. Not only are the technicians necessary to access the conduits with trenchless technology, but you should never attempt electrical repairs of any sort on your own.

Trenchless technology is one of our specialties at Resolve Rooter.

Resolve Rooter handles sewer and water line installation and replacement, and we will assist you with electrical conduit installation in Pennsylvania whenever you need it.

Common Problems Found in the Sewer Line During Video Pipe Inspection

September 22nd, 2014

One of the most useful devices in a professional plumber’s toolkit is the video pipe inspection camera. This consists of a miniaturized camera and powerful LED light mounted on a long length of flexible fiber-optic cable. The camera can snake down the full length of a sewer line all the way to the municipal sewer pipe, and it sends back images to a monitor where the plumber can visually inspect the pipe interior. Problems that were once nearly impossible to pinpoint and identify are now simple to detect thanks to this technology.

When you need sewer line repair in New Jersey, call professional and experienced plumbers who use video pipe inspection equipment to make the job go faster and ensure that the right repairs are done. The team at Resolve Rooter is here to help you any time of the day or night for the drain and sewer work you need.

What the video pipe inspection equipment might find

With a skilled plumber holding the monitor, a video pipe inspection camera can identify almost any trouble inside a sewer line:

  • Root infiltration: One of the more useful functions of video pipe inspection is discovering that the blockage inside a sewer line comes from the growth of tree roots into the pipe. This is unfortunately a common occurrence, but if identified early enough it sometimes can be resolved without requiring intrusive repair work.
  • Corrosion: Galvanized steel pipes are common for older homes; if you live in a house built pre-World War II you almost certainly have a steel pipe for your sewer line (unless it was already replaced). Although steel is a tough material, it is also susceptible to corrosion over time. Identifying corrosion that is affecting the sewer line using camera equipment will inform you that the best course of action is to have the old pipe replaced entirely with a new copper line.
  • Leaking: If the pipes sustain damage (which can happen due to roots and corrosion, but also from construction mistakes or land shifting from slides and heavy rain) it will leak to leaks allowing sewage into the ground and eventual sewage back-ups. Once a video camera locates the leaks, the plumbers will know where to apply repairs and the best way to execute them.

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Sewer line repair in New Jersey isn’t something you can delay, since it will threaten to shut down your home’s waste drainage entirely and send sewage into the basement or foundations.

When you suspect you have a damaged or blocked sewer line, call Resolve Rooter and we will use the best technology available to get the job done fast and right.

How Long Will It Take to Replace My Water Line Using Trenchless Technology?

September 17th, 2014

For many years, the basic method that plumbers used to replace water lines for homes and businesses was to use power digging equipment to tear open deep trenches to access the buried line. Although extensive digging does effectively handle the job of repairing or replacing a water pipe, it also takes a few days to complete and requires turning the property around a home into an unattractive zone that resembles an archaeological dig. Even after the work is completed, it can take months to restore lawns and gardens to their original state.

Enter trenchless technology: originally developed in the 1930s for mining work, it eventually moved into residential plumbing when the techniques became fine-tuned enough that they could be used for the water and sewer lines for homes. Not all plumbing companies offer trenchless water line replacement, and you should only rely on technicians highly experienced with this technology, since improper use could cause serious damage to the existing plumbing.

Trust to Resolve Rooter for trenchless technology in Trenton, PA: we have 35 years of experience replacing water and sewer lines.

How long can I expect this to take?

As with any large plumbing project, there is no definitive answer to how long a trenchless water line job will take. We can say this for certain: it will take up far less time than standard excavating.

To give you a sense of the work involved and how much time it can consume, here is a brief rundown on how the process works:

Plumbers locate the spot on the property where the water line crosses under the property line and into the street (where it becomes the responsibility of the utility company). They then dig a small hole to reach the end of the water line, remove it from the main line, and attach a hydraulic device onto it. Inside the home, the plumbers detach the water line where it enters the interior plumbing. They insert a new pipe liner inside the old pipe. The hydraulic device then pulls the liner all the way through the old pipe and sets it in place. A torpedo-shaped metal bursting head attached to a cable is then pulled through the new line, expanding it and causing the old line to burst apart. The new line has now replaced the old one, and the plumbers attach it to the existing plumbing and fill in the single hole and re-landscape it.

The average amount of time this takes: one day.

