Trenchless pipe lining is still a relatively new option for residential sewer line repair. In fact, it’s only been on the market about 10 to 15 years for the everyday consumer. Although many people are still unaware of its availability, this newcomer is helping more and more homeowners in need of pipe repair.
As proponents of trenchless technology, we can’t boast enough about its benefits and advantages. That being said, there are some facts you need to know about trenchless pipe repair methods aside from outright praise. You need to know why it’s so great. Here are the top three facts that every homeowner must know about trenchless technology.
There is minimal to no digging involved
Since your pipes lay underground, the traditional way to replace old or broken pipes is to dig up the area to reach them. Trenchless pipe repair only needs to break ground at a small access point. From there, pipe repair experts work inside the pipes, exclusively underground. All the work is done without digging a “trench” in the ground, which is how the method got its name.
The method utilizes seamless replacement pipes
Although trenchless repair methods vary based on severity of the damage and the project at hand, the standard procedure happens in three steps. First, the pipes are inspected using a video camera to assess and locate the damage. Next, the old pipes are cleared out to make way for the relining. Then, the epoxy resin liner, or CIPP liner, is cured in place for a seamless seal inside the old pipe. The new liner is resistant to abrasive materials in water, such as bits of rust or other contaminants. These are harmful to metal pipes: anything with a pH of 6.8 or less will eat through copper. The resin used in trenchless methods can withstand acidic water, unlike traditional copper piping.
It saves money in the long run
Although trenchless pipe repair options can cost about 30% more than conventional digging, it is still more cost-effective overall. If you are forced to dig up your lawn, you’re going to incur the costs of restorative work to rehabilitate your landscape. In addition, you save money on labor since there isn’t a crew of workers digging and resetting the earth around the pipes. Factor in the longevity of a newly lined pipe and you’ll save even more in future repair costs.
Trenchless pipe repair is a new method that’s worth learning about. Equipped with the need-to-know facts of this amazing technology, you can decide if it’s right for you. Give us a call and we’ll be happy to answer any additional questions you may have.