In the past, a damaged sewer line
could create a massive headache for any homeowner. If your sewer line is cracked or broken, you could be faced with a collapsed driveway, soggy lawn or smelly sinkhole opening up right in your yard. This means that it is important to address a damaged sewer line as quickly as possible. In the past, a sewer line repair meant a need for digging up the pipe and replacing it. This process was not only costly, but also very intrusive. You could expect to have your yard ripped up and days of disruption around your property. Fortunately, trenchless pipe repair techniques have been developed and are now in common use.
The Trenchless Pipe Repair Basics
In the past, repairing a broken sewer line meant exposing the entire pipe and fitting a new pipe to replace the damaged section. As the name suggests, a trenchless repair means that there is no need to dig a trench. Video inspection equipment can be used to locate the source of the break or damage, so the problem can be quickly pinpointed.
The entire repair process can then be accomplished by digging two smaller holes. The damaged section can be replaced as a new pipe is threaded into place using the holes.
The Benefits of Trenchless Repair Techniques
The most obvious benefit of using trenchless repair techniques is that there is far less intrusion. The technology allows the pipe to be replaced or repaired without a need to dig up your driveway and yard. This means that there is no need to damage your existing landscaping or worry about needing to replant all the plants in your yard.
Since there are less intrusive methods used, there is less impact on your existing infrastructure and the entire process is less time consuming. Traditional repiping could take days or even weeks to complete, but trenchless repairs can typically be completed within a day.
Trenchless techniques also represent significant cost savings. Since the process is quicker, it requires less labor, fewer technicians and fewer hours. It also eliminates the need to pay for expensive equipment hire, so you can cut down on costs.
Finally, trenchless repair can also provide protection against any future problems. The old line can be replaced with a more durable and sturdier pipe, so there is less chance of a break or crack in the future.
In the past, a sewer line break or crack was a major problem for any homeowner. You could expect to have to put up with days or even weeks of disruption around your property. Not only would your yard have needed to be excavated, but you may not have been able to use your driveway while the repair was being completed. Fortunately, the development of trenchless sewer line repair techniques can not only reduce the mess, time and labor involved, but also reduce the overall costs. So, if you suspect your sewer line may have developed a crack or break, there is no need to delay getting it checked.
By Giovanni Longo President Flood Brothers Plumbing
Giovanni Longo is a 3rd generation master plumber who has been practicing his craft and trade in the greater Los Angeles area for well over a decade and a half. A plumbing and hydraulics-engineering innovator, Giovanni’s particular world-class expertise focuses on dealing with challenging sewer system designs as well as resolving complex commercial and residential draining issues. As a certified Flood Mitigation expert, he is also well versed in a wide variety of water damage and remediation solution.