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Why Choose Trenchless Utility Installations

Why Choose Trenchless Utility Installations

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Integral to infrastructure, underground utilities sustain and enhance the quality of life within residential communities and businesses. Maintaining such an infrastructure is another story. In the past, the arduous task of replacing or repairing such utilities required digging massive trenches while also shutting down roads and other above-ground infrastructure. That is until trenchless solutions became widespread. Today, this technology provides a solution to underground repairs and installations that makes old methods nearly obsolete.

Reasons to Choose Trenchless Technology

So why choose trenchless technology? Because it has a number of upsides that can’t be attained by antiquated digging methods. Plus, it has a variety of applications that make it as diverse of a procedure as possible. EPS Inc. dba Express Plumbing relies on advanced solutions to achieve successful outcomes, that combined with experienced staff and advanced equipment leads to some great perks when choosing trenchless.

Versatility

Every type of underground utility can benefit from trenchless technology, including:

With so many practical applications, trenchless technology provides companies with an avenue to fix any type of issues. So whether you need to repair 100-year-old clay sewer pipes or just replace a section of a gas line with a leak, trenchless technology provides a versatile solution to your problems.

Less Disruptive

Digging holes for utility installation or repair can uproot the very infrastructure it’s supposed to support. In most instances, trenchless technology allows utilities and other infrastructure to run continuously throughout the installation or repair. That means that residents, business, and road traffic are all free to operate just as they ordinarily would.

Cost-Efficient

Oftentimes, the cost of shutting off utilities or roads that bring local or intrastate commerce is immense. Not only does the repair cost money, but the inflow of money also takes a dramatic hit. In addition, the risk of a spill or damage to an existing utility line is far higher when digging than with trenchless technology.

However, trenchless tech negates these hindrances. It prevents the incidence of accidents that can draw out the project and drain a budget while also allowing businesses to continue to operate unimpeded.

Safety

Safety is another major concern when dealing with underground infrastructure. The settling of soil can create problems when boring underground, while piles of dirt or rubble can pose a problem to local residential populations. Furthermore, a break in a sewer or gas line may require people to temporarily move out of their neighborhood or business, creating even more issues.

With trenchless technology, you no longer need to worry about safety issues, as digging huge holes is no longer necessary.

Accuracy

With cameras, sensors, and more, trenchless technology is far more accurate than any other technique. Instead of reading old reports or digging through trial-and-error, trenchless solutions can “see” exactly where utility lines are and what needs to be done. This accuracy translates to both safety and the speed of installation.

Trenchless technology has revolutionized the ability to install underground utilities and piping. With minimal hassle and less staff needed, going trenchless is both quick and cost-effective. So whether you’re a business, residence, or municipality that needs utility repair or installation, trenchless technology is the ideal and smart choice. 

Contact our Bay Area plumbing professionals to schedule a complimentary evaluation or to discuss your particular plumbing needs.


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Service Feeders – Overhead Utility Lines vs Underground Utility Lines

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Since the introduction of electric power transmission lines in 1889, overhead utilities have been the standard for all types of services. Electricity, phone, cable, and internet are all pumped into residential and commercial buildings via utility poles. But with the advent of underground digging and trenchless technology, utility companies and municipalities have begun to see the advantages of underground power. While both have their advantages, underground utility and power lines are quickly becoming the gold standard in the industry.

Overhead Utilities

Overhead utility lines are service feeders strung atop large poles. Measuring 30- to 60-feet in height, buried 6 feet below the surface, and made of wood, these poles are manufactured to withstand severe weather and inadvertent collisions from automobiles.

Feeder wires from these utility poles are then connected to your home through masts on the roof or the side of your home. Because these feeder wires are suspended in the air, they don’t interfere with anything on the ground. However, they are vulnerable to ice, falling tree limbs, and other inclement weather because of their exposure to the elements.

Underground Utilies

The service provider still uses utility poles to run underground utility lines, but instead of suspending them above ground, they run a pipe underground. Workers then push feeder wire through these underground pipes and into a transformer, which acts as an intermediary between the power source and your home. The feeder lines are installed into one side of the transformer, while the other side features cables that connect to your electric meter and circuit breaker.

Unlike overhead utility lines, underground utility lines aren’t exposed to weather that can cause severe damage. Utility companies also clearly mark these lines so that homeowners or construction crews don’t accidentally damage them when running trenches for other utilities, digging water fixtures, or landscaping. The result is a cleaner look and a reduced chance of damage that can take days or weeks to fix.

Advantages of Underground Utility Lines

Aside from less exposure to weather, underground utility lines have numerous other advantages. Underground power lines have extended reach due to less voltage drop. Voltage drop is a decrease in electrical potential, which is lessened by underground power lines because of lower reactance, or the impedance of a circuit.

Although overhead utility lines are more affordable to install — by many estimates, up to 80% cheaper — underground utility lines offset this through lower maintenance costs. With little repair work needed during heavy storms and no extraneous costs such as tree trimming, underground utilities often pay for themselves within a few years.

