When you’re having a sewer problem, it may feel as if you don’t have too many options available to you. In reality, a new choice has opened up over the past 15 years — that of trenchless repair methods. Sewer repairs don’t have to be the worst experience ever. Here are a few things you should know about opting for trenchless sewer repair.
1. It’s a “No Dig” Technology
When they think about sewer repairs, most people picture what happened to their neighbors: entire portions of their lawn torn up to get at the pipes underneath. Entire landscaping plans that have to be redone afterward. Trenchless repairs, though, require no digging — no bushes pulled up nor any giant holes in the ground. Although trenchless technology has been around for about 15 years, many consumers are still unaware that it is an option. An incredible 78% of Angie’s List respondents have never heard of it. If nothing else, this undermines the need to research all your potential options.
2. How it Works
Before performing plumbing repair, a repair company will perform a video inspection of your pipes. All that’s required is a small hole for insertion. The video inspection will make clear what the issue is, whether it’s degraded pipes or tree roots. There are a variety of methodologies available, including sliplining, directional drilling, and microtunneling. In many cases, CIPP (cured in place pipe) technology is used for residential homes. CIPP fractures the old pipe from the inside and replaces it with a new pipe.
3. Cost Effective in the Long Run
It’s worth noting that in many cases, trenchless repair can cost 30% to 50% more than traditional methods of repair. However, in most cases you’ll make this money back because of what you’ll save on landscaping, which can quickly add up to thousands of dollars in restorative work.
Trenchless technology may not be the right choice for every home; if your landscaping is fairly minimal, then there might not be much to damage. For homeowners concerned about machines tearing up their lawn, however, trenchless technology is often the way to go.