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Go Trenchless: Trenchless Pipe Replacement

Do you need to replace your sewer pipes? If so, consider going with a relatively new but highly effective method that requires little-to-no invasive damage: trenchless pipe repair. What is trenchless pipe repair? The method (which is also called trenchless pipe lining, trenchless sewer repair, etc.) uses a technique that avoids removing the damaged pipes directly. Instead, state-of-the-art resin pipes, or cured in place pipes (CIPP), use the existing pipes to burrow themselves in the sewer lines and eventually take over for the old pipes.

How does it work? The trenchless method involves using CIPP liners to replace the old pipes; a machine that pumps a mix of water and steam draws them in. The pipes are made of a seamless, jointless, and highly durable resin material that hardens once the lining is set in place. The hardening takes about a few days to complete. Once it’s completed, the lining is hard enough to act as the main sewer pipes.

The method is very convenient in that it is relatively quick (the traditional method can take up to two weeks to complete) as well as considerably less destructive. Homeowners no longer have to fear ruining their decks, patios, or gardens when replacing their pipes as long as trenchless pipe replacement is available.

Curiously, despite being available for residential homes for 10 to 15 years, the trenchless method is fairly unknown to homeowners. A recent Angie’s List poll found that 78% of homeowners have never heard of the trenchless method. Moreover, the same poll found that about 25% of homeowners have replaced their sewer pipes recently and that an additional 3% are about to do so. In general, sewer pipes that are older than 40 years are prime candidates for replacing — or at least inspecting. For more information on the trenchless method, feel free to leave a comment or question at the bottom.

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