History of Trenchless Technology

One of our specialties at Pipeshark is trenchless sewer repair in Bryn Mawr, PA. It’s an increasingly popular and cost-effective alternative to traditional excavation. But just how did trenchless technology become a thing? Here’s what you need to know about the history of no-dig innovations.

A Solution for Air Duct Repair

In 1970, architectural engineer Eric Wood needed a quick and easy way to fix an air duct above his mushroom beds. Due to the configuration of the duct, removing and replacing the pipe wasn’t a viable option. The solution he came up with is CIPP, or cured-in-place piping, which is now what’s commonly used for trenchless pipe repair. It involves applying a new coating to the inside of the affected pipe.

A Solution for an Aging Infrastructure

In the mid-1970s, some contractors were looking for an easier way to break up older underground pipes so they could be replaced, especially older cast iron pipes. The solution one engineer came up with is what’s now used for trenchless pipe replacement, a process known as pipe bursting. It’s done by breaking up the existing pipe and replacing it with another one in the same space.

Other Trenchless Innovations

In the late 1970s, microtunneling was developed in Japan as a way to install underground pipes in areas where soil is too wet or loose. Today, it’s a trenchless technique commonly used in environmentally sensitive areas. As patents expired, other trenchless innovations came along, including directional boring and point repair, which is a no-dig method of repairing smaller sections of pipe.

Our Pipe Pros Are Here to Help

Whether trenchless pipe lining or other techniques are right for your situation, count on Pipeshark to get the job done right. We have a history of providing access to convenient, cost-effective technology that’s coupled with top-notch customer service.

Contact us today about trenchless sewer replacement and repair and other top-quality services we offer.