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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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03/20/2017 10:47 AM Posted by: Vic Caso

This week is Fix A Leak Week, making it the most opportune time to provide some very helpful information about various types of plumbing leaks. It’s estimated that 10 percent of American homes have leaks and approximately 1/6 of the U.S.’s clean water supply is leaked through its distribution system. The EPA has calculated that enough water to annually supply 11 million households’ is leaked each year!

Harris County uses the most water in the state of Texas, doubling Dallas, in second place. A 2013 Houston Chronicle article revealed that more than 15 percent of Houston’s water supply was wasted due to leaks. Wasted water, whether it’s from leaking pipes or leaking fixtures (such as faucets or running toilets), is not only an issue of water consumption, but a financial issue, as well. Water leaks can increase your home’s water bill by 10 percent or more. And leaks to underground sewer lines can taint the surrounding soil and water supply, making them an extremely dangerous environmental issue.

 

 

Signs your home or office has a water or drain pipe leak:

  • Increase in water bill
  • Blistering wallpaper or paint on walls
  • Mold or mildew
  • Musty smell
  • Stained wall or ceiling
  • Low water pressure
  • Strange sounds in bathrooms or near pipes
  • Cracks or heaves in the foundation
  • Potholes or sink holes
  • Wet spot in yard
  • Sewer odors
  • Slow drains

Click here to learn more about some of these signs.

If your home or place of work is experiencing any of these problems, please contact us immediately!

 

Pipe leaks can be extremely destructive and expensive, so long-term repair or rehabilitation options will provide the most benefits, as well as a ROI on the investment. We have had clients who have spent thousands of dollars per year on small Band-Aid-type fixes for leaking pipes, only to have the problems continuously occur and drain their wallet. However, the below solutions, all of which we offer, are the most common and effective pipe system repair services.

 

Begin with leak detection services

 

Even if there are physical signs of a leak, it is important to check the entire piping system for more leaks. We are equipped with state-of-the-art technology that can find the location(s) of pressurized or non-pressurized pipe leaks. Our leak detection services include pneumatic and hydrostatic pressure tests, video inspections and other diagnostic tools that can trace and inspect the interior of pipes. Finding leaks or warning signs of eroding pipes can help prevent catastrophes in the future.

 

Repipes, the traditional fix

 

Repiping is a process that involves tearing out the aging pipes and replacing them with brand new pipes. This method is ideal when the pipes are exposed, if only part of the pipe system needs to be repaired or if other repair options are not attainable. Disadvantages of a repipe project include that the project is lengthy, messy, disruptive and creates additional expenses.

 

Reroutes can be less expensive and invasive than repipes

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reroutes are chosen when a repipe is not feasible or desired. Since repipes are usually destructive (and often quite expensive), reroutes are a less destructive option, because a reroute project means that the failing pipe system is left in-place and then new pipes are installed, often through the attic, outside or in less invasive places.

 

Pipe lining technologies are the least destructive and invasive solutions

 

All metal pipes eventually corrode or erode and ultimately fail. A metal pipe system can begin to show signs of failures, such as leaks or discolored water, in as little as two years after being installed.  The best way to prevent failures and greatly extend the useful life of the pipe system is to invest in a pipe lining technology. Pipe lining is performed on the existing pipes in-place, which requires little to no destruction to the property, little to no disruption and very fast project turnaround time. Pipe lining also protects clean water from leached metal toxins, discolored water, low water pressure, clogged drains, root intrusion and other common problems.

 

Each property is unique, therefore not all repair options may be feasible. TDT Plumbing’s expert team will skillfully investigate the failing pipe system, then list possible courses of action. Let us help you. Please contact me, Vic Caso, to learn more about how we can help!

Vcaso@tdtplumbing.com

713-697-2088

 

 

 

 


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12/16/2016 11:52 AM Posted by: Vic Caso

 

There is a special charm to older homes. The architecture, the story the house holds within its walls, beautiful original features, such as hardwood floors or a hand-carved staircase.

Old houses may be full of personality, but they’re also full of old plumbing. And it’s something to be mindful about.

