Pacific plumbing makes use of the TRIC system
How the TRIC System Works
TRIC Tools Inc. developed the first sewer lateral pipe-bursting system, opening the market for trenchless home sewer replacement. Before TRI(, repair or replacement of a home sewer meant completely or partially digging it up, which was messy, disruptive, expensive, and often incomplete. TRIC lateral bursting systems are the lightest, most compact, and easiest to maneuver, especially in the tight situations common to residential sewer repairs.
- Durable, flexible High Density Polyethylene (HOPE) pipe is thermally fused together
(not glued) in 20-foot lengths, to create a new leak-proof sewer lateral from house to property line or city main. The old lateral is exposed at each end of the line to be replaced.
- Clearing and Cleaning of the Line
Root intrusion, settling earth, erosion, and overall attrition cause clogs, sewer backups, and eventual pipeline failure. Once the sewer blockage is temporarily cleared, a steel cable is threaded through the line.
- The Bursting Head
A steel cone with a base diameter larger than the old pipe is pulled by the cable, shattering the old sewer while pulling in the new pipe behind it. This new HDPE pipe is impervious to future leakage and root intrusion.
- The Puller
The patented TRIC cable-pulling assembly puts big power in a very small footprint, and is extremely adaptable to a wide range of setup scenarios.
- Hydraulic Power Source (Pump)
Our compact, portable, high-performance hydraulic power pack drives the pulling unit with rugged reliability.
Copper Pipe Repairs
Whether you own a residential or commercial property, you can have issues inside or outside of the building related to water distributing copper pipes. In some cases, this will be from copper pipe corrosion that causes pinhole leaks. Most of the time, your main sign of a copper pipe leak will be that you have water damage in the walls, floors or ceilings of your building. Other times, you are aware that there is a leak in the pipes outside of the building because your water bill has suddenly increased. Despite the seriousness of the issue, over the past five years, it has become easier for plumbers to repair copper pipes.
Water Heater Replacement
If you’re replacing a water heater, you can replace it with the same type of unit. However, upgrade possibilities should be considered. For example, you may choose to increase or decrease the unit’s holding capacity to accommodate a changing family. Or, you may opt to go tankless.
When looking for a water heater, consider these features:
- Gallon capacity (40-gallon and 50-gallon heaters are the most common)
- Recovery rate (the number of gallons the heater will heat in an hour)
- Dimensions (width and height — physical space may limit your ability to upgrade your unit’s capacity; will the heater fit in the space you have for it?)
- Energy efficiency ratings (a sticker on the side should list the estimated annual cost of operation for the unit)
- Before making repairs or purchasing a new water heater, check the nameplate on the side of your current unit. Here you will find helpful information including the tank capacity, insulation
- R-value, installation guidelines, working pressure, model and serial number. If you have an electric water heater, the nameplate will also list the wattage capacity and voltage of the heating elements.
Answer these questions to determine whether or not you want to tackle water heater installation:
- How will you dispose of your old water heater? Check local codes governing disposal of such appliances.
- Will you be able to physically handle the unit? Water heaters are bulky and heavy. You will need assistance.
- Do you have the tools necessary to do the job? Water heater installation requires adjustable wrenches, screwdrivers, a hacksaw and pliers. You may also need a propane torch if your installation uses copper pipe.
- Do you have time to do the job? Once you start replacing a water heater, you have to finish.