Gas Main Fusion

HDPE pipe is butt fused by applying heat to prepared pipe ends and then pushing the pipe ends together with force to make a permanent butt fusion joint. It is a very simple process utilizing a properly sized butt fusion machine for the pipe size to be joined. The pipe is installed and clamped in the butt fusion machine with pipe supports on both ends of the machine to support the pipes on the machine center line. The pipe ends are then faced (machined) to mechanical stops to ensure clean, parallel pipe ends for the heating process. The pipe ends are then aligned using the clamps on the fusion machine. A temperature-controlled heater is installed in the machine and the pipe ends are heated according to the butt fusion standard ASTM International F2620. Once the heating criteria is met, the heater is removed and the pipe ends are brought together at the pre-determined force. This force is held on the joint for the time required by the standard. At this point, the pipe can be removed from the machine and visually inspected before pulling down the pipeline.

Fire Hydrant Repair, Replacement, and Installation

Fire hydrants, essential to control and extinguish fires, also play a role in the proper functioning of complete water systems.

Basically, a fire hydrant opens up a valve that allows water from the public water systems to flow at high pressure. Moreover, fire hydrants make part of the larger water system that controls the water supply for entire cities.  Generally, they respond to a series of standards and codes that each city imposes, and every commercial building owner should know.

Most public and private fire hydrants function through a connection to the main underground water-utility-pipeline. This option is not exclusive though; a privately owned fire hydrant can have other types of water supply.

Fire Hydrants are Non-potable Water Systems

The public water supply treats its water to be drinkable. Thus, the water that goes through a fire hydrant is processed,  the stagnant water in the pipes contaminates all the “new” water that passes through.

Who needs a fire hydrant?

Most fire hydrants belong to the city or the utility company and make part of the fire prevention system. When a business owner builds or buys a commercial building, the fire prevention system may need a fire hydrant.

Fire hydrant repair services

  • Replace worn gaskets and parts 

We will replace all the gaskets and worn components and even the fire hydrant itself!

  • Repair leaking hydrants

If the hydrant leaks, we will be at the site as soon as possible to stop the gushing water and repair it.

  • Lower or raise the breakoff flanges

Fire hydrants need to be installed at a determined depth.  Therefore, the changes in the ground around a hydrant can affect its performance.  We will raise or lower the fire hydrant to ensure its proper functioning.

Lead Pipe Line Replacement

To reduce exposure to lead in drinking water, effective July 28, 2017, lead service lines are prohibited in
the Greater Cincinnati Water Works (GCWW) system. Enforcement of this prohibition is being phased in
over 15 years, and owners will have a grace period before any action will be taken.

Here is a very informative article about the water safety issues of lead pipes and partial lead pipe replacement. Read Article Here

Hot Tapping

Hot tapping is also known as wet tapping. It is a way to tap into a water line while it is under pressure and add a line, drain the system or add a Thermowell or sensor. You place a hot tap service saddle or sleeve onto the line. You add a valve and test the connection under pressure with a hydrostatic pump. Then you place the hot tap machine onto the value through a water tight packing gland, open the valve and lower the cutter and retention pilot down until it touches the pipe. You then drill into the pipe manually or with an electric or air driven unit that cuts a hole in the pipe. The retention pipe grabs the cut out coupon so it doesn’t fall down into the pipe where it could cause a problem down he line. You then retract the cutter and pilot up into the hot tap machine, close the valve and you have completed a hot tap.

6” tap on a 24” pipe

Damaging Roots

Can roots grow through PVC? Roots penetrate these openings to reach the nutrients and moisture inside the pipes. … Clay pipe, which is most common in older water and sewer lines, is also easily penetrated and damaged by tree roots. Concrete pipe and PVC pipe may also allow root intrusion, but to a lesser extent than clay.

CCTV Camera Pipe Inspection

Specially designed waterproof plumbing cameras allow plumbing technicians to conduct a visual inspection of sewer lines and other underground pipes, including pipes under cement and under your home’s foundation.

Sewer camera inspection services are recommended if you experience repeated sewer or drain line backups, slow drains, or clogs. Unexpected high water bills can possibly indicate a sewer line leak, and can also be identified with a sewer line video inspection.

Trenchless Sewer Installation

In order to determine if our trenchless methods are right for fixing a problem, our trained team of experts will be able to diagnose the problem with cameras inserted directly into the sewer system. After this diagnosis is made, we can move forward with our repairs. We recommend our trenchless drain line repair solution to fix various types of problems, including:

  • Underground pipelines, specifically located beneath homes, landscaping, or business buildings
  • Blocked pipes that have burst because of roots or household debris
  • Poorly installed pipes that create sewer backups or frequently leaking drain lines
  • Cracked water pipes caused by ground movement or home restoration
  • Persistent freezing and thawing creating damaged piping
  • Adding larger water lines to the home or business

Renew Downspouts and Underdrains

One of the most common storm drains or underdrain is the French drain. Also called a weeping tile or rock drain, a French drain typically consists of gravel or rocks that filter water through a trench and into a perforated pipe. These are especially common along a building’s foundation. The first step in fixing a French drain typically involves finding the damaged section of the pipe. We can help you.

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