Have you heard of trenchless sewer replacement? Most people haven’t. It’s a method of replacing sewage pipes that does not involve excavation. This method has been available for residential homes for about 10 or 15 years now, but many homeowners are still unaware that they have this option. Here are five helpful things to know about trenchless sewer replacement:
1. It Can Save Your Lawn
When a contractor uses a trenchless method of sewer line repair, there is 90% less damage done to the grounds or concrete work on your property. The contractor can complete the job with no digging, or with minimal digging when only one or two small holes to access the pipe are necessary. This can save you the trouble of having to replant your lawn and your garden, or even have to replace your deck or patio, on top of the cost of the sewage repair.
2. It Might Cost More
You might have to pay more for trenchless sewer replacement, as opposed to a traditional method. However, it will probably be worth it. Seventy-three percent of respondents to an Angie’s list poll said they would pay more for a sewer pipe replacement if the replacement method could preserve their landscaping, patio, deck, and other outdoor features on their property.
3. You Can Get Replacement or Repairs
Whether you need to have your sewer pipe completely replaced, or you just need sewer line repair services, you can find a contractor who can use a trenchless method to do the job. Sewer line cleaning can also be done using this method.
4. Two Common Methods
Pipe lining and pipe bursting are two common methods of trenchless sewer replacement. The pipe lining method involves putting a flexible tube coated in resin inside the old pipe. When the resin hardens, you have a new pipe inside the old pipe. Pipe bursting is when a new pipe is pulled through a damaged one, fracturing the damaged pipe outwards as it goes through. Pipe lining usually requires digging one small hole, while pipe bursting requires digging two.
5. No Detriment To Your Plumbing
Pipe lining will reduce the diameter of the pipe by about a quarter of an inch, but this reduction in diameter will not significantly reduce the capacity of your plumbing system to remove waste from you home. Pipe lining and pipe bursting are both durable methods of replacement, and many contractors offer warranties ranging from 10 to 50 years.
If you are looking for a less invasive and less messy way to repair or replace your sewage pipes, trenchless sewer replacement might be a great option for you to consider. Although these methods are less well known, they are just as effective as traditional methods of replacement or repair.