Guide to Trenchless Sewer Repair

The last thing that any homeowner wants to hear is that they have a broken sewer line. That’s because most of us remember the days when a broken sewer line meant that you had to rip out your whole backyard and dig a trench so that the broken pipe could be removed and the new one installed. Things are different now. You still won’t exactly look forward to a broken sewer line, but the repair options are much better than they used to be. Now, a broken sewer pipe can be repaired through trenchless sewer repair methods, so your yard doesn’t have to get torn out.

A broken sewer pipe is something that can just happen due to age and use. After years of doing their job, those pipes can eventually degrade and crack. Tree roots can grow into the pipes and cause them to crack, or the material of the pipes can just wear down over time.

Replacing a sewer line used to be a huge ordeal. In the old days, a crew would come to your home and dig a long trench through your yard. This trench might go right through your grass, your sidewalk, your flower beds, or even your driveway. The crew would use this trench to remove the broken pipe and install a new one. The process took days, and at the end, you were left with a huge pile of dirt in your yard. Since this process was so labor-intensive, it was expensive. To add insult to injury, you were left with the task of putting your yard back together when the sewer line repair was done.

Trenchless pipe repair is a much simpler and faster process. A video camera is used to locate the problem in the pipes quickly. This allows the plumber to visualize the problem without digging any holes. As a result, the location of the problem can be closely pinpointed. In order to remove a broken sewer line, the plumber needs to dig just one or two access points.

Two Types of Trenchless Sewer Repair

There are two ways that trenchless pipe repair can be performed. These two methods are pipe bursting and pipe relining. The pipe bursting method requires the digging of two access holes, one on each side of the sewer line. A new sewer pipe is pulled through the old, damaged sewer pipe, and the old pipe is fractured, or burst. Pipe bursting can be performed even if the lateral sewer line has collapsed, providing that there is sufficient space to pull a cable through it.

In the pipe lining, method, a pipe liner, or cured in place pipe, is installed inside the old, damaged pipe. This way, the old pipe doesn’t have to be removed. The plumber will need to create one access hole in order to insert the pipe liner. The pipe liner is made of a flexible, resin tube. This tube is inserted into the old pipe. Once in place, the tube is inflated. The resin must cure for a few hours, and then you have a solid, new pipe. This method does reduce the diameter of the pipe by about a quarter of an inch, but it does not prevent the pipe from being able to function properly. If the sewer line has collapsed, though, pipe lining may not be an option.

Benefits of Trenchless Sewer Repair

Pipe bursting and pipe lining are both better options than traditional sewer line replacement methods. Here are some of the benefits of trenchless sewer repair.

  1. 1. Trenchless sewer repair creates less mess than traditional sewer repair. Your sewer lines go right through your yard – the same place where you have grass, flower beds, landscaping décor, sidewalks, and a driveway. It’s safe to say that you don’t want to have to tear all of that up, and you also don’t want to have to pay to put it back in after your sewer repair is complete. With trenchless sewer repair, you’ll only have to have one or two small holes dug, not a long trench.
  2. 2. Trenchless sewer repair can be completed more quickly than traditional sewer repair. Old sewer repair methods took a long time, because the crew had to dig up the yard, remove the old pipe, insert a new pipe, and replace all of the dirt in the trench. Trenchless sewer repair can often be completed in just a few days.
  3. 3. Trenchless sewer repair is much less expensive than traditional sewer repair. You pay less for labor because the crew doesn’t have to dig a trench. Your yard isn’t destroyed, so you don’t have the expense of repairing your landscaping. It’s a much more efficient and inexpensive system.
  4. 4. Trenchless sewer repair provides quality materials and results. The new pipes won’t rust, and they’re engineered using new technologies so that you don’t have this problem again.
  5. 5. Trenchless sewer makes your sewer work better. The new materials increase the flow capacity and dimension of the pipes.
  6. 6. Trenchless pipe replacement is better for the environment than traditional sewer repair methods.
    1. A. It uses fewer resources; there is no need for a lot of heavy equipment to dig up your yard. Without that equipment, you aren’t burning up fossil fuels. You don’t need to consume additional resources to repair your yard, either.
    2. B. Trenchless pipe replacement doesn’t negatively impact the ecosystem of your yard. Traditional methods displace animal and plant life. When the trench is dug, the plants, animals, and insects who used to live there are pushed out of their environment. This can have a damaging effect on the ecosystem as a whole.
    3. C. A trenchless pipe replacement method allows you to make use of the existing pipe pathway on your property. This way, you can protect the ecosystem and plant and animal life.
    4. D. Trenchless pipe replacement has a minimal impact on the subsoil of your yard. Only the actual space where the pipe will be laid will be affected. This means that the impact on the watershed area around your home is minimal.

Trenchless pipe repair methods offer many advantages over traditional pipe replacement methods. New methods cost less, do less damage to your yard, and are kinder to the environment.

If you are having problems with your sewer line, think about how trenchless sewer line repair methods can benefit you. For more information about trenchless pipe replacement, call the plumbing experts at Scott English Plumbing. We have been providing high-quality, fast, local plumbing service to residents of Orange County for years. Get in touch with Scott English Plumbing for plumbing service, including trenchless pipe replacement, today.