Most homeowners that have sewer systems know that sooner or later, they will have to shell out some money in order to have maintenance done on those systems. However, there are a lot of individuals that aren’t really prepared for hearing the news that their entire sewer system is in need of a total replacement.
This was the case when a Parma sewer inspection ended up leading to trenchless pipe lining.
There are actually a lot of reasons why an old sewer line might need to be replaced. In some cases, it has become blocked or even collapsed. Either way, it is no longer possible for the sewer line to do the job that it was designed to do. Sometimes this happens because the system is simply too old to maintain its structural integrity. At other times, it happens as a direct result of the ground shifting and causing a collapse or from improper maintenance. Some of these systems are largely neglected for the duration of time that families live inside the home and then when the home is sold, the sewer system stands as is for however long it takes to complete the sale. Sometimes, it is simply not possible to assume that the system is in good shape. This is what happens to a lot of prospective home buyers when they have an inspection done, only to find that the entire system is basically unusable and must be subsequently replaced.
Fortunately, this is where things like trenchless pipe lining come in. In some cases, the old pipe needs to be removed or destroyed so new pipe can be put in. This is often referred to as pipe bursting. In this particular procedure, the original sewer line is located and two holes that are approximately 4 feet in diameter are dug, one at either end of the line. From that point forward, the old pipe is destroyed by hydraulically pulling a cone-shaped head through the pipe with a steel cable. It is pulled from one end to the other and it breaks up and destroys the old pipe. At the same time, seamless HDPE pipe is put in its place. This pipe is far superior to the old sewer line and in most cases, it will easily last for at least as long as the home remains standing, if not longer.
In other cases, it is possible to utilize a procedure called Cured-In-Place Pipe, commonly referred to as CIPP. In this procedure, a bladder is placed inside the old pipe. The bladder is covered in resin and epoxy and once it is inside the old pipe, it is inflated. This effectively bonds the resin and epoxy mixture to the inside of the old pipe and creates a brand new pipe inside of it. Once that has been accomplished, the bladder is then deflated and pulled back out. This works exceptionally well for anyone who has an old pipe that is no longer structurally stable, but is not yet to the point where it needs to be completely destroyed and replaced.
Obviously, there are times when a sewer inspection will indeed reveal the need for trenchless pipe lining. In fact, this is not an occurrence that is really all that rare. There are a number of instances where an inspection will reveal significant issues that must be dealt with before someone can purchase the home. These methods are the most effective options, both from a quality standpoint and from a time-sensitive one as well.