The Different Methods We Use for Trenchless Repairs

Problems with sewer pipes can be a serious headache for a home- or business owner. Professional repairs can tear up your house or yard, take days or weeks to complete, and can cost a lot. Fortunately, the experienced pros at Pipeshark have a range of affordable, low-to-no-excavation, rapid turnaround solutions for trenchless sewer repair in Philadelphia, PA.

Pipe Bursting

Pipe bursting is a popular method of trenchless sewer replacement in Philadelphia, PA that only requires two small access holes. A bursting head is fed through the existing pipe on a steel cable and this breaks up the old pipe and clears the way for the new pipe to come in. The new pipe is then attached directly onto the rear of the bursting head and is pulled into place immediately after the bursting head passes through. This process eliminates joints between pipe sections by fusing the pipe ends together, avoiding the potential for future joint leaks.

Cured-In-Place Pipelining (CIPP)

CIPP is a repair technique that creates a new pipe inside of the old pipe. After a camera inspection and thorough pipe cleaning, a felt tube is impregnated with epoxy resin that will cure and harden to the same specifications as the pipe used in new-home construction. This tube is fed into the damaged pipe and then inflated with air, followed by water that has been run through a heater. The heated water causes the epoxy resin to “cook” in a short period of time, and the new pipe is created. The felt tube is then removed and camera inspection verifies a thorough repair. Because of its rapid turnaround time, no-excavation-required approach, and 30%-40% cost savings compared to older techniques, CIPP is becoming the go-to method for trenchless pipe lining in Philadelphia, PA.

Pipe Coating

For pipes that are smaller in diameter, on a steep grade, or that have unusual configurations, pipe coating provides a means of performing trenchless pipe repair in Philadelphia, PA. In this process, the inside of the pipe is painted with polyurea via a spinning brush. To meet code requirements, this substance is applied in multiple layers. The coating hardens to a rock-hard lining, making the inside of the pipe capable of resisting whatever comes down the pipe.

Point Repairs

For small, isolated issues, point repair is often the best solution. The problem area is delineated via camera inspection, and a small piece of lining material wrapped around a deflated rubber bladder is moved into place. The bladder is inflated and the epoxy is allowed to harden. When complete, the defect will be repaired and the pipe will be as good as new.

Whether you require a simple repair or more advanced trenchless pipe replacement in Philadelphia, PA, look no further than Pipeshark. Contact us today to request a free estimate.