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Pro Drain Techs bursting with excitement over new techology

Company uses trench-less technology to replace drain pipes that leaves yards in tact.
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St. Albert's Pro Drain Techs use a technology to replace drains that don't require residents to dig up their yards and displace their landscaping.

Pro Drain Techs have a new technology that allows you to replace and repair damaged drain lines without digging up your yards and driveways.

Danny Paiement, one of the owners of Pro Drain Techs, said in the past homeowners would be forced to dig up their lawns and yards to replace broken drain pipes, but with the new technology, the disturbance to property is minimal.

Paiement said the old method, known as trenching, is really expensive because of the damage done to property.

But there are some new methods that cause less damage. The first method that can be used is known as a burst, which pulls the new pipe through the old pipe.

“This 20-ton winch will pull a cone that holds the new pipe through the old drain, literally expanding the old drain and bursting it,” he said.

“It's pretty cool as it goes through and you can hear it breaking out of the ground. It’s pretty exciting.”

Paiement said the company can also insert a fiberglass and epoxy material into the existing drain, followed by a bladder. Using air, they will fill the bladder, which pushes the material to the edge of the existing drain. Once the material is fully cured, they deflate the bladder and pull it out and customers are left with brand new seamless stream from end to end.

Paiement said there are only a handful of companies in the region using this new technology.

“It’s a very niche market.”

Paiement said replacing a drain using trenchless technology only takes a few days.

“It's about two days with cleanup. Your drain will be down for about four hours, maybe a full day, but really eight-hour day, and then you can have the drain up and running again.”

Paiement said the best way to know what is wrong with your drain is to send a scope down there to see the condition.

Pro Drain Techs is a family-based business that has been in St. Albert for nine years. They will be at the Fall Home Show all weekend to show people their drain technology.

Jennifer Henderson, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

About the Author: Jennifer Henderson, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

Jennifer Henderson is the Local Journalism Initiative reporter for Great West Newspapers based in St. Albert, Alta.
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