What is Trenchless Pipe Repair?

A newly repaired sewer.

Water and sewer lines are susceptible to problems as a simple result of time. An unsuspecting homeowner can be stuck with cracked pipes, broken pipes, or corroded pipes. In some cases, the current pipes just aren’t large enough to accommodate the needs of your family and household. They may need to be replaced with larger, newer pipes.

The prospect of having work done on your water pipes or sewer pipes is dreaded by many homeowners. Typically, when a homeowner hears sewer pipe repair, they envision heavy equipment tearing up their beautifully landscaped yard, destroying their sidewalks, flower beds, and driveway. After days of construction, the crew leaves behind a huge, muddy mess. 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.

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.

So…What is Trenchless Pipe Repair?

Trenchless pipe repair is a much more desirable alternative to traditional sewer pipe repair. It uses no-dig technology to fix sewer pipes or water lines without tearing up your yard. Plus, using this sewer repair technology only requires your pipes to have 20% integrity to make trenchless repair possible, which means it can be done on older pipes. There are several different techniques that can be used to fix your pipes without damaging your landscaping. We can get the job done without leaving your home looking like a major construction zone.

How is the problem found without digging?

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.

Why Choose Trenchless Pipe Repair?

Let’s face it; sewer problems stink. Trenchless pipe repair makes dealing with sewer problems a lot less awful. Traditional sewer pipe repairs usually takes days and days. The crew has to dig up your yard and find the problem before they can even begin to get to work on fixing it. Trenchless pipe repair is much faster. They use a video camera to locate the problem in the pipes quickly, without digging any holes. This way, the problem can be isolated to the exact location with minimal fuss. Only one or two access points need to be dug to get to work on the problem, so trenchless repair is much less intrusive than traditional repair methods that tear up your whole yard. The repairs save you time, money, and headaches, and (if you’re asking, “how long do trenchless sewer repairs last?) they last for decades.

Benefits of Trenchless Sewer Repair

  • Trenchless sewer repair creates less mess than traditional sewer repair. With trenchless sewer repair, you’ll only have to have one or two small holes dug, not a long trench.
  • Trenchless sewer repair can be completed more quickly than traditional sewer repair – it can usually be completed in just a few days.
  • 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.
  • Trenchless sewer makes your sewer work better. The new materials increase the flow capacity and dimension of the pipes.
  • Trenchless pipe replacement uses fewer resources, doesn’t affect your propety’s ecosystem(s), and has minimal effect on your yard’s subsoil, making it a more environmentally friendly sewer repair option.
  • Trenchless sewer repair can provide impressive savings, considering you won’t need landscapers to fix the mess, the job will get done faster, and we need less equipment to do it!

Types of Trenchless Pipe Repair

There are two main types of trenchless pipe repair. They are pipe bursting and pipe relining. With the pipe bursting method, two access holes must be dug on either side of the lateral sewer line. Pipe bursting involves pulling a new sewer pipe through the old, damaged sewer pipe while fracturing it outward. Pipe bursting can still be done if the lateral sewer line has collapsed, as long as there is room to pull a cable through it.

Pipe lining involves installing a pipe liner, also known as a cured in place pipe. The pipe liner is actually installed inside the damaged pipe so that the old pipe doesn’t have to be removed. One access hole must be dug to insert the pipe liner. The pipe liner is made of a flexible tube of resin. It is pulled into the old pipe and then inflated. The resin cures within a few hours, so that you have a new pipe within the old, damaged pipe. This process will reduce the diameter of the pipe by about a quarter of an inch. This will not affect the ability of the pipe to effectively remove waste from the home.

Pipe lining is not always a viable option if the lateral sewer line has joints or is collapsed.

How Much Does Trenchless Sewer Repair Cost?

There are various factors that go into the computation of the cost of trenchless sewer repair. It is however safe to say that is it considerably cheaper compared to conventional pipe replacement methods. In general, the number of plumbing fixtures, design, layout, and type of piping materials to deal with will all be considered in determining the price of the trenchless sewer repair.

If you are having problems with your sewer line, contact Scott English Plumbing. We offer video pipe inspection and trenchless sewer repair options, so call us for more information today.