So, What is Trenchless Pipe Repair Anyway?

Since your sewer pipes run underground, it’s easy to forget that they require maintenance just like the other utility systems in your home. Sometimes it takes an emergency, like a pipe burst, to alert you that your sewer system needs repair or replacing. If you are in need of pipe replacement, consider using trenchless technology to get the job done.

But what is trenchless technology, anyway? A fairly new concept for homeowners, first of all. Research shows that trenchless methods only came on the market for residential applications about 10 to 15 years ago. This highly effective pipe repair method causes little to no invasive damage to your lawn and landscape. By working underground inside the pipes, there is no need to dig up your lawn to reach them.

In the most simple terms, the trenchless technique works by placing new resin pipes inside the old damaged pipes; it is often referred to as a pipe-within-a-pipe model. Old pipes suffer from corrosion, root damage, or cracks over time. If you live in a colder area where the temperature drops below 20 degrees Fahrenheit, your pipes are prone to freezing and breaking. To avoid irreparable damage, it is imperative that you rehabilitate your aging sewer systems. In fact, if a system is over 40 years old, it might be time for a replacement.

By utilizing a pipe lining approach, the imperfections and cracks in the old pipe are sealed up. Many trenchless experts use cured-in-place pipes that mold a new pipe on the inside of the old one. First, the old pipes are cleared. Next, a machine pumps steam and water through the old pipes to draw liners in as a preparation for the resin solution. Then, the liners hold the resin until it sets or cures into a seamless pipe shape. The hardening process may take a few days to complete, but once it sets, it is durable enough to serve as the main sewer pipes.

The main draw to trenchless pipe repair is that it creates less stress for the homeowner. You don’t have to live with a dug-up lawn for weeks; you can have your pipes repaired in just a few days with no landscape upheaval.

Although serious damage may require the traditional “dig and replace” method, you can rely on trenchless repair for many common sewer and pipe problems. Don’t wait for an emergency to happen to take care of your aging sewer system. Contact us today to see how our expertise can help you keep your pipes and sewer line running efficiently.

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