Understanding Trenchless Sewer Repair

by Sudarsan Chakraborty

When your home’s sewer line becomes damaged, the repairs can be costly in terms of both money and time. You must spend money on both repairing the sewer line itself and the excavations done in your yard to repair the pipes. Such digging can also damage your lawn’s landscape, costing you even more money to get back your lawn’s picturesque view. Fortunately, there now exist methods of trenchless sewer repair involving advanced epoxy materials that get the job done without the need for tedious excavations in your yard. You may also seek the help of experts like The Plumber Guys Inc.

It is of no question that damages in your home’s sewer line can cause quite the hassle. Your appliances’ water lines may overflow, and your sinks can be clogged. Therefore, sewer repairs must be addressed immediately for your water systems to be restored back to their usual form.

The first sewer repair technique that does not involve extensive excavation is known as pipe-pulling. Here, a new pipe is placed on the old broken pipe’s location. Meanwhile, the old one is broken up. This is done by digging two holes where the new pipe is pulled through a hydraulic system that pulls it underground. A large cone is attached to one end of the new pipe which breaks down the old pipe while occupying its space. The cone head is then removed through another hole, and the new pipe can now be installed on your sewer system.

In the pipe-pulling method, your yard might need some restoration on the holes dug for the procedure. However, it will not require landscaping anymore since you only need to dig holes instead of a trench which will require extensive fixing on your lawn. This means that a homeowner can save as much as 50% on total costs if they opt for this method of sewer repair instead of the traditional one.

While the first method needs two dug holes to complete, the Cured-in-Place Pipe (CIPP) only needs one. This method makes use of a strong epoxy to line the damaged pipe’s interior with the new one. The liner is a flexible tube with a resin coating that is pulled into the damaged pipe’s interior. An air-filled filler holds the new lining in place until such time that the epoxy sets in about three hours. After the new pipe is placed, a camera attached to a robot is made to go through inside the pipe to examine the interior to check for the new pipe’s quality of placement. Once deemed satisfactory, the damage has now been repaired through the CIPP method which takes only a single hole in your lawn to perform. The repaired pipe can last at least 50 years since it has no seams and joints that roots usually intrude through and cause damage to the pipe.

The CIPP method of sewer repair will only require one hole in the ground to perform. This means that you will only need minimal costs to fix your lawn’s landscape after sewer repairs. Thus, you can save plenty of cash on landscaping in contrast to the traditional method of sewer repair. 

The next time your home’s sewer system becomes damaged, consider the two trenchless repair methods listed above. The two alternatives to traditional sewer repair can both solve the problem and save your lawn’s expensive landscape.

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