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Is the water in your kitchen sink draining at a snail’s pace? That’s one of the telltale signs that you might have some problem in the plumbing infrastructure buried beneath your home. You can call a plumber to correct the problem either using traditional methods or using trenchless sewer line repair methods. While trenchless options have been around for a while, you may not be all that familiar with the process. Here’s a closer look at what it is and why you should care.

What is Trenchless Sewer Line Repair?

The problem with traditional sewer line repair or replacement is that it can be highly invasive. It involves using heavy machinery to dig trenches on your property. This is done to access broken, corroded, or damaged pipes. What does this mean to you in practical terms? The traditional method might involve ruining landscaping — lawns and gardens — or damaging hardscaping — driveways and walkways. It will cost a lot to reconstruct these things after the sewer line repair.

An alternative is trenchless sewer line repair. It is a non-invasive or a moderately invasive method depending on your property and where the problem pipes are located. You won’t have to worry about laying waste to your landscaping or hardscaping since the method is trenchless. Another thing to consider is that a trenchless method is as effective as a traditional sewer line method. 

What’s the Process for Trenchless Sewer Line Repair?

When you contact a professional plumbing company that is experienced in trenchless methods, they will complete the repair without laying waste to your lawn. They will use a camera to scope the drain, which will allow them to see what’s wrong with your pipes. They will then use one of two options to do a trenchless repair — pipe bursting or pipe lining. 

Two Types of Trenchless Sewer Line Repair

As was mentioned previously, two popular trenchless repair methods are pipe bursting and pipelining.

Pipe Bursting

One version of the trenchless method is pipe bursting. It involves systematically destroying the original sewer line using what is called a bursting head. Here’s how it’s done:

  • Two little access holes are drilled at both ends of the pipe so as to access the sewer line already in place
  • The bursting head is moved through the existing pipe
  •  As this occurs, the old pipe starts to disintegrate and the new pipe moves into place

Pipe Lining

Pipe lining is another way to do a trenchless repair. The steps follow:

  • First, a pipe liner is soaked in an epoxy resin
  • The pipe liner is then threaded through the pipe that needs to be repaired
  • The liner is inflated within the damaged pipe and is allowed to cure for up to a full day

Is Trenchless Sewer Line Repair as Effective as the Traditional Method?

You’ll be glad to know that a trenchless method is as effective as the traditional method. While trenchless is often more desirable, however, the traditional method might be more suitable if your pipes are not buried under any buildings, driveways, or sidewalks. if you compare the costs of the traditional method that requires digging with the cost of a trenchless method that does not require digging, you’ll see that a trenchless method is actually cheaper. The main reason is that a trenchless option will spare you from having to spend perhaps tens of thousands of dollars to repair your driveway, walkway, or lawn.

When you experience problems with your plumbing system, your best bet is to contact a professional plumber. They will be able to schedule a visit, assess the situation, find the problem, give you your options, and get your trenchless sewer line repair done fast. You can also count on the results to be long-lasting so that you don’t have to worry about it.

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