If you have a major problem with the sewer lines servicing your home in Sacramento, you might be wondering what the best way to fix them would be. You probably want the job to be done quickly, and with a minimum of disruption to your home and daily life. However, you also don’t want to pay too much.
The problem with traditional sewer line repair techniques is that they’re slow, disruptive, and it can be hard to predict the actual cost because of the variables for parts and labor.
Trenchless sewer line replacement is an alternative to the process of ripping up your lawn to get at the pipes in need of repair/replacement. The question is: is the trenchless option right for my home?
Consider the following factors:
One of the major issues with traditional pipe replacement methods is that to do it, you have to unearth the pipe so it can be removed and replaced. That’s going to take a lot of digging—quite possibly right through your azaleas (or, your more water-efficient cactus garden).
This begs the question, “who’s going to replace/repair my landscaping when the pipe’s done?” Most plumbers might replace the sod & soil they had to dig up, but odds are that you’ll need an experienced landscaper to replant your displaced garden (inflating the total cost of your sewer line repair).
Total Time for the Fix
If the wrong pipe is broken, you could be left without one of the most basic necessities of a modern home—clean water. Or, if the drainage pipe needs repairs, you could be letting toxic runoff seep into the soil of your yard.
Either situation isn’t what most would consider desirable. So, time is of the essence.
Here, traditional repair that relies on trenching could take days—1 or 2 days to verify the placement of other utilities and dig up the pipe, a day to replace it, and another couple of days to replace the landscaping.
Trenchless pipe repair and replacement is typically much faster than traditional repairs. In fact, some trenchless repairs can be done in as little as a day.
Disruption of Your Daily Life
An often-overlooked aspect of plumbing repairs is the disruption your repair solution can cause. Having to deal with a plumber digging up a wide swath of your yard for days on end can be a little bothersome, to say the least.
However, by keeping work time to a minimum and eliminating the need for excessive digging, trenchless pipe replacement technology reduces the disruption to your daily life significantly.
In some areas, there may be hidden deposits of toxic materials deep beneath the surface. Unfortunately, traditional trenching solutions can release these toxins into the air. Most plumbers are aware of how to deal with such dangers, but they can still pose a risk to you and your family.
Because of their minimally-invasive nature, trenchless pipe replacement and repair solutions are much less likely to expose you and your family to the risk of unearthed toxins.
The cost of an extensive sewer line repair can be pretty hefty. Here’s one area where trenchless technology isn’t always better.
A traditional sewer line replacement operation has a variable cost for labor depending on where your damaged sewer line is located. If the sewer line is buried deep under the ground and under hard to move objects, then labor costs go up. If the sewer line is shallow, and there’s nothing but grass and dirt above it, then labor costs will probably go down.
Plus, when you trench your yard and/or garden, you’re going to need to repair that landscaping—whether you do it yourself or hire a professional.
Trenchless sewer replacement has a higher base cost, but a stable cost for labor because the actual depth of the pipe has less of an impact on the amount of labor needed to make the repair. Also, there’s less damage done to your landscaping, so you minimize those costs as well.
For many Sacramento homeowners, trenchless sewer line replacement can be an ideal solution. It’s faster, easier, and less disruptive than tearing up your property. Trenchless technology is a good fit for most homes where the sewer lines are deep and difficult to excavate.
Learn more about trenchless technologies such as CIPP lining and pipe bursting today!