Trenchless Technologies Mythbusters

The Trenchless Technologies field has been an extremely successful and convenient method of repairing, replacing or rehabbing a sewer for many years now. Unfortunately, just like anything that is successful, a bunch of myths about the methods of installation, limitations, pricing,…..etc, have plagued the field.

The following will be a Myth Vs Fact Showdown so that you, the customer, can be Very Well Informed and in turn make some Very Well Informed Decisions.

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Myth #1: Trenchless Technologies is Cheaper than Conventional Excavation

Fact: In Most Cases, Trenchless Technologies has the same cost if not Slightly Higher than Excavation.

Find Out Why, Below:

Trenchless Technologies is not lower in cost than that of its counterpart method of installation, conventional excavation. In Fact, in most cases and depending on the Trenchless Technology, Lining or Pipe Bursting, the prices will be similar if not slightly higher than that of Excavation.

The savings come in the Aftermath of a Pipe Replacement. Items like Property Rehabilitation, Landscaping Repair, Street/Curb/Sidewalk Repair or Replacement, Driveway Replacement, Etc.

Unfortunately, no matter how good an excavation company may claim to be, an excavation will take a very heavy toll on your property. There is no way around that. In most cases, the end result of a conventional excavation is devastating to a property. Just take a look at the Before & After Images of an excavation performed by a very reputable plumbing company in the Northern Virginia Area. Needless to say, the Home Owner was not pleased.

Before Excavation
before excavation

After Excavation
after excavation


Myth #2: Trenchless Technologies Can be Installed Anytime & Anywhere

Fact: If a sewer requires a trenchless technologies installation, the pipe in question must qualify for such installation first.

Find Out Why, Below:

On a residential level, your sewer must be carefully inspected and must qualify for a trenchless technology before your proceed with such installation.

The following are some of the limitations of Trenchless Technologies:

  1. Trenchless Technologies cannot repair a complete break, collapse and/or separation of the pipe where a service tool is not able to get through. However, If a service tool is able to get through, no matter how collapsed the pipe may be, a Trenchless Technologies Installation can be done.
  2. Trenchless Technologies is unable to repair a defect in the grading of the pipe.
  3. Trenchless Technologies does carry a risk of blocking off connecting pipes to the sewer being replaced if such pipes were not located prior to performing an installation.

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Myth #3: Trenchless Technologies is Completely Free of Excavation

Fact: Unfortunately, not so. Pipe Bursting will require some minimal excavation and in some cases so will Lining. If such excavations are required, your friendly All American representative will give you the details of such excavations.

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Foul Odor

Odor problems can present some of the most difficult challenges. One of the most complicated challenges is to locate the source of the odors. Most people determine immediately that their odor problems are coming from the sewer when in some instances that’s not the case.

Foul odors may occur when trash is not disposed of properly, poor property maintenance, critters crawling in to the ventilation system, a dirty kitchen sink garbage disposal, sewer traps that don’t have water, poor plumbing installation, cracks in the pipes and/ or foundation, etc.

All American Plumbers has the capability of helping you determine whether the foul odors you are dealing with are sewer related or not. And if so we can pinpoint the general location of the problem and in most cases fix it.

For more information please call Ricky Salinas, Co-Owner at 703.895.4109.

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Tree and shrub roots require oxygen and water to grow. Growth rate is variable and is affected by the soil depth, water supply, aeration, mineral supply and temperature.

Root systems are made up of large, permanent roots for support and stabilization, and many small, temporary feeder root and root hairs. These small roots are the primary water and nutrient absorbers. Most roots can be found in the top 6 to 18 inches of soil, where water, nutrients and oxygen are found.

Roots generally extend up to two or three times the height of the tree, but can extend as far as seven times the height of the tree. Large, mature trees may have thousands of feet of root system searching for nutrients. Roots will be less extensive in clay soils than in sandy or well-drained soils.

What most people don’t know is that during drought conditions and in the winter, roots will travel long distances in search of moisture. When trees and shrubs get thirsty, they follow the trail of moisture vapors escaping from small cracks, holes, or poorly sealed joints in the water and sewer lines. The roots penetrate the opening to reach the nutrients and moisture inside the pipes.

If not disturbed, the roots will completely fill the pipe with multiple hair-like root masses at each point of entry. The root masses quickly become clogged with toilet tissue, grease and other debris flowing from homes and businesses to the main sewer, resulting in reduced flow and slowed drains. A complete blockage may occur if the roots are not removed and root growth impeded.

Once roots have entered the pipe, they continue to grow and expand, exerting considerable pressure at the crack or joint. The increased pressure often breaks the pipe and may result in total collapse, which requires repair or replacement.

Some pipe materials are more susceptible to root intrusion than others. Clay tile pipe is easily penetrated and damaged by tree roots. Concrete pipe and PVC pipe may also allow root intrusion, but to a lesser extent than clay pipe. PVC pipe usually has fewer joints and the tightly fitted joints are less likely to leak as a result of settlement around the pipe.