Transitioning from Overhead to Underground Service Feeders

In densely populated areas and new subdivisions, many builders and municipalities are turning to underground service feeders or transitioning from overhead to underhead. This minimally invasive service only requires workers to dig a small hole near the home and one near the utility pull. Using a trenchless boring machine, they can run the utility lines from the service pole to the home in just a few hours.

With so many advantages over overhead service feeders, underground service feeders are the next wave in how utility companies and local governments power homes. No other type of installation process offers streamlined service that protects the curb appeal of homes and their ability to get the power they need.

Express Plumbing a division of EPS Inc. has been servicing municipalities, industrial, commercial, and the residential sector in the Bay Area for multiple decades. We specialize in planning and executing civil engineering projects including underground utility lines.


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Why Is Civil Engineering More Complex?

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A civil engineering contractor provides a complex form of engineering for several reasons. Not only do civil engineers provide the transportation, utility infrastructure, and buildings that allow modern society to function, but they must also make it coexist with existing structures and nature.

With so much responsibility riding on the shoulders of civil engineering projects, it’s important to understand the various aspects that make it a complex and crucial part of all types of construction projects.

EPS Inc. has been providing civil engineering services and underground infrastructure support in the Bay Area for multiple decades. We rely on our experience, advanced equipment and professional staff to support the residential, commercial, and municipal sector in the South Bay.

Underground Infrastructure

Underground infrastructure is what makes high quality of life possible. Although few people ever see the underpinnings of plumbing, sewer, and other utility lines, they’re an integral part of everyday life.

Deciding how and where to lay underground infrastructure is one of the most difficult problems faced in civil engineering. These pipes and utility lines must follow a specific set of guidelines without interfering with existing infrastructure or affecting the property of private individuals for a prolonged period of time.

Unlike other branches of engineering, the area to build such infrastructure isn’t a blank canvas. Rather, it’s a time-consuming process that has several moving parts. Figuring out how to complete a project on time and under budget is a crucial aspect that further exacerbates the challenge of many civil engineering projects.

Limiting Damage to Existing Infrastructure

Another crucial aspect of civil engineering is attempting to limit the damage to existing infrastructure. When laying or repairing sewer lines, underground pipe, electrical lines, and other utilities, the overarching idea is to reduce the potentially devastating effect it has on roads, sidewalks, and greenery.

To complete this task, many civil engineers turn to trenchless digging. To complete underground projects without disturbing the surface, civil engineers start by assessing the damaged areas or the places that are ideal for new pipes and lines. Once they’ve determined where to start the project, trenchless digging comes into play.

Without an abundance of crew and equipment needed for digging, trenchless options reduce costs and don’t need to tear out roads or landscaping. Workers either dig a small pit to place the trenchless digging equipment or they drive the pipe downward using specialized equipment. This allows crews to complete the project with only a mild disturbance above ground.

Choosing the Right Civil Engineering Contractor for Projects

Once a civil engineering project has been conceptualized, budgeted, and planned, the next step is to find a reputable, respected, honest and experienced civil engineering contractor. Unfortunately, this is easier said than done, especially if the funding or budget isn’t concrete.

That’s why you need a licensed, experienced, and well-equipped civil engineering contractor. When you choose a company with proper licensing and experience, you can feel confident that the job will be completed up to professional standard without worrying about any shortcomings. Well-equipped and well-staffed companies can also limit the amount of time it takes to complete a civil engineering project, enabling you to stay on task.

On your next civil engineering project, don’t take any chances by going with a cheaper or less experienced contractor. The success and outcome of your venture will depend on it. Contact us with any upcoming projects no matter how simple or complex anywhere in the Bay Area.


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Benefits of Trenchless Repair for Sewer, Water, and Utility Lines

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When sewer, water, and utility lines become damaged, time is of the essence. Waiting too long to repair the damage can result in more catastrophic consequences, and people must suffice without the services that make life easier. To exacerbate the problem, a team must dig far below the ground to locate and diagnose the problem. Thankfully, trenchless repair is making the time-consuming effort of digging holes obsolete. If you need to repair sewer, water, or utility lines, discover the benefits of going trenchless.

How Trenchless Repair Works

Before diving into the benefits of trenchless repair for sewer, water, and utility lines, here’s a crash course on how the technology works. A trained professional first uses a camera to find the damaged area of the pipe. Once they’ve determined the problematic area, they clear the pipe as much as possible with water and begin the trenchless operation.

Several trenchless technologies exist, but in most instances, workers dig out a small area to find an access point, although this area is far smaller than traditional trench repair. Using a mechanical guide pipe, technicians can implement techniques such as pipe bursting, micro tunneling, and horizontal directional drilling. In less severe cases involving sewer lines, workers may also access the line through the home and repair the area by using a cured-in-place pipe.

