Sewer lines are mainly out of sight and out of mind until they start to fail. When that happens, it can cause severe damage and disruption.
Thankfully, the U-shaped drains under sinks and toilets trap enough water to keep sewer fumes out of dwellings. But those fumes can still infiltrate buildings through other cracks, doors, and air intakes.
Trenchless technology is a tool plumbing professionals use to repair sewer pipes without destroying the property. This type of repair is typically faster and less expensive than traditional methods. It also saves you the cost of repairing or replacing your landscaping, sidewalks, driveway, and other parts of your home or business that get torn up when plumbers dig long trenches for conventional sewer pipe repair.
Traditionally, digging from your home to the main line where your sewer connects can be a huge undertaking that takes days or weeks and causes significant disruption to your home and neighborhood. However, with a new technology called trenchless technology, experienced plumbing contractors can take care of the job in a fraction of the time without digging a single trench.
With trenchless technology, your plumbing contractor can perform repairs from minor access points like your existing plumbing cleanouts or through the street’s surface. This allows for faster, more effective repair and meets plumbing industry standards.
Some of the most popular trenchless technologies for repairing sewer pipes are slip lining and cured-in-place pipe lining. These techniques work to repair or replace your sewer pipes by inserting an epoxy-soaked pipe in the damaged area of your existing pipe. These types of pipes are highly durable and last for decades, which can help reduce costly maintenance costs in the future.
Pipelining is a popular trenchless technology that allows us to rehabilitate your sewer pipes without digging up your yard or sidewalk. Our experts can apply a new pipe liner to the walls of your existing pipes that will last decades. Pipe lining can fix problems like broken pipes, root infiltration, low water pressure, and sewage backups.
To perform the lining, we will first clean your entire system to ensure we can adequately adhere the liner to your pipes. Once your pipes are clean, we saturate a felt liner with two-part epoxy and score the outside of the liner to create small creases that will help it adhere to the pipe wall. We then pull the liner through your pipes and apply heat to cure it in place. The result is a new liner inside your old pipes that will close any cracks and prevent future damage.
Also known as cured-in-place pipe (CIPP), this process is highly effective at fixing leaking, cracked, or damaged pipes that need to be upsized. This trenchless method is also excellent for repairing lateral connections, sewer cleanouts, and mainline repairs. To perform CIPP, insert a long piece of resin-impregnated fabric into your pipe, then heat it with steam or blue light LED technology. This allows the liner to expand and fit tightly into your old pipe, creating a brand-new pipe within your existing pipe.
A crucial part of your home’s plumbing system, the sewer line, becomes damaged and requires repair over time. Unlike conventional digging, trenchless technology such as pipe bursting offers the opportunity to replace the pipes without the mess and expense of tearing up your yard.
To do this, a licensed plumber creates two small holes at either end of the old pipe that will be replaced. A cable is fed through the hole and attached to a pneumatic or static bursting head that pushes or pulls on a new, larger pipe behind it. This causes the old pipe to break apart while shifting and filling the space it once occupied with new, smooth, heat-fused HDPE (high-density polyethylene) pipe.
Typically, the new pipe will be larger than the current one to accommodate more waste or increase water flow and pressure. The benefits of this process include:
It is the most environmentally friendly solution for replacing underground pipes, eliminating any potentially toxic toxins that may leak from old pipes into your yard. It’s also much faster than traditional digging, reducing your time living with a broken sewer system. And it’s a very durable solution, lasting for decades to keep your plumbing running smoothly and efficiently. This is why municipalities use it for public sewer replacements, too.
As most property owners can attest, a damaged sewer line can cause slow drains, clogs, and odors that are a real pain. However, the good news is that if you catch it early, a trenchless repair can often save you money and trouble.
The two most common methods for sewer pipe repair are patching and lining. Both are trenchless, but they have different advantages depending on the type of damage that needs to be addressed.
For example, if your pipes have large cracks or gaps, the trenchless slip-lining method can reliably fill these in. This involves inserting an inflatable tube covered in tough epoxy resin into your sewer pipe and then inflating it. The epoxy seals the damaged area and then cures with steam or air pressure. This results in a new pipe within your existing one, which can resist corrosion and provide a more robust inside surface.
Alternatively, a complete replacement may be the answer if your pipes are significantly damaged or corrupted beyond repair. The traditional method of digging a trench to locate and replace the line is an invasive process that requires the removal of sidewalks, driveways, patios, lawns, gardens, and other hardscapes. Trenchless technologies like CIPP lining or pipe bursting can minimize the damage to your property and get you back to normal faster.