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The Basics of Storm Drain Cleaning With Trenchless Repair Methods

Trenchless pipe repair services have become popular within the past 10-15 years, especially among homeowners. Although this type of pipe repair service might cost more than a traditional pipe repair job, it saves money in the long run, because it minimizes the damage to your yard, driveway, patio, and other outdoor features. Considering that nearly three in four homeowners say they’re willing to pay more for a pipe repair service if it means they can keep their landscape intact, it’s not surprising that this type of pipeline repair has become a dominating sector of the industry.

Even though it’s most often associated with trenchless sewer repairs, the same techniques can be used for storm drains, too. Let’s go over the basics:

First off, it’s important to recognize that storm drains need to be cleaned out regularly just like the rest of your plumbing system. If storm drains are backed up, this can cause a lot of water damage to the rest of your yard, and it might even affect other parts of your plumbing and sewer system.

Many plumbing repair services will insist that the entire ground be dug up to clean out and repair a storm drain. With conventional repair methods, it is necessary to do this. The good thing about trenchless sewer repair and pipe rehabilitation techniques is that the majority of the landscape is kept intact. Only a couple small access points are needed in order to make repairs to a sewer line and each access point is only two or three feet in diameter. Storm drains can be cleaned out in a similar way, causing very little damage to the yard.

Many of these repairs can even be completed within a day, which is a huge benefit to homeowners. There’s nothing worse than not being able to access running water for multiple days in a row. And if you need to have a storm drain cleaned out, you definitely don’t want to look at a huge trench in your front yard for months after it’s been fixed.

Storm drains are essential for the overall protection and aesthetic of your yard, and it’s just a necessary evil that they have to be cleaned out sometimes. You might even find that these drains need to be repaired. Tree roots are a common cause of cracks in pipelines, because tree roots are surprisingly strong. A tree’s roots might only extend down into the ground by no more than 36 inches, but these roots can grow horizontally — possibly as much as three times the diameter of the tree’s above-ground canopy! This can really cause problems for storm drains and sewer lines.

Trenchless sewer repair methods definitely aren’t just for sewer pipelines anymore — and that’s good news for homeowners everywhere.

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