Trenchless Sewer Repair – What is it?

As a homeowner in Charlotte County, one of your biggest nightmares can be discovering that your sewer line needs to be repaired. Old lines can become blocked, resulting in sewage backing up into your home. Sewer lines can break or be punctured, creating a horrible mess in your yard. Either can result in thousands of dollars in sewer and landscaping repair costs. Thankfully, a technology known as trenchless sewer repair is a way to repair or replace old and/or damaged sewer lines, without all of the digging.

The two most common kinds of trenchless sewer repair are Pipe Lining and Pipe Bursting. Pipe lining typically requires digging one single access hole. From that access hole, the plumber either blows or pulls a flexible tube coated with resin through the length of the damaged pipe. Once the tube is in place, it is inflated. The resin coated tube then hardens within the pre-existing pipe. This creates a new, seamless, corrosion resistant path for water flow. The minimal pipe diameter loss within the pipe is negligible, and will not effect future waste removal. As long as there are no major joints within the pre-existing pipe, or the pre-existing line has not collapsed, Pipe Lining is most likely the least intrusive method to repair the line.

In the event that joints or a completely collapsed pipe makes Pipe Lining impossible, a second method of trenchless sewer repair is available. Pipe Bursting requires the plumber to dig two access holes, one on either side of the damaged pipe. A cable is inserted in the entrance hole, ran through the pre-existing pipe, and out the exit hole. A new pipe is then pulled through the old one. As the new pipe is pulled through, the old pipe is fractured, or “burst,” leaving the new fresh pipe in it’s place.

Both methods of trenchless sewer repair are equally reliable, and most are warrantied anywhere from 10 to 50 years. If replacing a damaged sewer line could result in additional costs to replace landscaping or hardscaping, speak to a licensed, reputable plumber to find out if trenchless sewer repair could be right for your home.

Does your sewer need the services of a professional Charlotte County Contractor you can count on? Contact Bill The Plumber today at (941) 924-8418. We will gladly serve all of your plumbing needs.

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