Trenchless Saves Time

Traditional trench digging is a time-consuming process. It requires a large staff of laborers to dig a hole or several holes over a day or several days. If the dig results in many complications such as flooding, a burst pipe, or the release of raw sewage, this can set the operation back even further. With trenchless repair, the amount of time spent digging and repairing is a fraction of traditional methods.

Trenchless Saves Money

Although the upfront costs of trenchless repair are often a bit higher than digging, many homeowners, business owners, and municipalities fail to factor in extraneous costs. Some crews might replace dug-out areas with sod, but few are willing to replace flowers, trees, gardens, or other landscaping. To return the affected area to the status quo, you have to buy all the plants and mulch again, as well as a gardener or your own time to complete the job.

With trenchless digging, none of this is a concern. Your landscaping and yard remain relatively untouched, and you may never know a crew was ever there. Plus, the smaller amount of workers and less need for heavy machinery can often make trenchless digging a better value.

Trenchless Repair Provides Better Plumbing and Sewer

Trenchless repair for utility lines is highly effective, but plumbing and sewer lines go one step further. Because trenchless repairs use seamless pipes, sewer and water lines get some distinct advantages.

The seamless pipe reduces the obstructions caused by pipes made of other materials. They also last longer, are far less likely to clog and are more accessible if repair or replacement is necessary for the future.

If you’re facing a potential disaster with a faulty sewer, water, or utility line, don’t get sucked into the trap of opting for traditional methods. With all of the benefits of trenchless repair, there’s no reason to fix the problem any other way.

EPS Engineering is an underground construction Bay Area contractor. We provide our services to residential, commercial and municipal clients throughout the San Francisco area. Contact us to discuss any upcoming projects.


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Municipal Infrastructure Rehabilitation.

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The infrastructure of municipalities deteriorates over time. That’s an inevitability. While continually scheduled maintenance and repair can provide short-term solutions to small or even more complicated issues, rehabilitation is a long-term answer to the deterioration of sewers, underground utilities, and pipes.

Unfortunately, the reality and necessity of new construction and rehabilitation projects often fall below the radar, simply because underground infrastructure isn’t always visible. Yet the increased use and demand of infrastructure due to a rising population can put enough strain on existing systems to cause a catastrophe. Before that happens, municipalities should consider these rehabilitation options.

Sewer Rehabilitation

Trenchless sewer rehabilitation has quickly gained traction as one of the best ways to prevent catastrophic sewer overflows into both homes and streets. Before the advent of this technology,  sewer overflows created an unsanitary condition, as well as an odor problem that could drive off potential businesses, new homeowners, and other investors.

Foster City Sewer Rehabilitation Project by EPS Inc.

With trenchless drilling, this problem becomes a thing of the past. One of the most effective methods of sewer rehabilitation is sliplining. During this process, a pipe of smaller diameter is inserted into the original sewer line and the area in between is grouted to prevent leaks or spillage. Conversely, pipe bursting is a common procedure used to install a larger sewer pipe. Using the current pipe as a guide, pipe bursting involves pulling a larger pipe through the existing pipe with a metal wire, effectively destroying the old pipe, but leaving a newer, larger, and more effective pipe in its path.

Underground Utilities Rehabilitation

Like sewer lines, underground utility lines can also fall victim to age and other environmental factors. However, many of these lines are located in areas with heavy vehicular or pedestrian traffic, as well as environmentally sensitive areas. As a result, the use of minimal rehabilitation techniques is necessary.

One of the least invasive ways to repair these underground utilities without the disruption of traffic or natural landscapes is through horizontal directional drilling (HDD). Using HDD requires less digging and manpower than traditional repairs, and it’s also been proven to reduce carbon and other airborne emissions. In comparison to traditional methods, HDD is a far better option.

EPS Inc. dba Express Plumbing is the municipal contractor specializing in civil engineering, plumbing, heavy construction, underground construction and rehabilitation projects. We’ve been serving the Bay Area’s municipal, commercial and residential sector for multiple decades by providing experience combined with the most advanced techniques and equipment available.

Water and Wastewater Rehabilitation

Over time, water and wastewater networks and pipes fall victim to degradation due to a variety of factors, including age. Repair and maintenance is often a costly venture that can also cause anger from citizens, especially when workers have to dig up a person’s yard to conduct the repairs.

Fortunately, rehabilitation of these systems is less invasive due to new technologies. Directional drilling, pipe bursting, and other trenchless rehabilitation are far more cost-effective than traditional repairs. In-line stop-valves to reduce water pressure have also proven effective in the rehabilitation of water and wastewater lines.

Although many municipalities may spend a substantial amount of money on infrastructure rehabilitation — including funds that may be allocated to other areas of the budget — the cost savings become apparent almost immediately. With an infrastructure able to handle the workload, these municipalities will save money on repairs and maintenance — more than offsetting their initial expenditure.

If you have a rehabilitation project you want to discuss, contact Nick Bechwati, or schedule a meeting with us in the Bay Area.


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