Did you come home from work one day to a flood in your basement from a broken pipe? When you hear the news that you need to repair or even replace your pipe, you can probably already see the dollar signs adding up, the stress of digging up your yard, and the headache of breaking through hardscape and the road by your house in order to take out the broken pipe and put in a new one. Luckily, over the past few years, a new method for dealing with broken pipes has come out: trenchless sewer replacement.
What Is Trenchless Sewer Replacement?
In the trenches of dealing with a flood, you don’t want to have to dig actual, expensive trenches on your property. With trenchless sewer replacement and repair, you don’t have to dig up your yard in order to replace or repair a damaged pipe. Instead, minimal or even no digging is required, saving you time, money, and stress on obtaining permits, rerouting traffic, and putting your landscaping back together again.
There are two main ways to repair or replace a sewer pipe without having to dig trenches through your property: pipe lining and pipe bursting.
The Benefits of Cured-In-Place Pipe Lining
When your pipe is damaged, the most effective trenchless way to repair it is by blowing a resin-coated flexible tube through the broken pipe. This tube is known as a cured-in-place pipe liner or a CIPP liner. When the CIPP liner hardens, it creates an essentially new pipe within the old one that is completely seamless, making it less prone to blockages. CIPP lining requires only one point of access into the damaged pipe and the process is usually quick, taking about one day to complete. However, it may not be an option if your existing sewer pipe makes a lot of twists and turns or is smaller than average in diameter.
Pipe Bursting Is Worth Considering, Too
Pipe bursting is exactly what it sounds like – a tool called a “bursting head” is pulled through your damaged pipe in order to literally burst it apart. Attached to the bursting head is the new pipe that is being pulled into place as the bursting head breaks its way through the old pipe.
Which Method Should I Choose?
Pipe bursting is a bit more invasive than pipe lining as it requires two holes to access the sewer instead of one, but both methods are excellent alternatives to digging up your property. They both last 50-100 years without corrosion or damage from tree roots, and they save you money, time, and headaches. Either choice is a good one objectively, but you have to consider the size and shape of your damaged pipe, the grade of your sewer line, and the nature of the damage to your pipe in order to make the best decision for your property.
At All County Sewer, we can help you choose the best way to repair or replace your damaged pipe. We offer both pipe burst sewer laterals and CIPP lining in a variety of different materials to suit your needs. No matter which method you choose, you will end up with a sturdy new or lined pipe that will last decades while keeping your property intact.