It is never a good day when you learn that your home needs a sewer line repair or replacement. Suddenly you are picturing a considerable trench. And if the pipe runs under any paved surfaces like a sidewalk or patio, you can see that all shattered to bits as the plumbers begin to excavate down to the old sewer line. And then, there is the second wave of concern that occurs when you picture the cost of this massive project.
But in reality, there is no way that you can avoid correcting any sewer line issue. As bad as the trenching and bills might be, it is far better than raw sewage backing up into your house. Luckily, another alternative now can save you much of the mess and frustration and some cash. Trenchless sewer line repair and replacement is revolutionizing the way this work is done.
How It All Works
The first step is determining the problem with your home’s sewer line and then the location of that problem. A licensed plumber will deploy a tiny waterproof camera into the sewer line to investigate the inside of the pipe for damage or blockages. If the issue is confined to a small section of pipe, a trenchless sewer line repair will do the trick. However, if the entire pipe is old, deteriorating, or damaged, a complete trenchless sewer line replacement will be necessary.
In either case, a small access hole is dug to insert an epoxy-coated liner into the sewer line. For a repair, there is a bladder inside the liner that is expanded when the liner is in the correct location. The bladder remains inside the liner for about 24 hours to allow the epoxy to cure to the existing damaged pipe. When the bladder is deflated and removed, the repair is complete.
In the case of a complete replacement, a liner the length of the entire sewer line is fed into the old pipe. Again, a bladder is inflated to expand the liner to the inside wall of the damaged pipe. Once the epoxy cures and the bladder is removed, you have a completely new, single-piece sewer line.
The Benefits Of Trenchless Repairs And Replacements
- LESS DESTRUCTION- Of course, you are going to be thrilled to learn that your plumber does not need to dig up your entire yard to replace your sewer line or even several feet of it. In addition, this new process eliminates the need to remove patios, sidewalks, larger trees, grass, or other landscape features that are in the path of the damaged sewer line. And you are not left with a massive scar across the property that will never really match the rest of the yard. Trenches are famous for settling no matter how carefully they are backfilled and compressed. But with a trenchless repair or replacement, there are only a few small holes dug to insert and recover the inflatable bladder. So you will enjoy a repaired or replaced sewer line without all the unsightly damage it once required.
- Longevity- Older sewer lines made from conventional pipe were estimated to last between 40 and 50 years. However, the trenchless sewer line replacement lining has a minimum life of 50 years and estimates closer to 80 years for an average life expectancy.
- Time- With less digging, your sewer line will be repaired or replaced in a fraction of the time using the trenchless process. So you will save time and money.
To learn more about trenchless sewer line repair and replacement, call (301) 278-8786. A Better Plumber & Air Conditioning experts will explain how this revolutionary process can fix your damaged sewer line.