A damaged sewer pipe is a problem that cannot be ignored. As a homeowner, when you are faced with this type of sewer issue, your mind may start to race with worries about repair costs and the havoc of having an excavation project on your property to fix the pipe.
However, you will not have to suffer days of having your yard look like a messy construction site if you opt to have a sewer repair firm employ the trenchless pipe replacement method. If you are unfamiliar with this method, the following primer on trenchless line replacement will be an invaluable guide when you need to talk to a contractor about fixing your broken sewer pipe.
Trenchless Pipe Replacement Basics
It is not uncommon to see excavation projects in residential neighborhoods after sewer pipes break or crumble after decades of use. Contractors dig up driveways, landscaping, and sidewalks to reach underground pipes. This can cause mayhem, as the disruption can interrupt traffic in your neighborhood and be unsightly.
Trenchless pipe replacement is much less invasive to property and will not inconvenience you and your neighbors. Experts restore the sewer line by using the old pipe as the host for a new one. A bursting-head tool is inserted into the old pipe. The new pipe material is attached to the back of the bursting head. Using a hydraulic-powered steel cable, the bursting head and the new pipe are pulled through the old pipe.
The new pipe will also be protected by the compressed parts of the old pipe as the two structures fuse together. There are only two holes needed for this procedure, one at each end of the lateral pipe.
There are numerous advantages to choosing trenchless pipe replacement over the traditional method. In addition to being less invasive and less disruptive, it is also safer. Contractors will not have to use heavy equipment to dig deep holes. You will not have to worry about having a big, open gap in the ground on your property that may entice curious kids or pets, thus reducing the chances of injuries and tragedies.
Excavation also requires you to find out where other underground utility pipes are located so they will not be damaged during the sewer line replacement. With trenchless replacement, the dangers to damaging other utility lines are reduced. In addition, there is less chance of the ground settling or contractors running into issues like large tree roots that are hard to remove. Consequently, there is less of an environmental impact and surface footprint with trenchless line repair.
Replacing a sewer line is going to cost you at least a few thousand dollars no matter what method you choose. However, do not listen to anyone who tells you that trenchless line replacement will cost a lot more than traditional excavation. In fact, the costs are fairly comparable. While trenchless repair is slightly more expensive, you recoup the extra cost because you will not have to rebuild a driveway or pay a landscaper to restore your lawn, as there is no excavation involved.
In addition, an excavation project may take days to complete, running up labor costs, while a trenchless replacement can sometimes be completed within a day or two. You save time and money, plus your yard stays intact.
With excavation, you will also have to pay the city to reroute traffic if the dig affects drivers on roads adjacent to your property.
No matter what method you choose, you will still need to apply and pay for a city permit. In some cases, your sewer line must undergo an inspection by municipal authorities to make sure that the job was completed in accordance to local codes. Your contractor will help you obtain the necessary permits and adhere to municipal regulations.
To learn more about sewer repair services, contact a company like Aurora Plumbing and Electric Supply, Inc.