If you encounter water line trouble and require replacement work, would you rather risk three or four days of large-scale digging and weeks of recovery time for your yard, or a one day job that leaves your property almost untouched? We think we know what you’ll choose, and for excellent trenchless technology in Trenton, PA, call Resolve Rooter.

Do You Need to Repair or Replace Your Water Line?

September 15th, 2014

Without the water line that brings fresh water into your home, most daily tasks would be impossible. Showering, cooking, washing, cleaning, laundry, etc…. all gone. Although you are used to an unimpeded supply of water flowing from your taps, the water line responsible for transporting it is not invincible. Damage and age can threaten it with blockages and leaks, and the time may come when you will either need to have professionals repair the line or replace it entirely.

Work done on water lines is a large task that requires plumbers with special training and equipment. When you suspect that your water line needs repairs or a full replacement, contact Resolve Rooter as soon as possible.

We use trenchless technology to handle water line replacement in Warminster, PA that will get the job done fast and with the least amount of disruption to your routines or to your property.

How can I tell I need repairs or replacement for a water line?

Although the most obvious way to identify that a water line needs professional attention is when the water flow to taps stops completely, there are other warning signs to watch for:

  • Discolored water: If you notice a reddish-brown taint coming from your taps—similar to the discoloration you often notice when you turn on the water after an extended vacation—then corrosion could be affecting the water line. If you live in a home built pre-World War II, you probably have a steel water line that has started to corroded; in this case, you need full water line replacement using corrosion-resistant material. The discoloration could also come from breaks allowing in dirt; call for plumbers to investigate.
  • Loss of water pressure: If the water line starts to develop leaks or blockages, it can result in a plunge in water pressure throughout a house. A loss of water pressure could stem from other troubles within a home’s plumbing, so don’t jump to any conclusions: instead have professional plumbers come to your house and find out the source of the water pressure decline.
  • Damp spots on the lawn: If the water line starts to leak, pools of water will begin to form on your lawn or front yard. Sometimes the water will even start to come up through the sidewalk stones. Call for water line repair or replacement immediately when this occurs.

The standard method of repairing or replacing water lines used to be extensive digging to uncover the buried pipes. However, the trenchless technology that Resolve Rooter uses for the job only requires digging one or two small holes to access the pipes. You don’t have to worry about ripped up yards and days of work when you need water line replacement in Warminster, PA when you trust to our technicians.

Don’t hesitate to call the team at Resolve Rooter the moment you think your need repairs for your water line.

Why Install Low-Flow Fixtures in Your Home

September 10th, 2014

Low-flow toilets, showerheads, and sinks are products that use less water per minute than conventional models. If you’re looking to replace some of the fixtures in your home, low-flow options are available and recommended for your plumbing system in Scranton. But what if your current fixtures are working just fine? Why should you replace your working plumbing fixtures with low-flow models?

About Low-Flow Fixtures

Low-flow toilets do not need to dispense large amounts of water because they use high pressure to create a similar effect. So, while a low-flow toilet may not use a high volume of water to force waste into the pipes, it is highly pressurized, forcing wastewater to drain. Similarly, a low-flow showerhead or faucet will produce high flow rates that simulate those of older models. Some low-flow fixtures should be installed by plumbers, while others may be purchased at your local hardware store.

Benefits of Low-Flow Fixtures

The toilets in your home may account for about 40% of your home water use, but a low-flush toilet can significantly lower the impact of this number. While many toilets use about 3.5 gallons of water per flush, a low-flow toilet only uses 1.6 gallons. So for some homes, water usage from flushing toilets is cut by over 50%.

And while you’ll need a plumbing professional to install your new toilets, you don’t have to make a big investment when switching to low-flow showerheads and faucets. Low-flow showerheads are fairly inexpensive, and can also reduce the flow rate by approximately 50%. And while you could replace your faucets, you may instead add an aerator that may reduce water usage by 60% depending on the age of your faucet.

If you replaced all of the faucets, showerheads, and toilets inside of your home with low-flow units, you would cut your total water usage by over a third. Installing low-flow fixtures in your home is a great way to help out the environment and your bank account.

When you need professional installation or any other plumbing services in Scranton, call the experienced plumbers at Resolve Rooter.

