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There are various methods to perform an underground water line replacement or a new installation. Each method has an affect on the underground installation cost, and poses potential other issues as well. As safety is a priority, along with cost, it’s best to understand which is the best method for each job. Not every underground installation is the same, quite to the contrary, many have unique challenges and features. Of course back in the “old days”, before pneumatic tools and specialized equipment, all work was done by hand. Jobs that will now take 1 day or less, used to take 3 days or more. With that said, lets discuss tunneling and other methods used to install underground water lines.

A good way to keep the costs down when having your water service line replaced is by using tunneling methods. In this video, we’re going to show you how the Balkan Team uses compressed air through sections of pipe. This method allows the compressed air to blow a tunnel through the sections of pipe. The Balkan installation crew is then able to install the copper water service line great distances, and with very few excavations.

The Preferred Method For A NYC Water Line Replacement

The Balkan installation crew foreman in the above video is using short pieces of pipe, along with compressed air to blow the dirt out from the tunnel. This creates a tunnel just large enough to slide a new copper line through. Piece by piece he installs these pipes, with the compressed air blowing the dirt out. This method also eliminates any chance of underground utility line damage .

With very few excavations needed the costs are kept down, and less labor is needed. The crew foreman’s teammate will turn on the air as needed and turn off the air as directed. This process is quickly repeated as each piece of pipe is successfully added. In only a few minutes the tunnel is completed to the other excavation across the street, which is about 25 or 30 feet away. Clear across on the other side of the street, the coworker will find the compressed air blowing through the tunnel. Once the air blows through it completes this portion of the job. In the video you can see the compressed air blowing through slightly.

How Copper Water Lines Are Installed Through A Tunnel

The next step is the worker in the street hole attaching the new copper to the pipes used to blow the tunnel. Then another Balkan installer in the sidewalk hole will remove the sections of pipe used to blow the tunnel one piece at a time. While he pulls out each section of pipe, he is likewise also pulling the copper from across the street. Until eventually there’s the brand new copper line. This water line replacement method is another example of “The Balkan Way”. By cutting back on the required labor, keeping damage down, and performing a seamless installation, we likewise keep costs down for our valued customers. That’s why after 70 years and over 70,000 satisfied customers Balkan is the team you trust.

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Pipe Bursting For Underground Installations

Another method used to perform underground water line replacement work in many parts of the country is pipe bursting. This is a method which basically bursts the old line, essentially enlarging it. The old line then becomes a conduit to pull through the new water service line. This method is likewise also used for house sewer line installations. Pipe bursting does have its drawbacks, particularly in the NYC area.

First of all, pipe bursting is when installing rolls or long sections of plastic pipe. In NYC plastic piping is not permitted for water service line replacement or installation work. Plastic piping is likewise not permitted for house sewer lines in NYC. Secondly, and more importantly, pipe bursting poses a risk to underground utility lines. In an area such as NYC, many underground utility lines are present, and frequently in close proximity to each other. If a pipe is burst to a larger diameter, it can likewise damage or rupture another pipe. This is especially true if a line is in close proximity to the line that was burst. For instance, if an old water line is next to a gas line the pipe bursting could cause a gas leak.

Underground Water Line Pipe Pulling & Directional Boring

There are also pipe pulling and boring methods for water line replacement and installation work. These methods come in particularly handy when damaging sensitive or valuable finished surfaces must be avoided. While the set-up time, and size of the sending pits may pose a challenge, frequently the benefits outweigh these challenges. Directional boring and pipe pulling can allow for water line installations with a minimal amount of excavations. For instance, sensitive areas like valuable landscaping and pavers can be passed without any excavation being needed.

These specialized water line replacement and installation methods can frequently be more expensive. The overall savings can come in the form not having to restore valuable finished surfaces. Only highly experienced installers can operate these types of tools. Underground utilities are frequently not going to be exposed by excavating in this case. Therefore installs can only occur after all underground utility lines have been carefully marked out. While calling 811 for a utility mark-out is required in all cases, it is even more important in these cases. Additionally, in a busy metropolitan area such as NYC, these methods can only be utilized under particular circumstances.

Expert Water Main Repair and Water Line Replacement

The Balkan Team provides expert home water main repair and water line replacement. We have expertise in all types of NYC underground plumbing. Balkan Sewer And Water Main Service was founded in 1952. Since its inception, the foundation of the company has been based upon integrity and honesty in all of our dealings. That solid foundation has enabled us to thrive in every economic climate. That is why guiding you through the decision of doing a sewer repair vs sewer replacement exemplifies our company culture of educating consumers. We feel the more you know, the better we’ll look. The year 2020 actually marks our 68th consecutive year in business under the same family guidance. As we have grown, we have become increasingly dependent upon a “Team First” approach. What helps ensure a continuation of our high standards, overall integrity, and high company morale, is that same team approach. Complete client satisfaction has always been the number one goal at Balkan Sewer And Water Main. That is why we are NYC’s largest and most trusted sewer and water main service in New York City. Simply put, if it’s plumbing, and it’s underground, we do it. For almost 70 years, and for over 70,000 New Yorkers to date, Balkan is “The Team You Trust”.