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At Apollo Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning, we practice trenchless services that allow us to rehabilitate pipes from the inside. Whether the pipes beneath your home or business in Oregon or Washington are burst or flooding, we have the methods and equipment needed to mitigate damage and replace the pipes quickly.

Pipe replacements were traditionally processes associated with heavy excavation efforts that could require weeks of time to plow and dig before any repairs could be made. Fortunately, trenchless technology allows us to bypass these inconvenient steps in favor of better, more reliable, and fast solutions.

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Underground Utilities

At Apollo Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning, we specialize in mechanical, processing, and plumbing services, including sewer hookups, line repairs, trenchless pipe repairs, and sewer line replacements with full-service excavation. In most cases, our professional service teams can even replace sewer lines while avoiding underground hazards and damage to your property.

Our sewer inspection team can also help detect leaks in underground water lines, preventing water buildup around your home and increased water bills. Our teams use advanced video cameras to pinpoint leaks in your system, allowing us to provide you with accurate, cost-efficient solutions. Once we have the results, our solutions will depend on the results of our inspection, but we guarantee that our work will be able to address the problem.

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Bore Installations

Bore installations, also known as directional drilling, allow us to replace pipelines without digging trenches into the ground. This process utilizes horizontal drilling machines to drill a pilot hole for the new pipeline to be installed through while avoiding underground hazards and creating minimal damage to properties. Depending on what is needed, the boring head can be up to double the size of the faulty pipe in order to create an effective amount of space.

After the hole has been drilled, the new pipe is pulled through it and installed. Specialized drilling fluids in the process stabilize the surrounding soil and ensure that it doesn’t shift following the installation of the pipe.

Burst Installations

Initially used in the 1980s to replace gas distribution lines, pipe bursting today is widely considered to be an effective method for replacing a wide array of pipelines and a multitude of functions, including pipelines for water, gas, and sewage needs.

As a result, trenchless pipe bursting is the process of replacing existing pipelines without needing to physically remove those pipelines. It’s used most frequently with exceptionally brittle pipes, such as those made from clay or concrete, but can be applied to a diversity of sizes, materials, and uses. Bursting can also be utilized to increase the size of pipelines, improving water flow and pressure. This makes the process very flexible and reliable, ensuring that repairs can be done no matter what the problem may be or how severe it is.

How Trenchless Pipe Bursting

This method of repairs involves splitting apart the former, damaged pipe and inserting a new one in its place. This option requires little excavation, and our technicians will need to establish two separate connection points to the pipe.

  1. Through one access point, our cone-shaped bursting head is inserted into the existing pipeline. The bursting head’s diameter is larger than the pipeline’s diameter, allowing it to effectively break it apart.
  2. The bursting head is forced through the pipe, and the extra pressure on the host pipe will cause it to split open and fragment the old pipe. This allows the bursting head to create space for the new pipeline we install to fill.
  3. Immediately following the bursting head, the new high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipe is simultaneously pulled into the cavity, filling the new space. Once the HDPE pipe is in place, the two access points are filled.

The pipe bursting process is eco-friendly because it doesn’t require invasive digging. This allows the repair process to be faster, and with the installation of the powerful and durable HDPE pipe, we can guarantee that the results will be long-lasting, in addition to having many other benefits, including:

  • Lightweight material, easy to work with and mold
  • Resistant to chemicals
  • The plastic materials are recyclable
  • A durable plastic that lasts many years, resistant to leaks and cracks
  • Weather resistant

At Apollo Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning, our trenchless solutions have been innovated over many years of research and implementation. Our technicians are well-trained and will recommend the best solution for the problem at hand. All of our services are specialized for a variety of applications and utilities across Washington and Oregon, and we are proud to offer our services to residents and business owners in need of fast and punctual repair work.