All American Plumbers has the capability of resolving most root problems. For more information, please call Ricky Salinas, Co-Owner at 703.895.4109.

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Ever Heard of Orangeburg?

If you own a home that was built in between 1945-1965 and your located in the Northern Virginia area, chances are your house has Orangeburg.

To keep things simple, Orangeburg was typically installed from the house to the curb by the street. Orangeburg should not be repaired. Once you find out you have it, you get rid of all of it. Typical Installations take place at least 5’ from the front foundation up to the curb by the street. There have been instances where the Orangeburg pipe actually goes under the street up to the tap connection with the public sewer.

Typical signs of an Orangeburg pipe gone bad are:

  1. Frequent and repetitive clogs of the main sanitary sewer line.
  2. Indentations in the front yard that line up with where the sanitary sewer should be.
  3. You notice your neighbors excavating their front yards. If your neighbor has Orangeburg, most likely so do you.

The best way to find out if you have Orangeburg pipe is to conduct a pipe video inspection of your sanitary sewer. This inspection will inform you whether you do have Orangeburg pipe, where it is located and what kind of condition the pipe is in.

All American Plumbers utilizes the technology that allows for a complete sewer line replacement with minimal excavation eliminating the need for costly and time consuming landscape repair. The technology we are referring to is Pipe Bursting.

For more information, please call Ricky Salinas, Co-Owner at 703.895.4109

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WARNING: that should not be in your drain.

As a company that specializes in the service of waste pipes, we have the opportunity to encounter people from all walks of life and how they use their sanitary sewer systems.

Some of the most typical problems or drain calls we get called out to are:

  1. Hand Wipes / Baby Wipes.
  2. Feminine Hygiene Products.
  3. Paper Towels.
  4. Food in large quantities.
  5. Grease.

These are just to mention a few. The common denominator in all the above is that they either don’t break down easily or at all.

Here are a few recommendations as to how to properly us the sanitary sewer system:

  1. Human waste and single ply toilet paper only.
  2. Scrape all food on your dishes in to a trash can and oils to a bottle. Flushing only crumbs with hot water down the garbage disposal.
  3. Perform regular maintenance on all showers, tubs and sinks on a monthly with Bio-Clean and treat the Main Sanitary Sewer Line with Root-X at least 1 time per year as a minimum.
  4. Never use any kind of Acid Drain Openers. These products will destroy the integrity of your sewers in the long run. If the sewers being destroyed by these products are under ground, the cost to repair would be substantial. If you encounter a drain stoppage, try to resolve the problem manually or mechanically.
  5. By following these simple tips, you will prolong the next sewer back up occurrence from happening for a long time which in turn saves you a lot of headaches and money.
  6. For more information on the proper use of your sanitary sewer system, please contact Ricky Salinas, Co-Owner at 703.895.4109.

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Sewer Belly

A Sewer belly is a common problem in underground sewers.

In order for you to understand how a belly may cause you problems, you must first understand the very basic of how your sewer system works.

All sewer must be set at grade. Meaning that the pipes must be going down hill at all times, sort of like a slide at an amusement park. The high point of the slide is the house. The bottom of the slide is the street or Public Sewer under the street. All you have to do is get on the slide at the top and let gravity do the rest.

A properly assembled sewer will be similar to a properly assembled slide that will take you on a non-stop thrill ride from the top of the slide all the way to the bottom.

A sewer with a belly will be very similar to a slide assembled with a pool in between the top of the slide and the bottom of the slide. You will have a smooth ride up to the pool and then you stop abruptly. If you want to continue your way to the bottom, you must swim to the other end of the pool and take the rest of the slide all the way to the bottom. Well, if you know how to swim that’s not a problem right?? Unfortunately wrong. In the waste water pipe scenario, a pool located in between the top of the slide and the bottom of the slide creates a huge problem. This area of the pipe will be the precise location where solid waste will tend to settle and build up which in turn will create sewer clogs.

Other names for bellies are “Dips” and “Low Spots” in the line.

For more information on how to properly service and maintain a pipe with a belly, please contact Ricky Salinas, Co-Owner at 703.895.4109.

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Second Opinions

When a Doctor deliver bad news, what is one to do?? Most get a second opinion.

If you get bad news from your plumber, there is absolutely NO-REASON why you shouldn’t do the same.

Let All American Plumbers lend-a-hand with our FREE second opinion services !

We beat almost all of our competitors prices when compared services are Apples to Apples.

All American Plumbers thrives on having the ability to offer almost all the options available for the repairs and replacements of underground sewer and water lines. No matter what that option be, a conventional repair or a trenchless replacement, we can do it.

Having that wide of range in services allows us to offer the best solution for the best prices Guaranteed !!

So don’t delay and call TODAY !

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