Why you should consider Trenchless Sewer Replacement
Residential and commercial trenchless sewer replacement and pipe repair methods have been around for over a decade. However, it is surprising how many homeowners are unaware of the benefits of trenchless technology. In fact, 78% of people that responded to an Angie’s List poll said they had never even heard of a “no dig” sewer technology or trenchless pipe lining.
The Plumbing Doc has been servicing homeowners in Bakersfield for over 10 years and is very knowledgeable when it comes to the trenchless industry. With their highly qualified technicians, you will be nothing but pleased with the outcome. Now, why should you consider trenchless sewer replacement?
If you own a home or property, you will want it functioning properly. The majority of people spend most time in the kitchen entertaining family and friends. It would not be fun if you suddenly had your sewer backup in the middle of preparing dinner for your guests. This headache can be prevented with a simple diagnosis of your sewer system. Most of the time, especially in older homes, you will have cracked or corroded pipes. It is simply because the pipes used many years ago were made of clay or cast iron which will inevitably deteriorate over time.
How Effective Is The Trenchless Sewer Repair?
Trenchless sewer repair is as effective as traditional trench replacement option. The difference for some areas can range from the pipe material available, or expertise from plumbers who only offer one service of pipelining or pipe bursting.
Trenchless Sewer Repair Vs. Traditional Trenching?
Trenchless sewer repairs are a lot less cost effective than the traditional option of trench replacement. Traditional trenching methods involve digging long trenches in your yard. The process includes apart the hardscaping, landscaping, driveways and other ground areas near the area where your trench is.
Traditional trenching jobs can cost $20,000 or more depending on the amount of construction needed.
This process also involves getting approvals from the government, permits, and traffic control (rerouting) for the area that will need to be cut off for the repair.
Trenchless sewer replacement is a newer method for homes. They have been around for about 20 or so years, but many homeowners are not aware of the option.
The most frequent types of trenchless sewer line replacement are:
What Is Trenchless Water Line Replacement?
Trenchless water line replacement is done by creating two holes, one is created at the spot where the water line begins, and the other is created where it ends. There is then a hole created underground for the pipe, which can be done using our cable pulling system. After this process is completed, the water line is connected from the access to the plumbing of the property, ensuring a fast and efficient water line replacement with no property damage.
Why Choose Trenchless Water Line Replacement?
If you are thinking about whether you should choose Trenchless water line replacement, then here are some of the unique benefits it offers over traditional water line replacements. The great thing about going trenchless is that this technique is ideal for fixing any water line or pipe repair problem for homes and businesses. Most of the times people avoid water line repairs and replacement, since the costs associated with the repairs make it an expensive project.
The concern mainly lies in the damage to the property, and the plumbing work not guaranteeing that such a problem will not happen again. Trenchless water line replacement on the other hand offers plenty of benefits, and is ideal for:
- Pipes damaged by freezing and thawing cycles
- Leaks which occur due to improper pipe installation
- Pipes under the building, landscaping, or home have burst, cracked, or become blocked.
If the underground water line of your property has been damaged, you will require urgent water line replacement. Not choosing to act will result in poor water quality, leaking water that will damage your business, home or property, while it also accelerates growth of mold and attracts pests. Therefore, it is best to choose trenchless water line replacement, since it offers the following benefits:
- Affordable Replacement
- Cleaner and Faster Installation
- Protection Against Future Problems
The Upfront Costs of Trenchless Vs Traditional Pipe Repair
On paper, traditional sewer pipe repair solutions are slightly less expensive than trenchless repair solutions. As this method of pipe replacement is more common, homeowners typically have many contractors to choose from.
Every project is different, but the average cost of a traditional pipe repair ranges somewhere between $50 and $250 per foot depending on where pipes are located, the pipe materials used, and other related factors. By those figures, a job involving just 10 feet of pipe could cost as much as $500 to $2,500. Most plumbing jobs require much more than 10 feet of pipe, however, and this figure accounts only for the labor and materials used to repair the pipe itself.
The cost of trenchless technologies varies based on the method utilized. Two commonly-used trenchless technologies used for pipe repair/replacement are:
- Lateral Pipe Lining: Sometimes called cured-in-place piping (CIPP), this technology uses existing pipe, adding a layer of epoxy resin to re-line the pipe, repairing cracks and closing gaps to prevent leakage and soil intrusion—basically creating a new pipe within the existing pipe. Costs for lateral pipe lining can range from $80 to $250 per foot.
- Pipe Bursting. This technique uses a pneumatic or hydraulic head that destroys the old, broken pipe and drags in a new pipe to replace it. Pipe bursting tends to be a bit less expensive than lateral pipe lining, with costs ranging between $60 and $200 per foot of pipe replaced.
In a pure, “by the numbers” comparison of costs on paper, the price of traditional repair is less than or equal to that of trenchless repair solutions.
Of course, this superficial comparison doesn’t tell the whole story.
WHICH TRENCHLESS SEWER REPAIR METHOD IS MORE DURABLE?
Pro plumbers hold that both the sewer pipe lining and pipe bursting methods are long-lasting. CIPP sections last for at least five decades, and this can give you peace of mind. But the slip lining method may not last as long as the pipe bursting method because of the reduction of the diameter of the original sewer piping. But the pipe bursting method establishes a whole new pipe that can last longer than the ‘pipe within a pipe’ under the CIPP method.
WHAT’S THE TURNAROUND AND DISTURBANCE DURING SEWER LINE REPAIRS?
The pipe bursting trenchless sewer repair method has a faster turnaround than CIPP. This is because a pipe bursting project can be completed in a single day. But, sometimes CIPP needs a curing process that may take up to 30 hours. This implies that CIPP may have a longer turnaround time. As such, the disturbance caused may take longer before the sewer line services get restored to normal.