If your house was built before the 1970s and still has the original plumbing – it’s just a matter of when your old plumbing will fail. (Also, since old plumbing is often made of galvanized pipes, usually the pipes won’t last this long, so there’s a good chance that at least part of the plumbing has already been replaced or rerouted.) Whether you have lived in your older home for decades or are considering purchasing an old house, it’s extremely important for you to be informed about old house plumbing problems so that you know what to symptoms to look for and how to handle them.

 

 


Old House Plumbing Problems:

Clogged galvanized pipes - If you’re experiencing rusty-looking water or low water pressure, these are common signs that your galvanized pipes have a lot of internal corrosion. Galvanized pipes are steel pipes covered with a layer of zinc, but the zinc slowly erodes. When corrosion and rust form inside the pipes, which naturally occurs with time, they block the flow of water to the tap, cause discoloration to the water and, even worse, leach toxic lead into the water.

Solution: We would most likely recommend a whole house ePIPE. ePIPE is a patented process that thoroughly cleans the pipe system and then applies a strong epoxy barrier coating inside the pipes to prevent the water from touching the pipes. This prevents corrosion, rust, lead leaching, leaks and other problems.

 

Clogged drains – It’s very common for older houses to have problems in the sewer line that runs from the house to the city main beneath the street. Over the years, this underground sewer line could have developed breaches or holes, which attracted nearby tree roots, causing root intrusion and blocking the line. More possibilities include the sewer line moving from the ground shifting or the line being crushed from roots growing on top of it, as well as the drain system getting plugged up from built-up grease, food or items that were not supposed to be discarded down the drain, such as a diaper. (There’s no telling what the previous owners flushed down those drains.)

Solution: Plumbing problems in old houses often include slow drains, but a camera inspection should be able to find the cause. If there is a small blockage that can be removed, it could be a quick and easy fix. But depending on the type of drain pipes, their layout and what lays above them, each individual case will have a unique solution. However, we highly recommend you get your drains hydro jetted around every two years to prevent blockages and slow drains.

 

Defective repairs made by previous homeowners or handymen – Over the years, your home probably had multiple owners. And maybe one of these homeowners decided to do a DIY fix-it project on the plumbing or maybe a homeowner had a handy cousin who made his own repairs. Some common problems could be pipes not connected properly, sink drains getting stopped up easily or a mistake could be more serious, such as a hot water heater being installed incorrectly.

Solution: Get the entire plumbing system looked at by a professional, like our team at TDT Plumbing. We understand the difference between efficient plumbing and troublesome plumbing, and can assess the system to predict if there will be future problems.

 

Leaks – Leaks are practically inevitable. All types of pipes can leak after so many years of use. Signs of domestic water, air conditioning or fire sprinkler pipes leaking include wet walls, wet floors, mold and increased water bills. Signs of a sewer pipe leaking are foul odors, wet spots on the floor or landscape and slow drains. As you can imagine, leaks are stressful, disruptive, destructive and expensive to deal with. The ideal situation is to invest in a long-term solution that will prevent the pipes from corroding on the inside and forming leaks.

Solution: Depending on the problem, fixes could range from a very small pipe replacement to a reroute or to a whole house pipe lining project to prevent the other pipes from failing (as an alternative to having all of the pipes ripped out of the house). A competent plumber will be able to analyze the situation and give you options depending on your budget and timeframe.

 

Old fixtures – Old fixtures in old plumbing can corrode with time and lose functionality, so they need to be replaced. Examples of fixtures include faucets, shower heads, angle stops, shut-off valves, supply lines to fixtures, and drain traps.

Solution: Hire an honest and trusted professional plumber, like TDT Plumbing, to examine your plumbing system’s fixtures and suggest which fixtures need to be replaced.

 

Lead service line – Houses and buildings constructed before the 1960s often have a lead service line running from the city’s water main beneath the road to your house. These lead service lines are notorious for leaching dangerous levels of lead into your tap water. You should err on the side of caution and have your water tested for lead (and other contaminants).

Solution: Lead service lines are dangerous to your family’s health. Instead of spending a small fortune to have your yard dug up, the service line pulled out and replaced, we highly recommend a whole house ePIPE. This is a patented process that thoroughly cleans the pipe system and then applies a strong epoxy barrier coating inside the pipes to prevent the water from touching the pipes, ultimately protecting your water from toxic levels of lead.

