Trenchless, underground pipe repair has quickly become the go-to solution for restoring damaged, corroded or failing pipe lines. Completed entirely underground, repairs utilizing trenchless technology help homeowners and property managers alike save thousands of dollars on pipe renovations every year.
During trenchless repairs, expert technicians will use epoxy cured-in-place pipe solutions, or CIPP, to coat damaged segments of pipe. Liquid, liner resins physically solidify (cure) in-place, within existing pipe walls, to create entirely new pipe structures. These CIPP solutions can be used to reline pipe of almost any diameter, material, angle or configuration; it’s even practical for damaged pipe joints, commonly caused by faulty installation.
However, underground pipe lining isn’t appropriate in every case. In this blog, we detail specific situations where trenchless technology can repair damaged pipes with ease and save homeowners thousands in repair costs, as well as situations where it won’t. Much of pipe lining’s success is determined on a case-by-case basis.
Trenchless Repair Solutions and Underground Pipe Damage
Underground pipe lining is best suited for damages in subterranean pipe systems, in situations where full excavations would result in extensive lawn damage and labor costs. Traditional pipe repair methods take days, if not longer, to fully complete, and often spell disaster for property and landscaping.
Trenchless, cured-in-place repair solutions eliminate these concerns with 100% dig-free application. Pipe renovation specialists can use these solutions to repair damaged pipes with minimal hassle, in techniques such as:
- Pipe and lateral lining; general-purpose pipe lining for damaged or corroded underground water pipes. Relining affected pipe segments can usually be completed in a short matter of hours, and save homeowners thousands on otherwise costly renovations.
- Sectional point repair; the small-scale alternative to full pipe lining, which allows trenchless specialists to reline specific segments of pipe. This is the ideal trenchless repair for isolated, contained damage (plant or animal intrusions, faulty joints, etc.).
- Manhole-to-manhole lining; underground sewer system lining, ideal for municipal plumbing repairs that would require major traffic and commerce disruptions in traditional methods. Using existing manhole entry points, trenchless experts can reline damaged concrete lines using non-invasive, long-lasting resin solutions.
- Pipe bursting; bursting is usually reserved for pipe damages too severe for lining to restore. Using a cone-shaped, steel bursting head, technicians can break apart fully collapsed pipe lines and seamlessly lay new pipe in a single, fluid process.
Cured-in-place pipe solutions are ideal for a wide range of pipe configurations, diameters and materials. Whether your home’s underground pipes are made from clay, PVC, iron, Orangeburg material or steel, trenchless technologies can mend over breakages with ease, and give you assurance over the state of your pipes for years to come. Trenchless repair pipes are guaranteed to last at least 50 years!
Trenchless repair technologies earn much of their worth in their versatility with various forms of pipe damage. Trenchless solutions are practical for any kind of pipe damage, at any extent, including:
- Chemical corrosion or corrosion due to age
- Damage caused by poor pipe installation or previous repairs
- Root intrusion
- Soil movement, including earthquakes
- Underground animal activity
- Fracturing due to temperature change
When Trenchless Isn’t the Best Solution
With huge savings in both repair cost and labor time, it often seems like trenchless technologies are the end-all, be-all solutions for pipe repair. However, there are some unique circumstances in which trenchless repairs are impractical, or may cost more money than classic pipe replacement methods.
For instance, if your damaged pipe segments are relatively close to surface level, lining these pipes may end up costing you more than digging out a few inches of earth to replace them. It costs less to dig half a foot of soil than it does to cure new pipe segments internally. Trenchless technologies are ideal for pipe segments farther underground, in cases where digging would be a labor-intensive, full-scale operation.
Trenchless pipe bursting, in particular, is a poor solution for damaged pipes neighboring other pipe lines or utilities, such as underground cables. During these repairs, technicians will run a steel bursting head through collapsed pipe segments, and physically push pipe fragments out of the way to make room for new pipe lines. As fragments are pushed away via bursting force, they may pose a hazard to nearby pipe lines or cables. Pipe bursting is a very efficient, cost-effective form of pipe replacement, but its safety depends on your unique situation.
To learn more about what innovative pipe lining solutions can do for your damaged pipes, or to consult with a professional to see whether trenchless repairs are right for your situation, contact us today.