Live Camera Pipe Inspections

A video camera inspection by Curry and Son’s is a no-mess and accurate way to determine the condition of your sewer pipe, and inspect and problems that are present. These problems often cannot be confirmed simply be snaking or rootering the pipe on it’s own. Our CCTV Camera Inspections are the best way to detect obstructions or material that is impeding the proper flow of your drainage – often such things as broken tiles, mortar connections gone bad roots, inline traps, pipe sagging & cracking, and sludge buildup to name a few.

CCTV Video Camera Inspection is also a great way to proactively inspect the drains in your newly purchased home, or an older home before a basement renovation. Your exterior drainage is a very important part of your homes drainage system, and a small investment in time and money can often save you a huge investment in time and money down the road.

Excavating Services

Excavating is our specialty. Our many years of experience are put to work for you, and no job is too big or small. Whether you need land cleared or backhoe services for a number of projects, we’ve got you covered. We provide emergency work when you need someone right away.

We Can Provide A Wide Variety of Excavating Services 

  • Land clearing
  • Backhoe service
  • Road construction
  • Storm drains
  • Underground electrical 
  • Waterlines 
  • Cables
  • Install septic tanks 
  • Excavation

Why Not to Use HDPE or Pex Piping in Butler County for Potable Water

Re-posted Courtesy of Hamilton Journal News

“We’ve got about 21 miles of HDPE piping in our system now, and it is catastrophically failing, about 60 years ahead of when it should have,” Logan said. “This, back about 20 years ago, was the future of water mains, and unfortunately, the chemicals we use attack the pipe and then cause it to fail. So we’re going back to iron piping.”

HAMILTON, Ohio —  LOCAL NEWS Dec 02, 2019 By  Mike Rutledge, Staff Writer

Construction crews in 2020 will replace many plastic water mains of “the future” that are failing about 60 years earlier than expected in its Highland Park neighborhood.

A key factor in the deteriorating pipes is the chemical the city uses to disinfect its water and keep microbes from growing while water flows from the city’s treatment plant to homes and businesses. It’s that same disinfectant system that has helped Hamilton earn accolades for the taste of its water in several competitions in recent years.

John Bui, superintendent of Hamilton’s south treatment plant, said that while chlorine dioxide is making the high-density polyethylene pipes brittle, it isn’t harmful to the people who drink it. Most water processors use chlorine gas, which is less complicated to use than chlorine dioxide.

Even some places where chlorine gas is used in disinfection are switching back to iron pipes.

Hamilton, which operates its own water utility, used the high-density polyethylene pipe when it replaced water mains in the neighborhood about 20 years ago, said Hamilton Executive Director of Infrastructure Jim Logan.

“We’ve got about 21 miles of HDPE piping in our system now, and it is catastrophically failing, about 60 years ahead of when it should have,” Logan said. “This, back about 20 years ago, was the future of water mains, and unfortunately, the chemicals we use attack the pipe and then cause it to fail. So we’re going back to iron piping.”

Logan told the city council’s finance committee on Nov. 15 that breaks have become common.

“We have water-main breaks non-stop,” he said. “We had two on Sunday. If you look at the frequency of breaks, it’s really been increasing in Highland, so we’re stepping in, we’re going to give them all new water mains, improve the reliability, and then after we get the water mains in, we’ll come back and we’ll repave everything because water-main projects, they really do tear up a neighborhood.

“But if you can live through that, it’s a really nice improvement on the end of it.”

City Engineer Rich Engle said staff is now designing the project, and it likely will bid out early in 2020 with construction likely starting in the spring.

He estimated the project will cost $3.5 million, with $2.1 million of that coming from an Ohio Public Works Commission loan with zero percent interest and the city borrowing the rest of the amount.

Logan said chlorine dioxide creates a thin brittle layer in HDPE pipes, which eventually leads to cracks and then failures of the pipes.

“You’re starting to see a lot of other municipalities that use standard chlorine, and are still going back to iron pipes,” Logan said. “I don’t know that there is 100-percent agreement out there on which is the best material.”

An entire town in France installed HDPE pipes, “and they had failures in as short as one year,” he said.

Meanwhile, the average age of city’s water mains overall is about 75 years, Logan said. Some are 125 years or older, such as a 24-inch main below Third Street that is being replaced and should be finished in February.

Bui said the chlorine dioxide, which Hamilton has used since 1972, “just affects the polymer in the piping and causes it to become brittle.”

“At low concentrations, it helps prevent microbial growth in the water while it travels through the distribution pipeline,” Bui added.

