• Removal of a Section of Clogged Pipe- Micon Packaging Inc.

    This client has us come in on a regular basis to use a hydro jet to remove wax and starch from their production line. They produce water-proof boxes and on this particular visit they had experienced a wax over-pour on their line, which completely clogged a six inch pipe. This pipe was located outside the plant at a depth of six feet. After a few hours of using our hydro jet with little progress in unclogging the pipe, we used a camera to locate the precise location of the blockage. We then excavated the pipe and removed the portion that was completely blocked by the spilled paraffin wax and replace it with a new length of pipe. While this incident occurred on a large industrial scale, it is ... Read More

  • Commercial Water Softener Installation at Brookdale Assisted Living Facility

    We installed a commercial water softener system that was large enough to serve the entire assisted living facility building. The resin material in the water softener removes minerals and gives the water a “soft” feel. The only challenge we faced with this project was delivery delays of the system to the site.... Read More

  • Water Heater Replacementsat Tarpon Springs Hampton Inn

    Over the course of a year, we replaced four 100 gallon natural gas water heaters at the Tarpon Springs Hampton Inn. These heaters, which supply hot water for the entire building, had begun to leak. These leaks occurred one heater at a time so we replaced them on an individual basis as needed. The project required that we remove all of the existing piping from in front of the heaters, remove the old heaters then install new pipes and natural gas lines, as well as the new units. The biggest challenge we faced was disassembling each of the 500 pound existing heaters in the tight space and we had to use an electric stair climbing dolly to transport them out of the building for disposal.... Read More

  • Lift Station Installationat Seminole Lanes Bowling Alley

    This client had a gravity sewer and we installed an 8 foot deep, 48 inch wide lift station, also known as a wet well. This two-day project resulted in a successful installation of the lift station, which allows the waste to be pumped uphill to the city or county sewer system.... Read More

  • Dog Fountain

    The Drain Team has completed numerous projects for Pinellas County and we were contacted again to install new drinking fountains at the Pinellas Animal Shelter. The goal was to replace water bowls for the dogs with a dog drinking fountain, as well as provide one for the volunteers who walk the dogs. The dog fountain has a foot pedal that can be used to fill the basin with clean, fresh water for dogs to drink from. The project required that we install a water line to the location where the fountains would be installed. Following the manufacturer’s instructions, we set the line in place and also installed a drain. Once they were in place, we prepared the site for pouring the concrete slab, ... Read More

  • Hand Digging Around Utility Lines

    There was a small leak on a water service line leading to a building at a condominium complex. Once we identified the problem, we called to request an underground utility locate. Under the law, we need to request this and then mark the locations of all nearby underground services to protect workers from accidentally coming into contact with major power lines and gas lines, as well as to avoid cutting cable lines that provide phone and internet connectivity to residents in the complex. Once the underground utilities were marked, we needed to complete the work by hand because we can’t machine dig within two feet of these lines. In this situation, we contacted the power company and requested... Read More

  • Extra Storm Drainage Installation

    We were contracted to install storm drainage at a condominium complex. While preexisting storm drainage was on the property, they needed an additional storm drain to address standing water in one area. To start the project, we removed the existing asphalt pavement. To our surprise, we found that they had poured concrete underneath the asphalt due to prior compaction problems. We used the jackhammer attachment to our bobcat to break up the concrete, which was removed from the trench and taken to the landfill. We installed the new drain, added backfill and compacted the soil. Next we covered the area with new road base prior to paving. Repaving work had already been scheduled for the condomin... Read More

  • Calient Bathroom

    For this project we worked under a general contractor for the remodel of a men's locker room. Both the client and the contractor wanted to assure that there would be no drainage issues after the renovations were completed. This was a good decision because we've worked with clients who have rented a space and remodeled it only to find out later that there were plumbing problems. As a result, much of the remodeling work had to be redone after the plumbing issues were addressed. Here, the client was proactive, wanting to assure that there would be no draining or other plumbing problems later. To start the project we first conducted a video inspection of the pipes beneath the flooring to identi... Read More

  • Residential Kitchen Line

    We were called to a home in Clearwater, Florida to address a problem with a clogged kitchen drain. Our technician went into the crawlspace beneath the home and found that the drain had a “belly” in it, meaning that the drain had sagged due to lack of proper support. This problem occurred because the drain wasn’t installed properly. Water collected in the sag andwhen grease was poured into the drain, it reached this water and cooled, coating the pipe. Over time, this grease buildup completely clogged drain. To address this problem, we cut the drain out and replaced it, along with about 20 feet of pipe. We used a level to make sure that the drain had the proper slope to drain, and we ad... Read More

  • Residential Shower

    At the Drain Team we address residential plumbing needs during new construction, remodels or failures. For this project, the homeowners experienced water damage from a faulty shower pan liner from a second floor bathroom. The water leaked through the failing liner and down to the floor below. A shower pan liner is the layer beneath the mortar bed and tile, and waterproofs the shower. We came in and removed only the tile rows necessary to complete the repair. Next we removed the old shower pan liner, and drain, and replaced these items with new materials. We then prepared the site for the required inspection and our work passed. Finally, removed our tools and left a clean site for the tile c... Read More