Sewer repairs these days can be carried out much more efficiently than just a few years ago, and the repairs can be much more long-lasting in their effects. Often referred to as ‘trenchless technology’, this new method of sewer repair is sure to become the most popular method for conducting repairs, because of all the advantages it offers over traditional methods. Here are some of the most important facts about trenchless sewer repair that you should be aware of.
It is much less disruptive
The ‘trenchless’ designation should give that fact away. To do sewer repair via the trenchless method, a video camera is passed down a sewer line known to have some kind of problem, so that the location and severity of the issue can be pinpointed. This makes it possible to go directly to the problem, often with no excavation necessary at all, to affect the needed repairs. This approach bypasses the need for smashing through concrete sidewalks, digging up shrubbery, and making a mess of your front yard. It also makes the cleanup portion of the job far easier, because so little disruption occurred during the process.
It helps to prevent future problems
In the trenchless method, some kinds of current problems can be avoided in the future because of new, advanced technology. Pipes which may have been breached by tree roots can be protected from the same intrusions in the future by coating them with impenetrable epoxy. By treating aging pipes with epoxy, they become much more resistant to future bursting, and they can also be fitted with sleeves that function as a second-line defense against intrusions. Seams which are a weak point in the pipe line can be replaced by seamless pipes, which present no vulnerabilities to roots and other kinds of penetrations.
It’s much less costly
Because there is far less digging involved, and often none at all, that means there is considerably less labor involved with carrying out repairs, and there is also a lot less cleanup afterward. All that translates to cost savings for a homeowner, because the whole process is much simpler, from start to finish. Since a smaller crew is required to do sewer repairs, you save even more on the total cost.
Greater longevity is achieved
When various parts of your sewer line are repaired or replaced using trenchless technology, the whole line becomes stronger and better able to withstand the depredations of nature and time. Since stronger materials are used, epoxy coatings are applied, and seamless pipes are installed, the line as a whole has years of usefulness added to its lifespan.
Versatility is greater
There are a number of scenarios where traditional sewer lines cannot be installed or repaired, either because of the ground in the area, the presence of several other pipe lines which can’t be disturbed, or a number of other reasons. Trenchless technology can almost always be used in these situations because it involves minimal excavation, and because sewer repair can be done with great precision, owing to the fact that a video inspection has already provided information about the optimal approach to be used.