We specialize in all clogged drain or sewer backup repairs & replacements including:
- Main Sanitary Sewage Drains
- Floor Drains
- Kitchen Sink Drains
- Laundry Sink Drains
- Bathroom Sink Drains
- Bathtub and Shower Drains
- Clogged Toilets
- Drain Repair and Installation
- Trenchless Sewer Line Replacement
- Building Trap Removal
- Outdoor Drain Cleaning
- Camera Drain and Sewer Inspection
- Underground Drain and Sewer Line Repair
- Backwater Valve and Sump Pump
Blockages are usually caused by some form of grease, hair, debris, or food that gets into your drains. Sometimes it could even be tree roots or heavy rains that do damage. Whatever the cause, it can all be fixed with a single phone call to the trusted and qualified drain experts at Marco Plumbing.
CAMERA INSPECTION – VISUAL
Marco Plumbing uses a drain snake along with a camera to give you a full visual of the condition of your drain and to show you exactly where the blockages are located. In cases where trees are the issue, you can actually see the roots within the drain pipes! We understand how powerful a visual can be. It allows you to witness the problem and to gain an understanding of what’s required to fix it.
PIPE BURSTING VS OPEN EXCAVATION
Dealing with defective or damaged sewer lines can be extremely frustrating. Sewer lines eventually break down over time, and the only thing that can be done is to repair or replace them. There are two options for sewer line repair: Excavation or a trenchless sewer repair method such as pipe bursting.
WHAT IS PIPE BURSTING?
Pipe bursting is a method of repairing sewer lines with limited digging and disruption to your yard. The process works by replacing the existing pipe without ever disturbing the ground above the sewer lines.
HOW DOES PIPE BURSTING WORK?
How can you replace a pipe buried in the ground without first digging up the ground to access the pipe? The first trenchless sewer repair methods were introduced about 15 years ago. Pipe bursting uses the infrastructure that already exists underground in the sewer lines. This equipment acts as a guide for installing the new pipes with little to no disturbance of the surrounding ground. The existing pipe is replaced with either a pneumatic hammer or a static pulling head. The old pipe is then broken up and shifts outwards so it’s simply a matter of the new pipe sliding into the vacated space left by the old one.
Note: Pipe bursting is not to be confused with pipe lining – which is another type of repair.
For the transition of pipes to go smoothly, this entire process is typically completed in three distinct steps as outlined below.
During this step, the necessary machines are set up and put into place. The bursting rods — the tools that do the actual breaking of the existing pipe — are installed. With the use of a flexible guiding rod, these bursting rods are fed down into the ground and to the existing pipe. The power source is set up.
The pipe launch pit is then dug. This is not a full trench like the ones you would see if you were doing traditional excavation, but you do need to dig a little bit to get the replacement pipe into the ground. The new pipe will be put into the launch pit along with the expander that will help guide it into the vacated space and ensure it fits properly. The cutter will also be installed, and the bursting rods secured in place. By the end of this stage, everything is ready to go. The pipe bursting itself can begin.
During this part of the process, the bursting rods and cutting rod work together to break apart the existing pipe, which is then dispersed into the surrounding soil. The new pipe, led by the expander, is immediately pulled down into the ground to fill the space left by the old pipe. After this is complete, the additional equipment can be removed, packed up and taken offsite. The process is completed at this point, and a brand-new pipe has been installed where the old, faulty one used to be.
The two small pits can then be filled in and normal activity can resume in your household or business.
Contact us today to discuss your project and request an estimate.