 

Weird or unsightly reroutes – You may notice signs of previous reroutes in your kitchen, laundry room or outside. Reroutes are often performed in place of a repipe, so that means that the pipe system was experiencing problems. 

Solution: If you don’t like the way a reroute looks or if you want to make sure the rest of the plumbing is working efficiently, and if you live in southeast Texas, please contact us. We can assess the reroute for a low fee and provide our professional advice about your options.

 

 

If you currently live or plan to live in an old house, make sure you’re educated about the home’s old plumbing. The types of pipes, where they’re located, how old they are, their diameters and the plumbing’s repair history are all important details to know.

We suggest you have the old plumbing inspected by a trusted plumbing team, such as TDT Plumbing, and have annual or biannual maintenance (such as cleaning the interior of the pipes) on all of the pipe systems within the house to ensure maximum efficiency and minimal probability of problems. We hope you utilize this advice or give us a call to prevent old house plumbing problems.

 

 

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

Vic Caso

Vcaso@tdtplumbing.com

713-697-2088


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10/19/2016 01:49 PM Posted by: Vic Caso

If you find mold, wet wallpaper or unusually high water bills, chances are that your home or building has a pipe leak. Although pipe leaks are very common, they cannot be ignored.

TDT Plumbing is equipped with several traditional and modern plumbing repair methods to fix pipe leaks, as well as leak detection services. Leak detection is very important because leaks must be stopped or prevented immediately to preserve the property and prevent serious damage from occurring.

After thoroughly investigating the pipe system and its environment by performing various types of tests and inspections, we provide our customers with solution options. Sometimes it is as simple as replacing a leaking plumbing fixture or a piece of piping, but if the pipe system is showing signs of age, we may suggest a long-term solution, such as the ePIPE pipe lining process.

Continue to read below to learn key actions you should take if you encounter a symptom of a pipe leak.

 

 

 

If you find mold:

When mold is found inside a home or building, it is often the result of a pipe leak. Mold produces toxic substances and can cause allergic reactions, skin irritation or respiratory problems. When the presence of mold is ignored, it continues to grow, the source of unwelcomed moisture remains and health risks increase.

First, contact a mold remediation specialist immediately to get the mold safely removed from the property.

Then you will have to find a plumbing company with solutions to find pipe leaks and to rehabilitate the pipe system to prevent leaks from occurring in the future. If you manage a non-residential property, contact TDT Plumbing. If you’re a homeowner or in an HOA, and located in southwestern Texas, contact TDT Plumbing. The experts at TDT Plumbing can work with mold remediation professionals if mold remediation on the property is necessary.

 

If you find water on the floor, ceiling or through the wall:

Leaks can pour water into the structure of the building, causing a ton of damage. Signs of leaks must be taken very seriously and resolved as soon as possible.

Turn off the water to the leaking pipe immediately and dry the area (if possible). Contact a plumbing company that has various solutions to fix leaking pipes. If you manage a non-residential property, contact TDT Plumbing. If you’re a homeowner or in an HOA, and located in southwestern Texas, contact TDT Plumbing.

 

If you think there is a pipe leak but you’re not sure where:

Our leak detection services will help! We use state-of-the-art technology to find the cause of mold growth or water, which includes pneumatic and hydrostatic pressure tests, pipe line location and video inspection via closed-circuit TV, low-pressure air tests and other diagnostic equipment to trace, listen and inspect pipes. The TDT Plumbing team can work with mold remediation professionals if mold remediation on the property is necessary.

 

Whether your property is experiencing symptoms of pipe leaks or whether you’d like to protect the property from leaks, please give us a call!

We can provide helpful advice and let you know if you quality for a free estimate.

Let the piping experts at TDT Plumbing help you!

 

 

 


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01/12/2016 08:03 AM Posted by: Vic Caso

The saying goes: "Beauty is only skin deep."

This expression is used to explain that attractiveness does not equate to overall quality. While this idiom is mostly used in regards to people, it also should be kept in mind when analyzing buildings.

The message: You must always look beneath the surface, beyond the exterior, for a decent judgment of quality.

