Trenchless Technology: Defined and Explained
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Your sewer lines are the last thing you think about – until they stop working, that is. Then, making a repair can be a daunting undertaking, especially if the job requires replacement of your sewer line, from your home to the street, where it connects to the municipal sewer system. Trenchless technology, used for over forty years, is not new, but it's become more widely accepted because it's less invasive than other methods of sewer pipe repair and replacement.
Trenched Sewer Line Replacement
The conventional method for dealing with the repair or replacement of sewer lines requires that your yard, sidewalk, driveway, or parking lot had to be torn up in order to access the pipe. This can require equipment as simple as a shovel or as complicated as a backhoe, trencher, or other heavy equipment. Use of this equipment on a lawn can be destructive by itself, let alone the work that goes into fixing it once dug up.
Conventional methods of sewer line replacement may require that walkways and driveways, landscaped areas of your yard, or the parking lot of your business be removed and then replaced once the job is finished.
This adds to the expense of repair or replacement and needs to be considered when comparing the cost of conventional sewer line work over trenchless technology. Less invasive, trenchless sewer repair can eliminate much of this work when you find the need to replace a sewer pipe.
What is Trenchless Technology?
Plumbers have increasingly added trenchless technology to their services. There are several methods of trenchless sewer line replacement and a professional can determine which is right for your situation. The beauty of trenchless technology is that only one or two holes need to be made on your property in order to repair or replace a faulty sewer line. Using equipment, specifically designed to do the job, plumbers are able to replace and repair sewer lines, without the mess of conventional methods. This is how they do it:
CIPP (cured in place pipe) – For this method of trenchless technology, a special liner is filled with resin then pulled or blown into the pipe. Once the liner is in place, the resin hardens and provides a smooth seamless pipe that will allow it to flow freely. The life cycle of CIPP is 50 years, so once replaced you will not need to worry about your sewer line for a long time to come.
Pipe Bursting – This method of trenchless technology requires two holes and can be used for repair or replacement of short or long sections of sewer pipe. A cable is inserted into the pipe, and attached to a bursting head. It is then pulled through the existing sewer line, pushing away the old pipe while it inserts a new pipe in its place.
The biggest difference in these methods of trenchless pipe replacement is that CIPP reduces the diameter of your pipe. For most applications, this will not be a problem because CIPP is seamless, offering a smoother interior surface than the pipe it replaces. With pipe bursting trenchless technology, the diameter of the pipe being replaced can easily be increased. This can offer a greater flow of your pipes and is especially beneficial for businesses, municipalities and large homes in Sacramento.
Benefits of Trenchless Technology
Once you find that you have a problem with your home's sewer pipes you will want the problem fixed as soon as possible. Many trenchless jobs can be completed in one day and your life can get back to normal. Bigger jobs may take longer, and jobs for businesses and municipalities, even longer. However, one part of the job missing will be the need to replant your yard, replace your walkway, or repave your driveway after installing new sewer lines using trenchless technology.
How Are Your Pipes?
Your plumbing system is an integral part of your home or business and often goes neglected until it breaks and lets you know a problem exists. Faulty plumbing can waste water, cause health issues, and create a mess when a pipe breaks or becomes clogged. Having an evaluation of your home's plumbing system can help prevent unexpected events.
If you have an emergency, would like an assessment or need to repair or replace sewer lines in your home or business, contact us at Express Sewer & Drain. We are the area's experts for trenchless pipe replacement and can help you solve the problems of your home, business, or municipality and help prevent future problems.
Topics: Trenchless Technology