Sewer Pipe Bursts

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Have A Fractured Pipe?
Broken plumbing pipes are a worst-case scenario for many homeowners. Nobody likes to think about the mess and stress of dealing with water damage and flooding, but fractured pipes are a very real possibility, and as the saying goes, failing to plan is planning to fail. Freedom Plumbers can help you proactively repair your fractured pipes in a timely manner to avoid problems in the future. Let’s take a closer look at what causes pipes to fracture, and what to do if this problem happens to you.

Why Do Pipes Fracture?
How to Repair Fractured Pipes
Old Pipe Repair in Fairfax, Virginia
Old-Fashioned Plumbing Materials
How to Tell If You Have Old Pipes
Repairing and Replacing Older Pipes With Trenchless Techniques Why Do Pipes Fracture?

The most common cause of broken plumbing pipes in Fairfax, Virginia, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C., the area is winter weather. Since water expands as it freezes, it puts more pressure on the walls of the pipes, which can eventually cause them to fracture.
You may not immediately notice a burst pipe, especially if the break is small. However, there are some easy ways to spot signs of a broken pipe using your senses of sight and smell. The following are some symptoms of a fractured pipe:

  • Flooding: If you notice water pooling on the floor, or if your water bill goes up while your monthly water use remains the same, you have a flood.
  • Bubbling walls: If you have a less obvious water leakage, you might notice the paint or wallpaper on your walls bubbling up.
  • Mold growth: Mold is another sign of excess moisture. If you notice mold growing on your walls or ceiling, you should suspect a broken pipe.
  • Patches of lush greenery: When a pipe in the outdoor portion of your sewer system breaks your lawn will flood. If you see one area of your yard where the grass is much greener and healthier looking than usual, it’s probably sitting atop a fractured pipe.
  • Sewage smell: A noticeable sewage smell is one of the most obvious signs of a broken pipe. Sewage gas is not only toxic, but highly explosive, so if you have this problem, you should call the experts at Freedom Plumbers immediately to keep your home and family safe.

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Besides the damage a broken pipe can cause to a home, many homeowners dread plumbing problems because they are worried the repair process will be expensive, disruptive, and time-consuming. However, that doesn’t have to be the case when you choose a plumbing company that specializes in dig-free techniques.
Trenchless techniques allow our technicians to access and repair your pipes underground, without excavating the entire sewer line. In many cases, we can use a specially formulated epoxy resin liner to rehabilitate your existing pipeline by creating a new pipe within the current one. If the fractured pipe is severely damaged, we will purposely shatter it while slotting a new pipe into place at the same time using an approach called pipe bursting.
In all cases, trenchless repairs are much more cost-effective and have a shorter turnaround time than traditional approaches that require digging up the entire pipe. There’s no property damage to worry about, and because it uses less equipment and manpower, it’s also kinder to the environment.

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    Many homes in Fairfax, Virginia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C., areas are in older, well-established neighborhoods. If you own one of these houses, however, you should be aware that your plumbing may be out of date, in which case there are specific problems you can expect to experience. Freedom Plumbers is happy to provide comprehensive no-dig repairs for your aging pipes, with friendly service to match.

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      Though the concept of indoor plumbing dates to ancient history, the materials used for plumbing pipes have changed dramatically through the years. If you have a historic home, you might have obsolete pipes.

      • Lead: Before the turn of the 20th century, lead pipes were common in homes. While lead is a durable material, it also leaches into the drinking water, which can lead to severe health problems.
      • Orangeburg: Orangeburg is a pipe material that rose to popularity during World War II and continued to be in frequent use through the 1970s. Since Orangeburg pipes are made of wood pulp that has been sealed with coal tar, they usually last a maximum of 50 years until they eventually collapse.
      • Galvanized Steel: Galvanized steel plumbing became widespread in the 1960s. While steel pipes are long-lasting, they are prone to rusting and developing leaks as they age.
      • Polybutylene Plastic: If your home was built between the 1970s and the 1990s, it’s likely you have polybutylene plastic pipes. This material is brittle and susceptible to breaking.

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      If you live in a house that was built 30 years ago or longer and suspects you have pipes made with these antiquated materials, the first thing you should do is to contact your locally owned pros at Freedom Plumbers. We can use our state-of-the-art video cameras to inspect your pipes without having to dig and determine not only what your pipes are made of but assess their condition.
      In addition to the deterioration of older pipes, it’s possible to mature tree roots or extensive settling of your home could have blocked your sewer line over the years. A video inspection can also identify these problems because the camera can travel the entire length of your sewer line and provide us with the most accurate picture of the quality of your pipes.

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        During our video inspection, if we determine your pipes are made of these outdated materials or compromised in any way, we will recommend rehabilitating or replacing them. One of our specialties is trenchless repairs, a method we have used to help hundreds of homeowners with antiquated pipes. We utilize the following trenchless techniques:

        • Pipe Lining: Trenchless pipe lining relies on an epoxy resin that coats the interior walls of the pipeline. When the resin dries, it creates a durable new pipe within the old and damaged ones. With this method, you will enjoy improved water flow with shorter turnaround time.
        • Pipe Bursting: Fully replacing a pipe without digging requires an approach that involves intentionally fracturing the outdated pipe with a cone-shaped bursting head. At the same time, the new HDPE pipeline gets slotted into place in the same space as the old one.

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        Line Camera Inspections in Fairfax Today

        At Freedom Plumbers, we encourage our customers to invest in sewer camera inspections regularly in order to protect their pipes from future problems. If your pipes are clogged or draining slowly, don’t hesitate to call us to perform an inspection today and learn more about the condition of your pipes without excavation.

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