The Benefits of Repairing Pipes without Digging a Trench
All plumbing needs to be repaired at some point. Repairing plumbing can be a time intensive and expensive process. Much of the expense in plumbing repairs, especially when one is talking about sewer pipe replacement, can be digging the trenches needed to house the piping. Digging trenches will destroy a person’s yard, mess up their landscaping, and may require driveways and other structures to be destroyed. All of this adds to the expense.
It is not uncommon for traditional trenching to require a person to tear up the street area in front of their home. This means that in some cases traffic will need to be diverted and any city-owned property will need to be repaired. This means that homeowners will find themselves paying tens of thousands of dollars to repair their sewer lines.
Trenchless pipe repair is a method that has been around for a number of years. Unfortunately, not many homeowners are familiar with this time-saving and money-saving option. This minimally invasive technique allows homeowners to fix sewer lines, replace sewer lines, fix pipelining, and fix damaged pipes without digging trenches.
The process involves using a pipe liner. A pipe liner is a tube that’s coated in resin and is flexible. This tube is either blown into or pulled into the damaged pipe and then is inflated. After it is inflated, the resin hardens. The pipe does not have joints, and it resists corrosion.
Some have expressed concern that using a pipe liner will minimize the diameter of the pipe it is repairing. And this is true. The diameter of the pipe being repaired is reduced by approximately one quarter of an inch. However, this relatively minimal reduction will do little to nothing to minimize the capacity of the pipe to remove waste from the home.
Instead of digging a trench, this technique allows the work to be done via a series of access holes. While trenchless options may cost up to 50 percent more than conventional options, in the long run they come out being less expensive because the homeowner does not need to pay to repair landscaping, driveways, and city streets.