March 28, 2017

What Dallas Summers Can Do to Pipe Seams

Dallas summers are no joke. When the temperature’s climbing and the water through your pipes is flowing, you can wind up with problems in your pipe seams. The hot weather makes trees desperate for water, which means they often break into your pipes. Additionally, the rapid changes in temperature can weaken any pipe seams that are exposed to them. This is what a summer in Dallas can do to your pipe seams.

Extreme temperatures can strain joints

Many pipe seams are protected. If your pipe is buried deep in the ground, it’s not going to suffer from the full force of a Dallas summer. Even when the temperature soars, deeply laid pipes can be safe. If your pipe is close to the surface or otherwise less insulated, however, the extreme temperatures can be brutal.

Extreme temperature shifts can be tough on the sealant between pipe seams. While Texas doesn’t get quite hot enough to bother the metal of your pipes (no matter what it feels like at times), even a slight softening of sealant can prime your pipes to problems with intrusive roots. It can also affect high pressure pipes. This is an especially large concern for large diameter pipes. You should consider having your large diameter pipes inspected regularly to avoid any large problems with them.

Intrusive roots intrude more in summer

If Dallas pipe seams have one natural enemy, it’s thirsty trees. Landscaping is part of what keeps the area beautiful, but summer isn’t easy on trees, and shrubs. Tree roots routinely grow into the seams of pipes if they get the chance. Pipes that carry liquid, whether it’s pure drinking water or sewage, are the main targets of intrusive roots. The plants send their roots worming into the seams, eventually creating leaks and damage. Intrusive roots clog your pipe flow, and slow your draining or drop your water pressure. Either way, this is a disaster for industrial pipes.

Some methods of handling intrusive roots are to simply trim them back every winter. Pruning roots is a good solution to the immediate problem, but it cannot solve your issues long-term. Every time the roots grow in, they open your pipe seams a little wider. They’ll be back, clogging your pipes and leaking your water, even faster next time. The best solution is to avoid pipe seams wherever possible.

CIPP minimizes pipe seams

Cured in place piping is a great solution for the problems presented by pipe seams. Cured in place pipes are installed as one single piece of piping. The only seams in the pipe happen around joints, and where laterals connect. These seams are much easier to inspect for damage and intrusive roots, because the seams will be marked on your maps. You can get a visual inspection of your pipes at any time to check the seams.

Dallas summers aren’t easy on your pipe seams. They cause poorly insulated pipe sealant to suffer under the daily surges of heat. In addition, intrusive roots make a greater effort to get to the water in your pipes. CIPP is one way to avoid both pipe seams and the problems they have in summer.