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08/18/2017 12:52 PM Posted by: Vic Caso

 

Noticing a slowly-growing, waterlogged area on your home or business’s front yard is, unfortunately, much more than an eyesore.

It could be the result of a pipeline break in the lateral pipe that runs beneath your yard, from the city main to your house. More often than not, it’s the the sewer lateral (the drain pipe that runs from your home or business’s building to the city’s sewer main) that has cracked and is leaking.

Another common problem is a main sewer line clog in the lateral, which will cause slow drains or drain backups.

The above-mentioned problems are serious and must be taken care of quickly. However, we have good news: you do not always need the sewer pipe dug out and replaced, thus destroying your yard. TDT Plumbing proudly offers trenchless sewer line repair services, which are a beneficial alternative to traditional sewer line replacement due to an in-place method.

If your home, property or business is experiencing a main sewer line clog, a leaking sewer line or needs sewer line cleaning or sewer line repair, we’d love to help you. Below is a list of our trenchless sewer repair, leak detection and drain failure preventative services.

 

 

 

Preventative Service

Hydro-jet cleaning and debris removal – We utilize this type of sewer line cleaning technology to remove obstructions in drain lines without having to dig out the pipe. This process occurs by flushing the pipeline with a stream of high-pressured water, which will push out tree roots, grease, paper, scale, hair, sand silt and other debris. Sewer line cleaning via hydro-jetting should be a routine part of your home or building’s preventative maintenance routine to prevent future drain emergencies.

 

 

 

Investigative Services

Drain camera inspections – We have a wide array of pipe testing technologies for both pressurized and non-pressurized pipe systems, but we would most likely use a drain camera to inspect the interior of failing drain lines to discover the cause of the failure. This drain camera inspection could reveal a large clog, breaches in the pipe or something else entirely.

Other inspection services – Our highly-skilled technicians may also use other forms of investigative technologies, such as a pneumatic test ball (pressure testing a pipeline), exfiltration tests (low pressure air test or water test) or pipe deflection tests (a test to determine the ovality of the pipeline is correct).

 

 

 

Trenchless Sewer Repair Service

Cured-In-Place-Pipe – Also known as CIPP, this modern technology is much more beneficial than traditional pipe replacement (repipe) methods. CIPP is performed by inserting an epoxy-saturated liner into the existing host pipe, then letting the epoxy cure to create a new, strong, seamless pipe within the old pipe. This new pipe will be extremely durable and will prevent breaches, cracks, blockages and other common problems. CIPP benefits, compared to traditional repipes, include: much faster project turnaround, little-to-no destruction, fewer costs, eco-friendly and a greatly extended lifespan of the pipe.

 

If you believe your property is in need of sewer line cleaning, sewer leak detection services or trenchless sewer repair, please contact us as soon as possible so we can help!

 

Or feel free to contact me directly:

Vic Caso

Vcaso@tdtplumbing.com

713-697-2088


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07/07/2017 11:42 AM Posted by: Vic Caso


TDT Plumbing is excited to announce that we are the first LeadSmart provider in Texas, as well as one of the ePIPE providers chosen to rollout the nationwide LeadSmart launch.

What is LeadSmart?

LeadSmart is the first program of its kind that will revolutionize the way homes and buildings test their water for lead and reduce the lead levels to safe levels. The initial roll out of the program is being done in Southern California, Houston, Florida and in the DC markets. We are proud to be a part of the first program to help eradicate lead contributors from the American water supply system inside and outside of buildings. This unique program is for residential homes and all types of commercial and government buildings, from schools to hospitals to office buildings.

 

The LeadSmart Process

Detect:  Our certified testers use U.S. EPA-approved equipment and methods to test water coming from the tap on-site. Lead or copper levels are read in minutes, so we can provide our customers with real-time data about their water. Then, based on the test results, we conduct a thorough review and analysis of the potable water supply piping system and fixtures on the property.

Recommendations & Remedy: Should lead levels exceed the EPA guidelines for lead (15 ppb), we identify lead contributors, which include lead solder (often used with copper pipes), galvanized steel pipes, bronze fittings, brass fittings, lead fittings, lead fixtures and lead flux.  The solution can range from simply replacing non-compliant lead fixtures, fittings, etc., to applying the patented ePIPE epoxy barrier coating process to the potable water piping system.

Certification: We provide a LeadSmart Certificate of Compliance when the home or building is tested in compliance to current EPA guidelines for lead (15 ppb or less).

Insured Protection For You: LeadSmart testing services are backed by an industry-first $1 Million Errors and Omissions Insurance program.

