tunnelingTruckAs technology advances, machines are created that can improve processes that only humans could once complete. One area in the plumbing industry that has improved is for under slab repairs. So, let our New Orleans plumbing team discuss the difference between Humans vs. Machines.

You’ve probably heard about it or maybe you’ve even seen it happening. A group of guys with shovels start to dig a tunnel below a house in order to repair the plumbing below the slab. Maybe it’s a broken pipe or just a repair. They form a huge pile of dirt and then the plumber crawls below the home and repairs the plumbing problem. After the repair is completed, the guys will push the pile of dirt back in. If you’ve stuck around to watch them complete the job, you will notice that their is some extra dirt. Why? No matter how well these guys try to compact the old dirt back into the hole, it will never be the same as it was before it was excavated. This means that their could be air pockets in the dirt. These air pockets can cause rust to form on the pipes, allows bugs like termites to get in, and could even cause foundation problems.

Which brings us to the Machines…Hydro-Tunneling plus Sand Pumps. Hydro tunneling is the process of removing or moving soil with pressurized water. An air conveyance or vacuum is then used to transfer the soil or debris to a debris tank. This allows for a non-destructive and more accurate way to excavate soil and locate underground utilities and pumping. The primary benefit of hydro tunneling is that it reduces damage and improves safety control and it simply does a better and cleaner job of digging. In addition, hydro tunneling avoids damage to underground pipes, lines, and cables. This in turn eliminates the high expenses needed for repairs and restoration. Once the plumber finishes repairing all of the plumbing beneath the home and tests the system, a sand pump machine fills every inch of the tunnel with sand to ensure that the hole is sealed. This prevents water from finding a path under the property and causing foundation problems.

So, in the end it is best to use the machine. Call Acadian Plumbing To find Out More.