West Hollywood Trenchless Sewer Line Repair – Guest post by James Campbell
Mr. Speedy Plumbing specializes in handling West Hollywood Plumbing repairs (we are experts in West Hollywood trenchless sewer line repair). People at the West Hollywood City Hall on Sweetzer knows Mr. Speedy Plumbing because we go there frequently to pull plumbing permits. Have you seen the new automated parking structure they put in at West Hollywood City Hall? It’s really neat!
On to plumbing, most of the homes in West Hollywood were built between 1920 to 1950 so we run into a lot of vitrified clay pipe and cast-iron sewer lines out in the field on our jobs. Those two materials were the most popular sewer line materials in those days. Nowadays we usually install Plastic ABS on new installations or replacement. Over time clay pipes crack and break, especially at the connection joints that are mortared together. Many times, the clay pipe fittings will shake during earth movements and they can sometimes get out of joint. If the pipe isn’t cracked we can usually maneuver them back into place. We can also buy a new clay pipe section and just replace one broken part. Most of the clay pipe laid in the 20s is 4 feet spacing also so they have a ton of joints. Those joints are the weak point. For Steel pipes, they rust and corrode- especially on the bottom where water tends to sit. The cast iron starts out totally smooth, but over time it becomes pitted as it corrodes until eventually, it turns into a heap of rust. Chances are if you are calling us you have a problem, although if you just want to call and say hello that is fine too.
In comes Mr. Speedy Plumbing to help fix the problem. They don’t call us Speedy for nothing! In the past, we would grab our shovels and go to work digging a big hole to get at the pipe and replace it. Today you have more options thanks to technology. Trenchless sewer line repair is about half as expensive as the traditional pipe replacement option and is one reason why it is a popular choice among West Hollywood homeowners. Installing a trenchless sewer liner can extend the life of a sewer system 30 – 50 years and they really are quite sturdy. Another advantage of trenchless sewer line repair is it faster than total pipe replacement. We usually can get a trenchless sewer line job done in one to two days whereas for pipe replacement we usually plan for 4-5 days on average.
The longer the part the higher the cost. West Hollywood trenchless sewer line repair costs are calculated on the total length of the run on a price per foot basis. To start a trenchless sewer line repair, we insert a fiberglass liner (it looks like a sock) into the pipe and place a hose inside and fill the hose up with pressurized water. The water pushes against the sides of the liner forcing it to mold against the existing pipe. The liner is about a quarter-inch so you do lose some pipe size but it is not substantial since waste lines are 4 inches in diameter. We then let the fiberglass and cement harden and cure in place. We can drain the water from the hose after the appropriate curing time has passed leaving behind a perfectly formed liner. Think of trenchless as putting a pipe within a pipe. We only need to dig one small hole to open the pipe and feed in the liner so the trenchless sewer line repair does not harm your garden.