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  • Trenchless Sewer Repair

    What can you expect from trenchless sewer repair?

    Trenchless sewer repair is not just one method, but rather a set of methods of installing new sewer lines without the need to disrupt the ground above them. Traditional methods for replacement of sewer lines involve digging up the ground above them, taking out the old line, and putting in new line. Though this is an effective method, it can also be damaging to the surrounding area — and may not always be feasible if there have been structures built over time.

    What Is Trenchless Sewer Repair?

    With trenchless sewer repair, a technician replaces your sewer lines without digging up the surrounding area. Instead, the professional uses a method that replaces the sewer line without pulling it up and out of the ground.

    Trenchless sewer repair costs about the same as traditional trenched sewer repair when you calculate all of the costs. Although the trenchless repair itself often costs more, you won’t need to pay for additional expenses such as restoring the area around the trenches. Costs will vary depending on the difficulty of the repair itself, the size of the sewer line, and other factors.

    What Are the Different Types of Trenchless Sewer Repair?

    There are two primary types of trenchless sewer repair:

    • #1: Pipe-lining
      In pipe-lining, a sewer technician will feed a new plastic liner into the existing sewer pipe. The technician then inflates the sewer liner to create a new pipe within the old pipe. This pipe liner will harden and become a new pipe structure, with the same structural integrity and leak protection as any other type of pipe. Pipe-lining is fast, easy, and effective. At the same time, it does have an issue: it reduces the diameter of the pipe. This also means that a homeowner shouldn’t attempt pipe-lining multiple times, as eventually this reduces the diameter of the pipe enough to experience flow issues.
    • #2: Pipe-bursting
      In pipe-bursting, a special tool cuts along the inside of an old pipe, destroying it. The technician then threads the new pipe through old pipe, which means he or she doesn’t have to dig up anything. Pipe-bursting is a little more involved than pipe-lining. Pipe-bursting replaces the old pipe with a completely new pipe and plumbers often prefer it to pipe-lining because there is no loss of pipe diameter. A loss of pipe diameter makes the pipe easier to block and could lead to recurring issues.
    Why Would You Use Trenchless Sewer Repair?

    Trenchless sewer repair is just as effective as traditional trenching, but it doesn’t require that you tear up the area around your sewer line. When trenched sewer repair occurs, it often causes a significant disruption not only around your home but also around the neighborhood. You may even need to get permits (or wait for those permits) before you can address your sewer issues. A trenchless sewer repair does not require that you shut down your street, tear up sidewalks, or cause damage to your own landscaping.

    How Long Does Trenchless Sewer Repair Take?

    Trenchless sewer repair should not take significantly longer than ordinary trenched sewer repair; in fact, it may be faster. A professional plumber can typically complete the process of trenchless sewer repair in a day, depending on how complex the task is. Once the plumber finishes the job, trenchless sewer repair will often last for anywhere from 50 to 100 years.

    Trenchless sewer repair is an effective way to replace your existing sewer lines without any damage to your landscaping or the surrounding area. For more information about the advantages of trenchless sewer repair or to schedule an appointment for repair, contact the sewer repair experts at Morningside Plumbing now.

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