 

Our Special Promotion for Residential Customers:

We care about our community and our customer’s water quality.  That’s why we are offering a discount on lead testing and LeadSmart certification for our residential customers when they choose a whole-house ePIPE restoration. Normally a $400 value, we are offering this service for only $200 for a limited time! Contact us soon and mention this promotion to learn more.

 

Our Special Promotion for Commercial Customers:

For a limited time, we are offering FREE lead testing and LeadSmart certification to all commercial (non-residential) properties when they choose the ePIPE restoration process for that property. Take advantage of this limited-time offer by calling us as soon as possible and mentioning this promotion.

 

 

 

Please contact me, Vic Caso, to learn more about LeadSmart, our limited-time offers or how we can help solve your piping challenges!

Vic Caso                                                                 

Vcaso@tdtplumbing.com

713-697-2088

 


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02/15/2017 11:08 AM Posted by: Vic Caso

Discolored water is a common plumbing problem that often scares people. But let me give you a reason to breathe a sigh of relief: Just because your tap water isn’t clear, doesn’t mean that it’s harmful. However, it does mean that something is wrong with the domestic water system.

(And remember, lead in your water supply IS harmful!)

It’s important for all adults to take notice of our tap water’s color, smell and taste, as well as other details of our water pipe systems, especially if you own your home.

So if not all discolored water is dangerous, what does the discolored water mean? And how can you tell if your water is dangerous for consumption? We break it down for you:

 

 

 

Yellow or Semi-Red Water – If your tap water is clear at first but then changes to yellow or rusty color when it stands, then there is ferrous iron in the water, which means the iron that is leaching into the water has not rusted or oxidized yet. This is not harmful to our health, but note that this type of iron cannot be filtered out of your water.

Rusty Reddish Water– This color water means that ferric iron (oxidized iron, also known as rust) is leaching into your tap water. While this is not toxic, it is not easily filtered out and can stain sinks, bathtubs, etc.

Greenish Blue Water (dangerous) – If you’re seeing this color water, find out if your water pipes are copper or if you water system has brass fittings. If so, this water discoloration is a result of copper leaching and the water is dangerous for consumption. Please contact a plumbing company, like us, immediately. 

Green Water (dangerous)– Seeing green water means algae buildup has occurred in your plumbing system. Please contact a plumbing service company, like us, to correct the issue.

Black Water (could be dangerous)– This could be from manganese, which is harmless, or it could be from mold or mildew. Therefore, it’s best for you to call a plumbing company, like us, to check it out.

Pink Water – Your local water authority may have accidently added too much potassium permanganate to the water supply if the water looks pink. However, it is not harmful to human’s health.

Purple Water (dangerous)- A harmful amount of potassium permanganate was probably added to the water supply to cause it to turn purple. It’s best for you to inform the water authority about it immediately.

White or Cloudy Water– This mean extra air is trapped in or moving through the water. If you put some of the cloudy tap water into a glass. Bubbles should rise and the cloudiness should dissipate.

Clear Water (could be dangerous)– Lead does not have a taste or smell and it cannot always be seen in drinking water. That clear, clean-looking water coming out of your tap water may have dangerous levels of lead in it and the only way to know for sure is to have your tap water tested.

 

More info about Rusty Water:

Iron can get into the water supply due to iron being in the soil or if the pipe system contains iron. Iron in plumbing systems deteriorates over time due to the chemistry from the water and oxygen. The natural by-product of corroding iron is rust, which breaks off in the pipes and goes to the tap, causing the water to be discolored and usually revealing a rusty color. Keep in mind that the EPA says iron in water is not toxic and does not have a direct impact on health.

 

 

So now what?

If you’re located in southeast Texas, please give us a call or send us an email with your concerns or questions. We’d love to help!

Sometimes discolored water problems have easy fixes and sometimes they don’t. The best way to alleviate or prevent discolored water (as well as pinhole leaks, under slab leaks, low water pressure, bring lead leaching into compliance and other problems) is to protect your galvanized or copper water system with a safe (tested and certified to NSF Standard 61), internal pipe epoxy barrier coating. The patented ePIPE epoxy barrier coating is a cost-effective and better value alternative to a whole house repipe. Learn more about ePIPE by clicking here.

 

DISCLAIMER: The information in this blog post is to be used as a reference or guide to learning more about water discoloration. It is not intended to be used for diagnosing plumbing problems or whether one should drink or not drink the water.  Water discoloration is a symptom of something wrong with the pipes or water supply. We advise anyone who has discolored water at their home or place of work to contact a local plumbing company or TDT Plumbing for assistance and more information.

 

Please feel free to contact me, Vic Caso, to learn more about how we can help!

Vic Caso

Vcaso@tdtplumbing.com

713-697-2088

 

 

 


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