The sewer lines that carry wastewater and sewage from your home to the septic tank or city sewer system are important, but sometimes they get damaged. Traditional repair methods involve digging up the entire line, but trenchless technology is a better option.
Trenchless methods usually only require one or two access holes, which means you’ll have less work to deal with while the plumbing experts are on your property. Plus, they’ll repair your pipes to improve their functionality.
1. Minimal Digging
Many homeowners encounter sewer line problems in hard-to-reach locations. The old way of dealing with these issues would involve digging up your entire yard and garden. This can leave behind expensive landscaping that may have to be replaced or repaired. Trenchless repair methods eliminate this issue by only having to dig one or two access holes to work on your pipes.
In this method, a pipe lining is placed on the inside of your existing pipes. This liner reduces the size of your pipes, but does not affect their ability to transport waste from your home to the city sewer lines. To install this, plumbers create entry points for the new piping to enter your sewer system. This method is also less dangerous than traditional excavation.
Pipe bursting is another trenchless process that Jones Services uses to repair broken sewer lines. During this process, we create two access holes on either end of the damaged pipe. A long steel cable is then inserted into one of the access holes, and a head is pulled on the other end of the pipe. As the bursting head goes through the old pipe, it breaks apart the old piping while pulling a new polyethylene pipe in its place.
With this method, a lot of time is saved. This can make a huge difference in how disruptive the process is to your family and day-to-day life. It can reduce what could be a six to eight week process down to a one or two day process.
2. Less Damage to Your Landscaping
The biggest benefit of trenchless sewer line replacement is that it causes less damage to your landscaping and driveway. Traditional methods of excavation require large, open trenches that can ruin your yard and lawn. With trenchless sewer repair, the plumbing experts at Jones Services can fix your damaged pipe without digging up your lawn, driveway or patio. This means no huge piles of dirt, mud or mess that can take weeks to blend back into your landscaping and garden.
Using a technique called pipe relining, plumbing professionals will insert a new sewer line into your old one. The liner is soft and flexible to begin with, but it’s filled with a resin that hardens into a water-tight seal inside your pipes. The liner is fed through the damaged section of your sewer line with a state-of-the-art winch tool and inflated once it’s in place. This forms a solid pipe within your existing line, giving you a brand-new sewer line without any excavation.
If your sewer line is in a hard-to-reach location or is made of a material that isn’t compatible with pipe lining, a more invasive trenchless repair method called “pipe bursting” may be necessary. This involves pulling a head, also known as a bullet, through the old rusted pipe to break it up and replace it with new high-density polyethylene (HDPE) piping.
3. Less Time
When sewer lines are broken, you have to spend a lot of time dealing with the mess and getting your plumbing back up and running. The traditional method involves digging up the old line and replacing it with a new one. It’s expensive and takes a long time to complete. With trenchless technology, however, you’ll get the same quality repair done in a fraction of the time.
With traditional methods, technicians dig large trenches around the pipe and use heavy equipment to cut through and remove it. This isn’t just time consuming for the contractors, but it can also be difficult on your yard and landscaping. With trenchless technology, you can get your plumbing repaired without having to deal with a week of noisy construction and torn-up lawns.
Trenchless plumbing techniques, such as pipe lining and slip lining, don’t require you to have an entirely new line installed. Instead, the contractor will simply install a thin liner inside your existing pipes. This creates a smooth, durable surface that is impenetrable to root intrusion and prevents future blockages.
Both of these methods can also be used to fix a “belly” in your existing line, which is a sag or dip that causes waste to build up. These techniques will replace the damaged section of your pipe while protecting the rest of your yard from damage.
4. Less Money
The traditional method of digging up sewer lines can cost you a fortune. Not only is there the initial cost of tearing up your yard, you also have to pay for re-landscaping and repair any damage caused by the plumbing team’s heavy equipment. Trenchless methods are much less expensive because they cut out the need for excavation and landscaping work.
With pipe lining, your plumber inserts an epoxy-saturated line into the existing sewer pipes that will repair them from the inside out. The liner creates a new pipe within the old one, sealing any cracks and making sure the piping doesn’t have rust or corrosion problems. Pipe lining is a long-lasting solution that can be as effective as a full replacement.
Other trenchless techniques such as pipe bursting and slip lining are even more cost-effective. These methods are designed to save you money in the long run. They can be completed faster than full pipe replacement, saving you valuable time. The materials used in trenchless repair are also better quality than traditional pipes, meaning they will not rust or develop leaks as quickly.
Perhaps the biggest benefit of trenchless sewer line repair is that it’s environmentally friendly. An underground plumbing system is a complicated web of water, sewage and gas lines. Using the trenchless method eliminates the risk of hitting any other lines, damaging them and potentially releasing chemicals or raw sewage into the environment.