The Basics of Trenchless Technology

What happens to your yard when you need to have major repairs or replacements to your sewer line or water main? If you immediately have a vision of something out of the front lines of France during World War I, only minus the brambles of barbed wire, then you’re almost right. The standard way of making repairs to buried pipes involves deep excavations.

But it doesn’t have to be this way! Thanks to the invention of trenchless “no dig” technology, you no longer need to have sewer or water line repairs look like the British Army has encamped in your yard to hide from German mortar attacks. Instead, professional plumbing experts with the best technology only need to make a few small holes and finish up the job in no time at all—and for a lot less money.

Larry & Sons, Inc. performs work in Charles Town, MD with trenchless technology. If you have water line or sewer line problems, call us for the clean and fast work that will restore your plumbing without shredding your property.

Wait…how does this “trenchless” repair work?

Glad you asked. It’s remarkable in many ways, and it relies on a combination of hydraulics and expanding pipe replacement liners. We’ll use the example of a leaking sewer line that needs replacement for our demonstration.

The plumbers come to your house and locate from above ground the area of pipe that is leaking and needs to be replaced. They don’t dig a huge trench to reach the buried pipe, however. Instead, they make two small holes at either end of the pipe. Usually, one of the holes will go in a spot closest to the street where the pipe is about to enter the municipal sewer system. On the other end of the pipe, the trenchless experts insert a pipe replacement line—essentially, the new pipe material that will replace the broken pipe. On the other side, the plumbers attach a hydraulic system. The hydraulic system then pulls the replacement pipe through the older pipe until it emerges on the other side. Now a “pipe burster” goes through the replacement pipe, forcing it to expand; as it does so, it causes the older pipe to shatter and… presto!, you have a new pipe in place of the old one. The plumbers then secure the fresh pipe to the rest of the system and carefully fill in the two holes and landscape them.

The process is fast and clean and leaves behind little evidence that the plumbers were ever there. Don’t let the “war zone” treatment affect your property the next time you have sewer or water main trouble; call Larry & Sons, Inc. for trenchless pipe replacement and other plumbing services in Charles Town, MD.

How Indoor Air Quality Devices Can Help with Asthma and Allergies

Asthma is a common problem.  Whatever the source and whatever situation you live in, indoor air quality almost certainly plays a role and can be improved with a number of potential upgrades that can make your home more comfortable for members of your family.

 The Problem with Indoor Air Quality

Many people don’t realize it, but indoor air quality is frequently worse than outside. This occurs for a number of reasons. First, homes are sealed up tightly against energy loss from your heating and cooling system. Second, there are a lot of allergens in a typical home – things like pet dander, pollen, dust, mold, dust mites, exhaust or smoke fumes and much more. These can all irritate allergies or asthma symptoms and create discomfort for your family members.

Upgrade Options for Your Home

The best solution when this happens is to have the air quality systems in your home upgraded. Such upgrades can be made to the filtration system in the form of high-MERV rated filters or HEPA filters, to your ventilation system including installation of UV germicidal lights and air cleaners. Not every home needs each of these systems installed, however, so it is important to talk with a professional before having any one upgrade made to determine what will work best for you.

Indoor air quality doesn’t need to be an ongoing source of discomfort for your family. With regular maintenance and a few simple upgrades, the air quality in your home can be such that allergies and asthma symptoms are minimized and every member of your family is perfectly comfortable inside.

For more information about improving the air quality in your Hagerstown home, give Larry & Sons a call!

Charles Town Plumber’s Tip: Green Your Home’s Plumbing

Increasingly, Charles Town homeowners throughout the region are turning to green technologies to reduce their water consumption and increase their environmental consciousness. If you are concerned about how much water you consume on a daily basis or would like to do your part to protect the environment, consider some of these simple tips for greening your Charles Town home’s plumbing.

 Low Flow Fixtures and Faucets

You can replace nearly any fixture or faucet in your home with a low flow alternative. Especially if your current fixtures and faucets are more than 20 years old, an upgrade will greatly reduce how much water is consumed when flushing the toilet or taking a shower. For example, low flow toilets use as little as 1.6 gallons per flush (gpf). Older toilets used 3.5 gpf and some very old toilets used as much as 5 gpf.

Similarly, faucets and shower heads were once rated to use between 4 and 7 gallons per minute. Today’s low flow faucets and shower heads use as little as 2.2 gallons per minute, and some super low flow alternatives can even use as little as 1.5 gallons per minute.

Rain Water Collection

There are more advanced modern systems for rain water collection that allow you to irrigate your lawn and supply your hose. While indoor uses for untreated rainwater are limited, it can be used extensively for outdoor projects, greatly reducing how much water you consume to wash your car, water your lawn or fill your pool.

For more tips on how to save water with your Charles Town plumbing, give Larry & Sons, Inc a call!

Martinsburg Plumbing Question: Why Does My Garbage Disposal Leak, Grind Poorly and Make a Lot of Noise?

It is definitely convenient to have a garbage disposal in your Martinsburg kitchen. They make doing the dishes and getting rid of food waste much easier. But just like any other appliance or piece of equipment in your home, your Martinsburg garbage disposal can sometimes develop a problem that causes it to leak or perform inadequately.

Leaky garbage disposals are certainly no fun to deal with. There are several reasons why garbage disposals can develop a leak. There could be an inadequate amount of putty or sealant at the joint where the garbage disposal connects to the drain pipe from the sink. A leak can also spring from that area simply because the bolts holding the two pieces together are not securely tightened.

The point where food and waste exit the garbage disposal and move into the main drainage system is another spot prone to developing leaks. These types of leaks are similar to those that occur between sink drain and garbage disposal and can be remedied in the same way.

In general, the key to dealing with a garbage disposal leak is to locate the source. This will most often be where two pipes come together or where the pipes join the unit. However, as your garbage disposal ages, it is more prone to developing cracks in the body of the unit itself. When this happens, leaks can develop anywhere there is a seam or break in the body of the garbage disposal itself. With this type of leak, the only thing to do is to replace the garbage disposal with a new one.

Leaks are not the only problems that can develop in a garbage disposal either. Sometimes you may notice that your garbage disposal is making an unusual amount of noise when it is turned on. This is often the result of something getting in there that should not have, so you should not continue to run your garbage disposal. Turn off all power to the unit and see if you can see into the garbage disposal to determine what is causing the problem.

If your garbage disposal is not grinding well even though it seems to be rotating fine, you may not be running enough water into it when it is turned on. The water is necessary to facilitate the grinding process, so be sure to keep it going at all times. If that does not solve the problem, you may need to have a plumber in Martinsburg WV come out and take a look at your system to find out what is going on.