Don’t Dig Up Your Yard for Sewer Repair!
When sewer lines were damaged in the past, their repair pretty much demanded the yard be dug up to find and replace the damaged lines. That meant damaging landscaping, sidewalks, and even driveways and roads in the process. Today, none of this is necessary. Modern solutions may require only one or two access holes be dug, leaving the bulk of landscaping and hardscaping intact, and in some cases no digging at all.
What Kinds of Sewer Line Problems Are Resolved by Trenchless Repairs?
The most common issue is lateral pipe damage caused by roots fracturing and entering the pipe, blocking drainage. While contacting a professional to remove the blockage will remove the existing roots from a pipe, that doesn’t really resolve the problem. The roots will eventually regrow and block the pipe again. The real solution is repairing the fractured pipe.
Other commonly seen issues are damage to a pipe from corrosion or driving over the area above the line. Repairing these issues in the past required digging up large areas to access the damaged pipe sections.
How Do No Dig Repairs Resolve the Problems?
There are two options typically offered that permanently resolve common sewer line damages. While both options will correct issues, a contractor may recommend one over the other based on the type of damage present and the conditions leading to the damage.
The first option is called pipe lining. With this solution, a flexible tube coated with a resin is pulled through the existing pipe. Once the tube is inserted, it’s inflated to coat the pipe. When the resin is fully hardened, the pipe will once again be usable and fully sealed.
Pipe bursting is the second option. This system involves pulling a new pipe through the original one. As the new pipe is pulled through, the old pipe is fractured and pushed out of the way.
Are There Other Advantages to Using Trenchless Repair Systems?
One advantage of no dig sewer repair techniques is the cost. While the repairs are not inexpensive, they tend to cost far less than digging up a yard and having to repair or replace landscaping and hardscaping features. In cases where the damaged pipe is beneath a structure, the cost savings are even more dramatic.
Another advantage of employing a technique that will repair sewer line without digging is the speed of the repairs. As a rule, trenchless repairs can be completed in one day, which allows homeowners to return to a normal routine quickly.
Of course, there are rare times when the use of no dig sewer repair techniques might not be an advantage. For example, if the homeowner is planning an extensive makeover of the yard anyway, digging a trench may not be such a negative factor. However, the situations where digging a trench is an acceptable alternative are rare. In the Pacific Northwest, most sewer lines run from 3 feet to 12 feet. The cost of “open cutting” or trenching this deep line could be very cost prohibitive especially if you need to go into the Right of Way (the pipe that goes from the street to your home).
For most homeowners, the trick will be finding a contractor well versed in the use of no dig sewer repair techniques. The technology is still relatively new, so not every contractor has the skills or equipment required. SewerTechs is one of the most experienced contractors in the Seattle area. Give us a call at 888-213-7656 and we would be happy to answer your questions and let you know what options make the most sense for your situation.