When faced with pipe damages, it’s beneficial to know and weigh your options. Should you give repairs a try by yourself? What about getting a professional to dig your pipes out and repair them? Staying informed on your repair options can save you time, money and even your property. There are a couple of things to consider if you want to avoid the common repair mistakes. Namely, the benefits of modern repair methods you may not have even known existed.
Taking a DIY Approach
Before considering professional pipe repair operations, some homeowners will attempt to renovate their own pipe lines. While proper DIY techniques can remedy faulty pipes, going about these operations unprepared can only further pipe damages. It’s crucial to understand the proper tools and techniques for effective self-repairs, as well as how pipe systems work.
For instance, some homeowners do not understand how the plumbing traps beneath sink and faucet fixtures work, and sometimes remove them during repair efforts. This is an extremely hazardous mistake, which lets toxic sewer gases seep into your home through open pipe entrances.
Additionally, homeowners trying DIY repairs need to know the proper tools for effective DIY pipe repairs, including:
- Pipe and basin wrenches, used for fixture bolts and fittings
- A hacksaw and metal file, for cutting pipe lines and smoothing cut edges
- A plumber’s snake, used to clear drains and clogs
- Adjustable wrenches, ideal for hex-shaped components
All of these tools can typically be found in your local home improvement store. If you do not feel ready to begin DIY repairs, or the damage is beyond your reach (such as underground sewer pipes), you may have to contact a plumbing specialist. For these repairs, however, it’s still important to know your options.
Taking a Traditional Approach
The most common mistake homeowners make when having their pipes professionally repaired is opting for traditional digging repair methods. This stems from a lack of knowledge about the alternative, innovative solutions available today.
Traditional pipe repairs typically require the physical uprooting of pipe lines, which consumes considerable hard labor and time to complete. Large-scale digging, or trenching, is the only way to reach damaged or faulty pipe lines using these methods. Repair technicians dig around the entire pipe surface, length and all, to excavate damaged pipe sections and lay new pipe, tearing apart lawns in the process. This drops a sizeable amount of additional fees on homeowners, who must now pay for landscaping, replacement soil and plants uprooted by trenching.
Trenching repair requires an extensive amount of labor, which typically pushes repair operations over several days, costing homeowners extra in daily service fees. Not only this, but trenching pipe repairs can be hazardous to the health of homeowners and the plumbing specialists working on their pipe repairs. Moving the incredible amount of earth that trenching requires can expose workers to mold, asbestos and other underground elements, which can develop into serious and costly health issues with prolonged contact.
In all, traditional trenching repair methods are simply not worth their time, labor and financial costs. Because of this, innovative plumbing professionals have developed highly efficient alternatives in recent decades, known as trenchless technology.
The Alternative: Trenchless Technology
Trenchless technology is called such because it does not require the lawn-ruining trenching of traditional repairs. Rather, trenchless repair professionals use a technology known as cured-in-place pipe (CIPP), to reline and fill in pipe damages with a liquid PVC perma-liner solution. This liner is applied using high-pressure steam and sealant, providing a new, heavy-duty plastic layer of pipe in place of the old, damaged pipe.
Another trenchless repair technique, pipe bursting, uses a bursting head to fragment your existing pipes and replace them with new segments. This method only requires an entry and exit hole, saving you from extensive lawn damage and landscaping fees, and is ideal for pipes severely damaged pipes that cannot be fixed with cured-in-place solutions. This technique can even improve your pipe’s flow capacity, as larger replacement pipes can be seamlessly integrated.
Pull-in-place lining is the perfect trenchless solutions for minor pipe cracking, bursts or other contained damages. A cured-in-place fiberglass and resin liner fills in the selected pipe segment, using only two small entry and exit points in the pipe and your lawn. Similar to relining, hot, pressurized steam seals and cures the liner with your damaged pipe, adding sufficient strength to your pipe and eliminating cracks or costly leaks.
Using these incredibly efficient trenchless repair means, you can protect yourself from the great hassles of trenching repairs. Expensive landscaping renovations and supply costs are averted, and labor expenses kept to a minimum. Fewer plumbing service workers are required for trenchless repairs, and no large, bulky machinery are needed for excavating your pipe.
As these innovative techniques can finish the job in a matter of hours, you will not have to sacrifice as much precious time as traditional trenching repairs. Trenchless technology specialists can repair up to 200 meters of pipe per day; that’s over 600 feet of repaired pipe in one work day, as opposed to the multiple days spent digging during trenching repairs.
If you feel repairing a damaged pipe is out of your DIY capabilities, or there is an underlying problem with the sewer system beneath your home or lawn, we advise you to contact a trenchless repair specialist today. These technologies are more efficient and just as effective as traditional repairs, if not more so. Save your hard earned dollars and contact a trenchless professional today.
If you’d like to learn more about trenchless pipe repair, or other professional plumbing solutions for all of your needs, our experienced service professionals are here to help. Contact us today!