Replacing a damaged sewer line can be expensive and difficult. Outages to sewage service and the costs of replacing the line are just part of what you have to deal with. In traditional sewer replacement, you also have to deal with excavation and the subsequent damage to driveways and landscapes that repair this entails. Because of all that mess, many homeowners want to know if trenchless work is viable for sewer line replacement. This avoids the need for excavation and keeps your landscapes intact. Here's what to consider when you want to go trenchless for sewer line replacement.
Why Traditional Sewer Replacement Is Worth Avoiding
When underground sewer lines become damaged or obstructed, excavation is often necessary to reach these underground pipes to replace them. Excavation requires digging up the front yard, driveway, and even the street in front of your home. This can ruin the appearance of your home and result in the need to reroute traffic around your street. This process can cost anywhere from a few thousand dollars to over $20,000, plus the costs needed to replace the driveway, landscape, and sidewalk. Where possible, most of us would prefer to avoid excavation.
Trenchless Techniques for Sewer Line Repair
When it comes to trenchless sewer line replacement, it's important to have an expert plumber first conduct a camera inspection to assess the extent and type of damage done to the pipes. This will help them determine whether trenchless replacement will be actually be effective.
Pipe lining and pipe bursting are the two most common trenchless techniques that can be used for replacement. Pipe lining involves inserting and inflating a cure-in-place pipe within the structure of the old pipe. This method works best when the old pipe structure is still mostly in place. Pipe lining can reduce the diameter of your sewer lines by 1/4 inch but this won't affect the functioning of your sewer.
Pipe bursting can be used if the pipe has collapsed in places but there is still room for a steel cable to be drawn through. Pipe bursting breaks and pushes the old pipe outward while drawing a new, durable pipe in place.
What's Best For Sewer Replacement?
The best replacement technique for your sewer will really depend on the location and type of damage, your property, and the location of the sewer line. Only a qualified plumber can recommend the best sewer line replacement technique for you. Costs for trenchless sewer replacement depend on the materials used, soil type, and depth of sewers; in some cases the upfront costs of trenchless replacement can actually be higher than digging a trench. But since trenchless replacement saves you from needing to restore landscaping and driveways, you can still significantly save on time and money invested overall.
Replacing a sewer line can be complex but choosing trenchless replacement where possible can make the whole job more efficient and cost effective. For expert diagnosis of your sewer line issues and the most appropriate repair, contact Advanced Plumbing and Rooter Service for camera inspection and trenchless sewer line replacement.