 

How Tree Roots Can Affect Your Water Line

September 8th, 2014

The water line, the pipe that runs from the municipal water supply to your home’s plumbing system, is responsible for delivering all of the water you use in your home. Without a working water line, you wouldn’t have any water available for drinking, cooking, cleaning, watering the lawn, washing the dishes, showering, and various other activities.

Many homeowners will take necessary steps to protect their water line and ensure they never run out of water or need water line repair at an inconvenient time. But one problem that’s difficult to protect your water line against is tree roots. Yes, the roots from any trees planted in or near your yard pose one of the biggest threats to your plumbing system.

Roots grow naturally towards sources of water. If your pipes are somewhat aged or if there are weak points anywhere along the water line, roots may eventually move toward the pipes. Once they reach your water line, the roots will take hold, wrapping around the pipe or penetrating the water line until it bursts.

If tree roots cause water to slowly leak from your water line, you may only notice a drop in water pressure. Or, if a pipe bursts open or collapses, you may notice pools of water forming in your yard. An unfortunate outcome is if a tree root causes water to leak into your home, damaging the foundation and your possessions. Furthermore, water leaks can cause mold or mildew to grow around your home, affecting the indoor air quality.

One way to prevent problems from occurring with your water line is my calling for plumbing maintenance once a year so that a plumber can inspect your entire system. Our technicians have the tools and knowledge to spot leaks caused by tree roots and other sources, and we can get your plumbing working as usual with professional water line repair in Yardley.

If you notice water spots in your yard, or even if you only feel a slight drop in water pressure in your home, call the experts at Resolve Rooter.

How to Tell It’s Time to Replace Your Water Heater

September 3rd, 2014

Water heaters can last for a very long time without needing any major repairs, so when your unit runs into problems, you may wonder whether a quick fix will get it back to normal. But if you have an older water heater, sudden problems may unfortunately indicate the need for replacement. And while most water heaters should last at least ten years, even some problems with newer systems may unfortunately mean your system is irreparable.

  • Leaks from Your Storage Tank: If your storage tank is leaking, this usually means your unit is beyond repair. Leaks may indicate corrosion due to rust or other sources, which prevents your unit from storing hot water as is necessary for proper operation. However, if the leak only comes from a part of your system, such as the water-in pipe, you may only need to replace this component.
  • Discoloration: If you turn on a hot water tap and notice a reddish-brown discoloration, the problem may be beyond repair. As rust builds up in your storage tank, it may soon corrode, causing water to leak into your home. However, rust in your water may also simply mean the anode rod has rusted through. If this is the case, a technician will simply replace the anode rod, the part which keeps your tank from rusting.
  • Not Enough Hot Water: If the water is not hot enough, you may have a part that is too worn down to function. Similarly, if water runs out too soon, it may be time to replace your unit, particularly with older water heaters. However, if you own a newer water heater that’s suddenly run into this problem, it may indicate a broken heating element, or a pipe that has moved out of place.

To prevent these problems from occurring prematurely, we recommend scheduling regular water heater maintenance. During maintenance, a plumber will check your unit, change the anode rod, clean any sediment built up in the tank and check the thermostat and pressure valves for accuracy. Of course, you should always talk to a professional to decide whether your water heater needs repair or replacement. For more about water heaters in Trenton, call the experts at Resolve Rooter today!

The Fashion of Wearing White and Labor Day

September 1st, 2014

You may have heard about the fashion faux pas of wearing white after Labor Day. In the present, this tradition is usually treated as old fashioned and a joke. Few people will criticize you for wearing white articles of clothing after the first Monday in September, or even take notice of it except to wonder why it was ever a major concern at all.

Where did this tradition of white clothing going out of fashion after Labor Day come from, and why did it fade away like colorful fabric washed in a hot load in the washing machine?

In general, white makes sense for the heat of summer. Light-colored clothing reflects away the radiant heat of the sun, instead of absorbing it the way dark colors do, so for thousands of years of human history people have preferred to wear white clothing during the hotter months.

However, the idea of white as strictly fashionable during the summer season only emerged in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries—the time when the very concept of “fashion” began to spread across the Western Hemisphere.

It was only the highest level of post-Civil War society in the U.S. that strict and often bizarre rules for fashion controlled whether someone was in with the “in” crowd. Compared to our ideas of what’s fashionable today, the Czars of Style in the 1880s were true despots. Things as trivial as sleeve length could determine whether a woman in high society—no matter her level of wealth—was fashionable or a pariah.