Conduit For Power & Communication Cable

While our team is primarily experienced with installing new sewer pipelines and water lines, we also assist our customers across the Oregon and Washington areas with electrical and communication conduits. Also installed underground, we are comfortable with the terrain and weather of the region to ensure that any renovations or installation work that we do with electrical cables is careful and precise. Conduits are piping systems for routing electrical wiring. Commercial and industrial businesses need a constant flow of electrical energy. Metal and non-metal (PVC or plastic tubing) – and flexible underground pipes – protect valuable energy currents as they pass from panel boxes and breakers to lights and fixtures.

If you’re renovating your home and need the electrical system to be rerouted or if the cable lines at your business need to be better protected and cared for, we will have the recommendations and equipment needed to get the job done. We understand how important it is to work carefully and precisely with electrical systems, and our high-quality installation and repair work is reflective of this.

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When you need assistance with your home or business property in the Portland, Oregon area or Vancouver, Washington community, reach out to Apollo Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning to learn more about our services and the measures to conduct work safely underground and avoid extra plowing and digging. Call Apollo Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning today at 503-395-0900. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Trenchless Repair FAQs

What is trenchless sewer repair?

Trenchless sewer repair refers to several technologies that allow us to clean out or repair your sewer pipes without digging up your whole yard. Traditional sewer repair involves digging a trench along the entire length of your sewer line, from your home to where it joins the city’s line in the street. This often involved taking out grass, trees, sidewalks, driveways, and more! With trenchless sewer repair, you can get a long-lasting fix to your sewer problem without all that hassle and expense. 

How do you know what is going on in my sewer without digging it up to take a look?

We’ll send a small camera on a flexible cable down the entire length of your sewer line. Our camera gives us a clear, 360-degree view of your entire sewer line. It allows us to see any clogs in the line, cracks or breaks in the pipe, or other potential problems with the line. It also allows us to determine the exact location of the problems so we can target our repairs accordingly. 

What is hydro jetting?

Hydro jetting involves shooting a controlled, concentrated stream of water into your pipes. We can direct this stream so that it targets the scum and scale that has built up on the sides of your pipes or so that it decimates clogs in the lines. The water is so concentrated that it can break up even tough clogs, including some tree roots. After hydro jetting, your clog won’t just be gone, but the insides of your pipes will look brand new. 

What is cured-in-place piping (CIPP)?

Cured-in-place piping technology allows us to reline your sewer pipes without having to dig up the line. We turn the liner inside out and cover the inside with epoxy. Then, we run the liner into your line until it covers the crack or break in your sewer pipe. Our machines turn the pipe liner right side out again, allowing the epoxy to adhere to the existing pipe. Then we heat the inside of the liner so the epoxy can form a lasting seal. When we’re done, your pipe will have a brand new interior lining. 

How long will CIPP last?

The project duration for your CIPP repair will vary based on the products we use, the length of pipe replaced, and other factors. However, many products come with a 10-year warranty and you can actually expect them to last for 50 years or more. The liner resists corrosion by water and other substances and provides a barrier that repels tree roots, too. 

Will trenchless sewer repair save me money?

Most of the time, trenchless sewer repair is not only the fastest and easiest way to fix your sewer line, but it’s also the cheapest, too. While we cannot quote a price for your project until we know what is going on in your sewer line and what you need to have done, experience has shown that trenchless repairs almost always cost less than those done via traditional methods. 


Trenchless repair is cheaper simply because you don’t have to pay to have your yard dug up and you don’t have to pay to have it put back together when we’re done, either. Eliminating these costs means that all you pay for is the repair itself.

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    Apollo jetted the basement drain line in our old 1927 Portland house. The line has been backing up thru the floor drain for a while. The technician cleared out the line with the hydro-jet, and it’s running great now. On-time and professional!


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    Apollo Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning was on time, professional, and very knowledgeable. He took the time to inspect our rain drain to our dry well and do everything he could to alleviate the issue. I would highly recommend Apollo, they were informative and straight forward. Honesty is obviously a value they uphold for their customers.


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    I can’t begin to tell you how pleased we were with the service we received today from Anthony. He was incredibly personable and friendly. He went above and beyond and made the service call painless. Anthony took care of our clogged train in no time. Apollo and Anthony are the best! We highly recommend them.


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