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Canandaigua Sewer Lateral

Friday, September 28 posted by Pipe Ninja

Many people are looking for ways to go green nowadays. Some people want to save the environment while others are looking for ways to save money on their bills. One of the latest trends is rain barrels. They are called many different things and people have been using them for thousands of years. They were phased out for a while because of advances in water technology. Now people are seeing the need to conserve water and be resourceful. New washing machines use one-third of the water that older style machines use. New toilets, faucets, and showerheads are saving millions of gallons of water a year. In this article we will cover how you can save on your water bill using rain barrels. We will also talk different types of rain barrels as well as how they are installed...

Canandaigua Sewer Lateral

Monday, April 16th posted by Pipe Ninja

Cities and towns are constantly running sewer lines into new districts and down new roads. The houses that were on septic systems originally now have the option to tie into public sewer. This is a perfect opportunity for people who have old and failing septic systems. You are not required to tie into public sewer, and if you have a newer septic system it might be better to just wait. The cost of installing and maintaining a new septic is much higher than paying a quarterly sewer bill. The sewer line is also maintenance and headache free. In this article we will discuss how a public sewer lateral is generally installed.

Dig safe

Saturday, April 14th posted by Pipe Ninja

I am a proponent of DIY projects. Many projects that were done at my house are “home-owner specials”.  The problem with some DIY projects is that they can be dangerous, especially to someone who is unskilled in a certain trade. Electric, gas, and other projects can end up in tragedy if the DIY-er makes a mistake. People can be injured or even killed. It is always a good idea to ask a professional how he would do the job before getting started. This article talks about how we can approach plumbing and excavation in a safe manor. Take a minute to read this before going about your next digging project. Your life and your wallet may depend upon it...

trenchless pipe replacement

​Friday, April 13th posted by Pipe Ninja

Green Friday Article!

Traditional pipe repair and replacement generally involves digging down to a damaged pipe, cutting out a section, and replacing it with new pipe. This has been the way in which plumbers and excavators have done repairs since pipe was first used.  Now due to recent technological advances, contractors are able to replace or repair pipe without digging a trench and disturbing soil, landscaping, or driveways. This is known as “trenchless” or “no dig” pipe repair. Many contractors are now offering this option to homeowners and businesses. This article will cover the benefits of trenchless pipe repair, as well as a few different trenchless methods...

Drywell

​Thursday, April 12th posted by Pipe Ninja

Drywells are a type of drain that collect storm water into the ground. They are not very commonly used anymore. We have seen, however, some contractors still using drywells as their primary method of getting rid of water. Although they would probably disagree with me, I do not believe drywells are a good way of getting rid of unwanted water. We will talk about what a drywell is and also a couple of different reasons that drywells are not a good method for getting rid of water. We will also talk about alternative drainage methods that work better than drywells...

rusty water line

​Tuesday, April 10th posted by Pipe Ninja

Many people live in a house that has a metal or galvanized water line. Plastic or copper is generally used nowadays. If you own a newer home, then you probably don’t need to replace your water line. It is also possible to have plastic PEX or copper pipe for indoor plumbing, and have galvanized steel as the line that feeds your house from the road. Why does it matter if you have a galvanized steel water line? Here are five reasons to replace your old water line...

Cast iron pipe

​Sunday, April 9th posted by Pipe Ninja

Let's talk about the different kinds of pipe excavating companies install. There have been many times when I am on a job site, and a conversation starts up about the pipe we are putting in the ground. The homeowner is generally clueless about the pipe. He might do two weeks of research on the type of shoes he is going to buy, but doesn't take five minutes to understand what is being installed in his yard. He trusts that the contractor is using quality pipe and leaves it at that. I hope that after reading this post you are equipped with a greater understanding of differences in pipe, because it is really quite important...

Leach field in Wayne County

​Saturday, April 8th posted by Pipe Ninja

Let’s talk about septic systems. They are a serious investment, and can cost anywhere from $5,000 to $30,000. Most people have a basic understanding of how they work. You flush the toilet, it flows out to your back yard, and magical gnomes carry away your effluent. Just kidding. It’s not a bad idea to have a basic understanding of how septic systems work and also know a few of the different types that are out there...