As technology continues to improve, the way in which sewer line replacement is done has been one of the areas that has benefited the most. Although it’s been around for at least 10 to 15 years in the residential setting, the vast majority of homeowners (78% in one recent Angie’s List survey) have never heard of trenchless sewer repair.
At New England Pipe Repair, we’re intimately familiar with the many benefits and advantages trenchless sewer repairs have brought to the industry, but it’s still worth mentioning for those that aren’t quite as familiar whenever the topic is brought up. A recent piece from the Las Cruces Sun-News highlights some of these benefits.
Talking about cured-in-place pipe replacement, or CIPP, one utility provider worker explained in laymen’s terms just how the process works.
“It’s like a sock,” said Las Cruces Utilities Operations Engineer Stephen Pacheco. “The material for the liner tube or ‘cast’ is suctioned into a pipe and requires about three hours to cure into a solid pipe when heated with hot water. The whole process only takes half a day at each location for these short runs — much faster, easier and far less expensive than tearing up the roadway.”
On average, sewers will last about 40 years, but with trenchless sewer repairs, you can actually extend the lifespan of piping without the hassle of complete replacement. The pipe lining from CIPP can add an extra 50 years of wear and tear to pipes, which will also help to protect the environment. The less you have to tear up the ground and risk messing with the natural environment — possibly causing contamination to nearby waterways — the better.
Aside from the environmental considerations trenchless sewer repair options can have, they can also be less expensive in the long run too. While the actual process might cost more than traditional means, depending on the job, you’re almost guaranteed to save money overall once you factor in the restoration work that will be required after all the excavation work.