Saturday, 16 September 2017

Trenchless Technology: Defined and Explained

Trenched Sewer Line Replacement

The conventional method for dealing with the repair or replacement of sewer lines requires that your yard, sidewalk, driveway, or parking lot had to be torn up in order to access the pipe. This can require equipment as simple as a shovel or as complicated as a backhoe, trencher, or other heavy equipment. Use of this equipment on a lawn can be destructive by itself, let alone the work that goes into fixing it once dug up.

Conventional methods of sewer line replacement may require that walkways and driveways, landscaped areas of your yard, or the parking lot of your business be removed and then replaced once the job is finished.

This adds to the expense of repair or replacement and needs to be considered when comparing the cost of conventional sewer line work over trenchless technology. Less invasive, trenchless sewer repair can eliminate much of this work when you find the need to replace a sewer pipe.

What is Trenchless Technology?

Plumbers have increasingly added trenchless technology to their services. There are several methods of trenchless sewer line replacement and a professional can determine which is right for your situation. The beauty of trenchless technology is that only one or two holes need to be made on your property in order to repair or replace a faulty sewer line. Using equipment, specifically designed to do the job, plumbers are able to replace and repair sewer lines, without the mess of conventional methods. This is how they do it:

CIPP (cured in place pipe) – For this method of trenchless technology, a special liner is filled with resin then pulled or blown into the pipe. Once the liner is in place, the resin hardens and provides a smooth seamless pipe that will allow it to flow freely. The life cycle of CIPP is 50 years, so once replaced you will not need to worry about your sewer line for a long time to come.

Pipe Bursting – This method of trenchless technology requires two holes and can be used for repair or replacement of short or long sections of sewer pipe. A cable is inserted into the pipe, and attached to a bursting head. It is then pulled through the existing sewer line, pushing away the old pipe while it inserts a new pipe in its place.

The biggest difference in these methods of trenchless pipe replacement is that CIPP reduces the diameter of your pipe. For most applications, this will not be a problem because CIPP is seamless, offering a smoother interior surface than the pipe it replaces. With pipe bursting trenchless technology, the diameter of the pipe being replaced can easily be increased. This can offer a greater flow of your pipes and is especially beneficial for businesses, municipalities and large homes in Sacramento.

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Saturday, 2 September 2017

Labor Day Weekend Plumbing Tips

Labor Day weekend is here! As you celebrate the unofficial end of summer and the start of the back-to-school season with friends and family, make sure that you are taking the time to prevent plumbing problems, too.  The last thing that you want is a clogged toilet in the middle of a party! Here are a few plumbing tips to help ensure that your Labor Day party goes smoothly.

Labor Day Plumbing Tips:

  • Keep BBQ Grease Out of Your Drains – Grease may look like a liquid, but when it hardens it can wreak havoc on your plumbing system. Make sure that all grease is disposed of in a separate container in the trash.
  • Know How to Locate Your Main Water Valve – In the event of an emergency, it’s important that you know where your main water valve is. This will ensure that your home is safe and protected if you do run into a plumbing problem — until a professional technician can come and fix your plumbing issue.
  • Watch What You Put In Your Disposal – Many popular BBQ foods like pasta salad, potato salad, ribs, and corn can’t go down your garbage disposal. Make sure that any of these food scraps go in the trash, instead.
  • Make Sure There is a Garbage Can In Your Bathroom – You’ll want to make sure that every bathroom in your home has a garbage can. You don’t want to tempt guests to flush something that they shouldn’t.

    If you run into any problems with your plumbing this weekend (or any weekend), do not hesitate to reach out to our professional technicians here at Pipe Wrench Plumbing, Heating & Cooling. Visit our website to learn more about the plumbing services that we offer to Knoxville and the surrounding areas — or give us a call to speak with a representative directly!

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Friday, 1 September 2017

10 Vital Start-UpTips for Heat Pumps

If you have a heat pump or are thinking of buying one, you'll want to give this article a quick read. Very interesting read and extremely comprehensive.  These top 10 start up tips will get your heat pump ready for winter.


It’s hard to stop a…” Admit it; I know you just filled in the blank. That’s OK, years of persistent marketing works wonders, but it does not mean other top brands aren’t capable of providing reliable service year after year. Most often, residential systems fail prematurely or under perform because:

They are not properly specified: guesswork, rules of thumb, “this is the way we’ve always done it”, such attitudes guarantee trouble.

They are not properly installed: Oh, you mean I can’t have 35 ft. of suction lift with this unit?

