What Is Trenchless Sewer Line Repair?
If you have underground pipes that need to be repaired and/or replaced you may be dreading the venture of having your yard or worse, your driveway torn apart to get those pipes fixed. Well, these days, you do have an option and that is the trenchless method.
Trenchless pipe repair is basically the process of replacing a broken pipe in the ground with a new pipe without having to dig up the old one or break through any concrete or other construction that the pipe may be laying under. This is a great time and money saver for the property owner. Not only does the yard or floor NOT have to be destroyed (and later repaired) but the amount of time it takes to make the repair on the pipe is greatly reduced. It's a win-win!
Essentially, the trenchless method offers two possible options to repair broken pipes.
- Pipe Bursting - which is the process of inserting new pipe into the old pipe and then pushing it through.
- Pipe Lining - which is the process of pulling (or blowing) a flexible tube (coated with resin) into the old pipe and then inflating it. The resin will then harden and create a "new pipe".
Your plumber will make the educated decision on which type of these trenchless methods to use. Overall, the process looks something like this...
- The plumber will conduct an inspection using a sewer camera. This will show the type and extent of damage in the pipe / sewer system.
- The second step then is to clear out the pipe with a hydro jetter or auger snake.
- Finally, the trenchless process begins to essentially create a new pipe which repairs the old one.
This non-invasive sewer line repair process is perfect for situations where the pipes that need repair are under lawns, driveways, concrete sidewalks and other surfaces that are costly to repair if they are destroyed as is the case often with traditional methods of sewer repairs.
How Much Does Trenchless Sewer Line Repair Cost?
Just like many other home projects, costs vary and it's no different for trenchless sewer line repairs. The factors that cause these variations includes the amount of piping that needs to be repaired, the amount of piping that needs to be inspected or cleared out and the type of trenchless method needed for your particular project.
But, we can say that on average, the cost is about $160.00 / foot.
Is Trenchless Sewer Repair Cheaper?
The trenchless system is generally less expensive than the standard digging, repairing and fixing.
When it comes to any sewer repair (trenchless or traditional) the factors that end up being the most expensive are the landscaping issues. Uprooting existing trees, bushes, etc. and any damage done to the lawn.
The other major expense in traditional sewer repair are any costs incurred from repairing driveways or patios or even flooring in the home if the broken pipe sits under these. A trenchless system eliminates this cost.
How Long Does Trenchless Sewer Repair Last?
Generally speaking, if you have had any of your water or sewer pipes replaced with the trenchless method, and the process was done correctly, you can expect the repair to last anywhere from 50 to 100 years. That gives you an excellent return on your investment.
If you have any questions trenchless sewer line repairs or are having problems with your sewer lines, call Atlantis Plumbing today at 770-443-8229. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.