Even buildings with gorgeous architecture and manicured landscaping have plumbing problems riddled within the walls and below the foundation. It is not always a reflection on maintenance or caretaking of the property - many pipe system problems are inevitable, a direct result of specific water treatment chemicals or are a common sign of age.

If your multifamily property experiences chronic leaks, low water flow or discolored water, your property is not alone. These are very common problems that occur with age and use.

Fortunately, there is a cost-effective, non-invasive, long-term solution that can restore the pipe system without demolition of the property or relocation of the residents. But first, let’s discuss the different types of water system problems and why they occur.

Copper pipes commonly experience leaks. This is because the chemicals in treated, clean water can interact with the copper, causing corrosion and leading to pinhole leaks or slab leaks. Annoying, destructive and unpredictable, leaks can damage a home or cause mold growth within the building’s structure. Copper pipes also cause copper leaching (too much copper in one’s body can cause health problems.)

Galvanized steel pipes commonly experience discolored water, low flow and leaks. Over time, the water eats away at galvanized steel’s protective zinc coating and then interacts with the metal pipes, causing rust. This rust and residue build up to cause low flow and also cause discoloration or rusty-looking water. These types of pipes’ joints are known to easily corrode and leak. Galvanized steel pipes also cause lead leaching, which is extremely harmful to the health of all people, especially children and pregnant women.

Lead solder and fittings commonly cause dangerous lead leaching. Lead solder and fittings, often found in copper pipes, can still be found in buildings and homes constructed before the 1980s. Millions of American homes still have lead solder and fittings, which cause families to ingest lead at dangerous rates, causing mental and physical damage to the body.

 

As these types of chronic problems persist, whether they are leaks, discolored water, lead leaching or another issue, they become more frequent due to the increasingly deteriorating state of the pipes. Plagues of pinhole leaks are extremely common. Eventually, the HOA board or residential property management company searches to find an effective long-term solution, rather than hiring a plumber to repair each leak (consequently having to repair the walls, ceilings and floors inside the homes, as well), which is very inconvenient, time-consuming and costly.

The goal is to provide residents with a peace of mind that no more leaks will occur, without having to cause massive disruption, destruction or financial hardship to residents.

We are proud to offer the best solution for chronically failing water pipe systems for multifamily buildings and complexes.

This solution is ACE DuraFlo’s patented ePIPE pipe lining technology. This specific pipe lining process creates a protective epoxy coating barrier inside the water pipes to prevent the water from interacting with the pipes, thereby preventing corrosion, pinhole leaks, buildup, discolored water and low flow. While the other possible repair method is a traditional process called a pipe replacement (also called a repipe), pipe lining is becoming increasingly preferred among multifamily properties due to its many benefits and advantages over a repipe.

Why Multifamily Properties Choose This Solution:
  • Residents CAN CONTINUE TO LIVE IN THEIR HOMES during the work
  • It uses a non-destructive process that prevents demolition to the building, its property and landscape
  • It is less expensive than a repipe
  • It is completed much faster than a repipe
  • It is much less disruptive to residents than a repipe
  • It does not create an unsightly and dangerous construction zone
  • It prevents messy, hazardous and tedious asbestos abatement
  • The epoxy coating improves the pipe system’s condition to give it a longer lifespan than brand new pipes
  • It’s environmentally-friendly by reusing the existing pipe system and not creating more waste
  • It’s approved safe for use in water supply pipes, meeting all necessary health standards and requirements, including NSF Standard 61 for a safe drinking water system component
  • It’s proven via independent laboratory studies and through time as effective long-term solution
  • The most prestigious of companies and organizations use pipe lining technology, including the U.S. government, the Navy, CBRE, Transwestern, BP Oil and ExxonMobil, to name a few.

 

If you’re interested more in how this epoxy coating is applied to a plumbing system, please watch our informational demo videos.

 

Still wondering if this would be a good solution for your property? Listen to why this HOA Board President and her residents were very satisfied with this technology after encountering chronic pinhole leaks and spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on small, temporary fixes that did not stop future leaks from occurring.

 

Read about some projects we have completed for multifamily properties.

 

Do you still have questions? If so, please contact me, Vic Caso, to learn more about how we can help solve your plumbing problems or prevent plumbing problems from occurring!

Vic Caso

Vcaso@tdtplumbing.com

713-697-2088


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