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What is trenchless pipe repair?

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Dealing With Sewer Line Problems Efficiently

Sewer lines or trenchless sewer pipe repair isn’t something that most of us think about every day. To be honest, we probably never do until there is a problem that affects us. By then, the problem is there, and you don’t have time to research, study, and learn about it. You must learn on the fly as the plumber tells you he must shut the water off, dig trenches in your manicured lawn, and on and on.

Then, the plumber says something about doing a trenchless sewer line repair vs traditional sewer line digging. It won’t be as destructive, it takes less time, which could mean it will cost you less money, etc. Now they have your attention!  

Today, whenever and wherever possible, plumbing contractors are using the method of trenchless sewer repair, pipe bursting jobs can be less time consuming for the contractor. This makes it less expensive for the homeowner, and it doesn’t tear up their yards as much. Aside from what he’s told you, do you know just how does trenchless sewer line repair work and why they’re recommending this method? For more information about trenchless sewer pipe repair in Dallas, TX, dial (214) 402-5454. You’ll be connected with the experts at Tribeca Plumbing, Inc..

Is trenchless sewer repair cheaper?

Plumbers face damaged drains and sewer lines frequently, and if the ground has been ignored over time, it makes the job more difficult. So, when a pipe system bursts, it is a major disruption to businesses, homes, sometimes a large part of a city or a whole town. 

In the past, this would mean that thing was about to get messy and ugly as trenches were dug and the earth was turned over. Mud and sludge and water ever where, oh my!   Today, though, there is the technology of trenchless sewer repair, a dramatic change for drain and pipe repairs. Installing new drains, clearing clogs, repairing, or replacing sewer lines has become much easier and faster. 

How much better has this trenchless sewer repair technology made a plumber’s life? Look at the pros versus the cons: 

The Pros 

  • Better quality – the equipment used today is a state-of-the-art, and the materials used to repair those broken sewer pipes are better quality. This gives the property owner a durable pipe system resistant to cracks, corroding, rusting or simply falling part from the invasion of tree roots 
  • Time Efficient -this may be the biggest winning point for everyone.
  • Trenchless sewer repair can be in less time than the traditional method. This is less time on the clock for the contractor, which means less expense on your budget. 
  • Cheaper – in addition to this costing the property owner less, property owners can save almost 75% by the plumber using trenchless sewer repair to line the sewer pipes instead of having to replace the old with new. Again, less labor on the clock and less materials needed.
  • Versatility – trenchless sewer repair is good with many pipes, and the plumbing contractor can either repair the damaged pipe by lining it or do a total replacement.  Before, a plumber would have to be careful if they weren’t sure what kind of pipe was underground: cast iron, clay, concrete, etc. 
  • Environmentally Friendly – not only is trenchless sewer repair friendly on the budget, but it is environmentally friendly way to repair sewer lines too. 
  • No More Digging – The trenchless sewer repair process means no more digging up the earth, ruining your landscaping because it uses the existing pipes. 
  • Durability – with the trenchless sewer repair, the newer pipes that are epoxy resin lined are used which have a life expectancy of 50 years. This is an efficient and non-invasive way to repair sewer pipes. 

The One Con 

There is one downside to the trenchless sewer repair. Sometimes rehabilitating a pipe system is too late. The damage to the sewer line is irreversible and/or too corroded. This requires the job be done the traditional method. 

Can you line a sewer pipe?

Absolutely! With the technology that trenchless sewer repair has brought to the plumbing industry, no longer do your floors need to be dug up and wall torn out. Pipe Lining is minimally invasive and cost effective to rehabilitate existing drain or sewer pipes. 

Pipe lining is done by taking a damaged pipe and having an epoxy saturated felt tube inserted inside it. It is then inflated and allowed to cure. After it has cured, it is like a brand-new pipe inside the damaged old pipe. Environmentally friendly and less messy than the traditional way.  

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Does pipe relining work?

Plumbers do pipe relining today with the same trenchless sewer repair technology, meaning there is no digging, making it a cost-effective process that is less intensive and invasive. 

Pipe relining repairs existing pipes by curing the inside with a special resin that becomes stronger than the original piping. It is inserted from an upstream access point for ease but can be inserted from a downstream point, which has more risks and avoided if possible. 

How long does pipe relining last? 

Many assume it that relining a damaged pipe with trenchless sewer repair technology would mean the second pipe would be less durable than replacing with all new pipes. The reality of relined pipes is they are stronger than the original and have a lifespan of 50 years, making them the longer lasting solution when compared to the traditional method of replacing with new pipes will probably need replacing again in half that time, or less. 

Can tree roots break PVC pipes?

The goal of tree roots is to find water for the tree, and they will keep spreading and growing outward until they do, especially in drought-prone areas. Tree roots following moisture vapors that escape from small cracks or holes in water pipes and penetrate those openings to get to that moisture and any nutrients are inside. 

Clay pipes are easier damaged than concrete or PVC piping because it is a softer material. PVC has proven to be the better choice because there are less joints and the joint there are in PVC are tighter, thus less chance of leaks.

If you have existing trees, usually an older house, you will probably experience pipe damage by tree roots and if you’re lucky, the technology of trenchless sewer repair will be possible for your home. If you have a newer home, or you’re planting trees to an existing property, they recommend it to plant them in a carefully considered location so as the roots grow, they won’t be able to reach pipes.

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Schedule an Appointment With Us Today

Trenchless sewer repair is a miracle to those who have experienced the old way or damage sewer, or water lines being replaced.  The expense and the mess both inside and outside the home is a nightmare situation that nobody would want to experience. Dial (214) 402-5454 to set up an appointment for trenchless sewer pipe repair in Dallas, TX.