In the past, the process of replacing a pipe that had burst or cracked was invasive and costly. A plumber would dig a long trench on your property and remove the entire length of affected pipe to replace it with a new pipe. This could result in torn-up concrete and destruction of your carefully manicured lawn.
Trenchless technology is growing in popularity because it allows for replacement of a pipe without digging a trench. Here’s how it works:
- Entry and Exit Pits Are Created - A pit is created on either side of the effected pipeline - one to feed new pipe in and one to pull old pipe out. Each pit is relatively small though the exit pit requires a motor that will pull the new pipe through.
- Cable is Run - A cable is inserted through the old pipe length and attached to the new pipe that will be run through.
- Old Pipe is Burst Apart - A bursting cone is placed on the head of the new pipe. As the motor pulls the cable through the old pipe, the bursting cone breaks the old, broken pipe apart. This way, the old pipe doesn’t need to be removed - it is simply burst as the new one is run through.
Why This System Is Better for Your Property
Trenchless technology is far less destructive and less costly than traditional pipe repair.
The process takes no longer than traditional pipe replacement and since there is less damage to your property, there won’t be weeks of cleanup after it is completed.
Having a broken or cracked sewer line or water main is a stressful experience. Don’t add to it by having your lawn torn apart to access the broken pipe. Use trenchless technology to quickly and easily replace the pipe with a new, state of the art pipe or pipe liner.
Hard water is a persistent problem for millions of homeowners. Excess minerals from the water supply can be deposited in your pipes or come through your faucets and cause damage to your fixtures. Water softeners make it possible to remove the minerals in your tap water and ensure a nice even pH balance. Here are some ways that water softeners can increase the quality of your water.
Why You Need Water Softeners
When we say someone has hard water, we refer to the mineral content of that water - specifically calcium and magnesium (along with some other common ground water minerals). Hard water is anything rated at 7-10.5 grains per gallon of water (1 grain is 64.8 milligrams of calcium carbonate). If your water matches this definition, it can cause a number of problems for you.
First, it can create a scale buildup on your pipes and fixtures. Anything in your home that uses water regularly will develop this scale buildup, and while it is frustrating on a coffee pot or kettle it can be damaging if it builds up in your pipes. With time, scale build up can lead to clogged pipes, loss of heat or cracks in the pipes due to excessive pressure.
Another unfortunate side effect of hard water is that soap is less effective. It won’t lather properly and therefore won’t work as effectively in your dishwasher or for bathing.
What Water Softeners Do
The solution to these problems is a good water softener. Water softeners replace the calcium and magnesium ions clogging up your water with sodium, which doesn’t settle and therefore moves directly through pipes and fixtures. Before you worry about the addition of sodium to your water, know that most water softeners only add about 1.5 milligrams per ounce of sodium to your water – well below safe standards set by the Food and Drug Administration.
By removing the excess minerals from your water, you ensure that water will flow smoothly between the source and your fixtures. This reduces the risk of scale buildup in your pipes, damage to your fixtures, and possible issues with low pH balance.
Hard water doesn’t have to be a problem you must live with. If you are concerned about its effect on your home’s water supply, consider the benefits offered by modern water softeners.