Which Trenchless Technology Is Better? Cured In Place (CIPP) vs Pipe Bursting

Sewer Pipe Line Repair

A burst sewer pipe in your home or small business is always a major inconvenience, but you can limit the impact on your wallet and stress levels by making a few smart choices about how you handle the situation. Fortunately, these days you do not need to tear up your entire yard to get at a broken sewer pipe thanks to advances in trenchless repair technology. However, choosing the right kind of trenchless repair for your particular needs takes a bit of knowledge.

While they both represent major advances in plumbing repair technology, not all of the current trenchless pipe repair techniques are as effective in different situations. When you are facing burst or leaking pipes is the worst time to try and learn about the different types of trenchless repair, so we have compiled all the necessary information for you here. Before you make a decision about how to fix your piping problems in your residence or office, it is worthwhile to take a moment to compare pipe bursting trenchless repair versus epoxy pipe lining.

What Are the Similarities?
Both of these technologies have gained broad acceptance for both residential and commercial pipe repairs since the early 1980s. Epoxy pipe lining is also known as “cured-in-place piping” (CIPP) and pipe bursting is usually known as upsizing or pipe splitting. Both of these techniques will repair your damaged sewer and water lines without needing to dig up and remove your old pipes.

The trenchless approach for solving underground piping problems saves many home and business owners a few thousand dollars every year. Both of these technologies eliminate the cost and stress of an excavation, which also helps preserve any expensive landscaping. While both of these techniques will accomplish the same goal, they each depend on very different operations.

Does Pipe Splitting Actually Burst Pipes?
Pipe splitting performs very much as advertised, using special equipment that will burst through your existing pipe, while it also expands the surrounding soil and draws replacement piping into place. This process can generally handle any diameter of piping.

The large size of the pipe-bursting equipment will require digging a pit for insertion, which means that the operation is not actually totally trenchless. Percussion forces resulting from the bursting pipe will often cause substantial ground movement that can affect the infrastructure around the work site. Pipe splitting is more risky in sandy or rocky soils, so its use always requires a thorough site study to establish the appropriateness of the conditions, and also requires a high degree of mechanical caution when in use.

How Does CIPP Work?
Cured-in-place piping involves the fabrication of materials on-site, and then the running of resin-soaked liners through your damaged sewer or water pipe lines. The two-part epoxy will cure in place, which creates a structural bond to the material of the original pipe. This way the success of the operation is independent of the surrounding soil conditions, and it will not generate any dangerous ground movement. This technology will work with any type of line including clay pipes, PVC and cast-iron drains, with an average completion time of one or two days. Most epoxy pipe lining brands come with 10-year guarantees. Unlike in the case of pipe splitting, CIPP is safe to use in virtually all types of sewer or water line repair.

Whether relining or pipe bursting is better for your needs depends on the details of your situation: how deep is your pipe, how extensive is the damage, and where is it located on your property?

Pipe bursting will cost roughly $125 to $200 for each foot, which will result in a $3,500 to $20,000 bill depending on the length of your repair. Pipe bursting is basically the underground replacement of your pipe, and the cost will depend on the depth and length of the damaged pipe.

Relining your damaged pipe will usually cost between $150 to $250 for each foot, which will result in total repair costs between $4,000 and $20,000 depending on the circumstances. Most relining operations end up costing between $6,000 and $12,000.

Since the final cost and safety of the operation depends on the exact circumstances of your problem, the first thing you should do is contact plumbing professionals who offer both services, as well as inspections and estimates.

We would love to offer you an estimate for both. Give us a call today.


How to Know When It’s Time For a Second Opinion

There are a few easy rules of thumb you can go by when deciding whether or not you should get a second opinion on plumbing, heating, or air work.

1: The proposed “fix” exceeds $800
2: You don’t have trust in/a history with the company doing the work
3: The price of the job or the proposed solution just feels wrong to you

When you find yourself having these doubts, you should get a second opinion. Most reputable service companies like us are more than happy to provide you with a quick but thorough second opinion. That way, you can either verify your suspicion that something isn’t right – or put it to rest and be able to make your decision with confidence.

How Much Will a Second Opinion Cost?

We don’t charge for giving you a second opinion.

How Can I Get a Second Opinion on My Plumbing

Curry and Sons Construction is full-service contractor who performs convenient and fast second opinions for customers every day. Our expert technicians will thoroughly inspect and diagnose the situation to put your mind at ease. We’ll even provide you with multiple options to choose from when determining how to solve your plumbing problem within your budget.

Call Curry and Son’s today for your second opinion – and your peace of mind.

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