Point repair is a process used by our experienced plumbers in Seattle, WA to repair the damaged sewer pipe from one or two points of access rather than having to dig up and replace the entire sewer line. These repairs are accomplished through trenchless technology, a relatively new method of sewer repair that virtually eliminates the need for large-scale excavation or demolition. This allows for more efficient and affordable repairs; meaning less downtime for your business and less strain on your operations budget.
Jim Dandy Sewer & Plumbing prefers trenchless methods and provides revolutionary excavation services in Seattle, WA for a number of reasons. With recent advancements in technology, we are able to save you time, money, and mess.
Trenchless sewer pipe repairs are often completed in a matter of hours rather than days or even weeks. Your repairs will be completed on the same day they begin and you can get back to business much sooner than with traditional repairs.
Because there is no need for large trenches or holes, there is no need for a large excavating crew on your property, often for days at a time. The mere presence of such a crew can be enough to turn away potential customers who may think you are closed due to repairs. And if the company you’ve chosen uses traditional methods of digging and replacing sewer repair in Seattle, WA, there’s a good chance you will have to close your business while the repairs are completed, missing out on potential business and profit, not to mention the capital lost to paying the excavation crew. It is not unusual for plumbers to subcontract the excavation work to another company, an expense you will have to cover in the long run.
Because digging large trenches is no longer needed, there won’t be any large piles of dirt on your property in Seattle, WA. Your customers and staff can continue to use your parking lot or other vital areas. And there will be no mess left over for you to handle once the repairs are completed. As mentioned with the initial excavation, many traditional sewer repair companies will either subcontract the cleanup work or simply leave the mess for you to clear out.
First, the exact location of the damage is located with a sewer camera inspection. This inspection will also reveal the extent of the damage to the pipe. Our technicians at Jim Dandy Sewer and Plumbing will then determine the best course of action to repair your pipe; usually, either a pipe lining or pipe bursting technique, depending on the severity of the damage to your pipe. If it is determined that pipe lining is the best course of action for your sewer line repair, a thorough drain cleaning will then be performed to ensure that the liner will adhere to the old pipe.
Cured-in-place pipe lining or CIPP is preferred when the damage to your pipe is fairly minimal and localized. CIPP is a process where a flexible tube is coated in resin and inserted into the damaged pipe through an access point. The resin tube is then placed over the damaged area using the information gathered during the initial sewer camera inspection. Once the resin tube is in place, it is inflated and the resin coats the inside of the existing pipe, covering the damaged area. The tube is then deflated and removed and the resin is left to harden or cure over several hours. Once the curing process is complete, any branch lines that were covered over with the liner will be robotically reopened or reinstated using our state of the art reinstatement equipment. Once that is complete, the repair is finished and your pipes are as good as, or even better than new. A final sewer camera inspection will confirm that the repair was completed properly and that there is no other damage to your pipes.
Pipe bursting is a more involved process that is used when the damage to the pipe is irreparable and the pipe must be replaced. As with CIPP, we will start with a sewer camera inspection, and little to no digging is required. At most, our experienced plumbers will need to dig two small access holes called “launching” and “receiving” pits around the damaged pipe. A bursting head at the launching pit is attached to a winch at the receiving pit and then pulled from the launching pit through the damaged pipe, bursting and breaking it along the way. A new, flexible pipe is pulled along behind the bursting head and left in place of the old, damaged pipe. The debris from the damaged pipe is left in place to rot or disintegrate away, meaning less waste ends up in the local landfill. The new pipe is then connected, the small pits are filled, and your repair is complete. Once again, a sewer camera inspection is performed to confirm the completion of the work.