They are not properly commissioned: I thought the pressures were factory set!

They are not properly maintained: end user often believes no inputs from him are required or simply fails to maintain his equipment.

So many residential HVAC systems, presumably sold on the money saving energy efficiency bandwagon, have some or all of the above mentioned issues plaguing the homeowner.
Now that natural gas heating appears to have been given a very short shelf life thanks to climate change legislation, electric heating using existing and renewable sources of power generation will be the future. Heat pumps, utilizing electricity and the awesome power of the refrigeration effect, provide cooling and heating and can be operated with air handling systems or in hydronic applications.


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Monday, 28 August 2017

The Top 5 Hacks on Cost-Effective Trenchless Sewer Replacement


Time and convenience help us all in our daily lives, and any job that can be done quicker and more cost effectively is worth consideration. This can be especially true when the object of your immediate attention is a clogged sewer line.

Failed plumbing lines can ruin your day, and waiting hours or days for a repair can throw off the schedule of everyone in your household or business. There are hacks that can save you time and money if you know them. Here are a five that will help you with decisions about the sewer lines of your home, business or municipality.


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Sunday, 20 August 2017

Central air and heating is the way to go if you have ducts.  However, what do you do if you don't?  You could go with a window air conditioner but a better choice would be a ductless split air conditioning system.  Read on for their benefits...


Most of us are used to traditional centralized air conditioners to cool our homes in the summer. They cool the air in a single unit, then distribute it to the corners of your home via a system of ducts. The system is effective and easy to use, but it’s not right for every home. Some houses in the area were built before the advent of air conditioning and aren’t able to physically support a system of ducts. Others possess architectural quirks that make centralized air impractical, and even some homes that possess central air could use a means of making their air conditioning more cost effective and less wasteful.

Ductless air conditioners solve the issue nicely, while providing several other benefits to your home as well. How do they work? Here’s a quick breakdown.

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Thursday, 17 August 2017

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On hot, sweltering summer days, the last thing that you want to happen is a power outage. Not only are you left without lights, you’re also left without cool air! So what happens to your air conditioning system when wind, rain and a thunderstorm leave you without A/C?

Will there be electrical damage?

Lightning strikes can cause power surges that trip your circuit breaker, but don’t worry — circuit breakers are designed to protect your air conditioning system from electrical damage. When there is a surge and your circuit breaker trips, it is doing its job to protect your unit from damage.

How do you turn your air conditioning system back on?

  1. Turn your air conditioning off at the thermostat.
  2. After the storm is over and your power has returned, find your circuit breaker. You can usually do this by turning the system off and back on again, as this will reset the circuit breaker.
  3. Wait! It’s important to give your system some time. Wait about 30 minutes before you do anything else.
  4. Turn the thermostat back on and set it to cool. After your circuit breaker has reset and you’ve waited the appropriate amount of time, you air conditioning system should kick right back on.

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Sunday, 13 August 2017

10 Plumbing Tips

10 Plumbing TipsThere is never a bad time to do a little cleaning up around the house. Follow our plumbing tips to make sure your systems are running smoothly, and to avoid costly repairs.
  1. Check your faucets for leaks and drips. Complete these repairs ASAP to save water.
  2. Check your toilets for hidden leaks. This can be done by adding six drops of food coloring into the bowl. If there is a leak, color will appear in the bowl within 30 minutes.
  3. Make sure your toilets flush properly. If the handle has to held down, or jiggled to stop the water from running, you may want to consider replacing the worn-out parts. Replacement parts are inexpensive, and will cut down your water bill costs.
  4. Check the water heater temperature on your water heater. It should be set to no more than 120F to prevent scalding.
  5. Make sure any yard drains, gutters, and downspouts are clean and free of debris.
  6. Check your exposed pipes underneath your sinks and in the basement for signs of leaks or damage.
  7. Consider replacing a water heater that is over 15 years old. The first four numbers of the serial number represent the month and year it was manufactured. Newer water heaters are more energy efficient.
  8. If you have a sump pump, ensure that it is operating properly by pouring a few buckets of water into the sump pit. Your pump should turn on, discharge the water, and shut off without any problems.
  9. If you haven’t done so this year, drain several gallons from your water heater to flush out the unit. Doing so will remove any sediment, which reduces the heating efficiency and life expectancy of your water heater.
  10. Check your outside faucets and hose bibs for drips and leaks. This could mean you have a frozen or cracked pipe.

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