Wearing white during the only summer, when it was common for weddings and outdoor parties, was only of these restrictive society rules. When the U.S. government made Labor Day a federal holiday in 1894, the Fashion Czars gained a definite cut-off point for when wearing white was no longer “acceptable” in the upper echelons of wealthy society.

For many decades, this rule only applied to a small number of millionaire socialites in a few big cities, but in the 1950s it reached general fashion magazines that were read around the country and started to affect more people.

But time eventually broke apart this odd rule, and during the 1970s fashion became more individual. Some fashion legends, like Coco Chanel, also purposely rejected the restriction and wore white throughout the year. Today, the “no white after Labor Day rule” is little more than an amusing gag to tease friends, and almost nobody takes it seriously.

Whatever you choose to wear after Labor Day (and if it’s white, we won’t tease!), everyone here at Resolve Rooter hopes you have a happy end of the summer and great plans for the fall!

Do Bad Smells from My Drains Mean They Need Cleaning?

August 29th, 2014

When foul odors waft from your drains, you can’t leave the problem alone for very long No homeowner wants to stand near a smelly drain when doing dishes or showering, and, even if you adjust to the smell, your guests are sure to notice. So what’s to be done about this problem? Do bad smells from your drain mean you need drain cleaning?

While bad smells may indicate other problems in your plumbing system, professional drain cleaning often takes care of the smell. A smelly drain may indicate a clog that needs to be cleared to prevent problems with your plumbing system. In your sink, smelly drains may mean that food has become stuck on to the sludge that sometimes lines the pipes. Or foul odors may suggest that mineral deposits, grease, or other common sources of clogs have prevented wastewater from making its way down the drain and into the sewer main. In this case, professional drain cleaning is necessary.

Sometimes, you are able to clear a clogged drain with a simple plunger. But when this not is the case, many homeowners rush out to purchase liquid drain cleaners that claim to clear drains quickly and with little hassle. Oftentimes, however, liquid drain cleaners cannot reach clogs that are located far down in your pipes. Besides, drain cleaners are one of the most hazardous chemicals available for consumers to purchase in stores, as most contain toxic chemicals that are dangerous for your health and bad for your plumbing.

With professional drain cleaning, a plumber may use a motorized drain snake to clear problems deep within your pipes. Alternatively, a drain auger or hydro-jetting may be the best solution for your pipes. While foul odors may instead indicate issues with the sewage line as well, a pipe inspection before your drain cleaning can rule out this possibility.

For plumbing repairs and drain cleaning in Media, you want professionals with years of experience who can locate the problem and ensure wastewater moves through your plumbing system with ease. Call us today!

Are Damaged Sewer Lines Dangerous?

August 28th, 2014

You may not think much about what goes on underneath your property, but your home relies heavily on the sewer line to carry wastewater to the public sewer main. So if your home’s pipes are damaged, this important process becomes compromised. But can a damaged sewer line actually become dangerous for your home? Yes! Damaged sewer lines put your home at risk for some serious problems. We’ve detailed some of these problems below, but the most important thing to know is that this major issue cannot wait on repairs.

When you run into the need for sewer line repair in Southampton, call an expert like the plumbers at Resolve Rooter to ensure the problem is solved as quickly as possible.

One of the most common reasons this part may begin to break is if the roots of trees in the yard infiltrate the sewer line. Roots naturally grow toward sources of water, so they may wrap around the sewer line and infiltrate it at weak spots along the pipes. If this happens, sewage may leak into the yard. You may notice pools of sewage or wet spots in the grass, which mean you have a serious problem that needs immediate attention as it can only worsen over time.

Another potential problem for sewer lines is a collapsed pipe. A pipe may collapse if the density of the surrounding soil shifts due to changes in the environment and there is increased weight on the pipe. For example, nearby construction may cause soil to resettle. Otherwise, damage may occur from standard wear and tear that comes with old age. If a pipe collapses, sewage becomes backed up into your drains or areas like the basement. This is dangerous for your home and for your family’s health and safety.

When this problem affects your home, you need a reliable plumber who can get the job done quickly and professionally. At Resolve Rooter, we use trenchless pipe repair and replacement technology to take care of sewer line damage without any major damage to your landscaping. When you need sewer line repair in Southampton, give us a call today!