When the time comes to repair your sewer line you will have two basic choices – the traditional trenching method and the more recently developed trenchless methods. While there are situations when trenching will be the only choice, in most cases you will be able to choose between several trenchless sewer repair methods recommended by your plumber.
So the question is why should trenchless sewer repair be your first choice?
The major reasons are:
- Quality of material
- Low maintenance
Depending on the trenchless method your plumber recommends, these four factors can have a significant impact on the cost and future maintenance of your sewer line. Not every trenchless method can be used for every situation, so while we provide this information to educate consumers the advantages you realize from trenchless plumbing will depend on the type and amount of repair required.
1) Cost. This is the reason most often given by customers why they choose trenchless. The cost of the operation is one factor, but when compared to trenching which requires a backhoe and digging up your property, the property owner does not have the added expense of repairing their landscaping that has been dug up. Finally, trenchless operations usually require far less time to complete, so you are not paying for additional man-hours.
2) Speed. Because virtually no digging is required, work can begin sooner and the actual repair of the sewer line is completed faster. Most trenchless methods involve using a resin compound to line the interior of the sewer pipe to seal any cracks or gaps in the line. The resin is injected into the line at very high temperatures, but once in place, all that is left to do is to cool the resin compound and test the water flow. Most jobs can be completed within a few hours.
3) Quality of material. Most older buildings have sewer lines made of clay or cast iron, both which will be subject to corrosion over time. Advances in pipe manufacturing have resulted in the commonly known PVC pipes found in water lines throughout your home. The resin compounds of trenchless sewer line repair have been proven to last decades, in some cases outlasting the life of the home.
4) Virtually maintenance free. After the line is repaired using modern resin compounds, the owner can expect there to be no future repairs needed. Beyond the quality of the resin itself, the smooth finish of the resin ensures a smoother water flow throughout the repaired sections of the pipe, reducing the possibility of clogging or backups.
Trenchless methods have clear advantages to them, but are also a warning sign for homeowners to deal with their sewer line problems sooner than later. The added expense of trenching may be the only option for a plumber if a sewer line has degraded from repairable to completely broken. You and your plumber will have more options available if you contact them to check your line at the first sign of a problem rather than waiting.