Facts About Trenchless Pipe Repair

Facts About Trenchless Pipe Repair

10509201_sIn the past it used to be that when a broken pipe or sewer line blockage occurred not only did you have the inconvenience and expense of repairing your plumbing system and cleaning up the mess but, you also had to pay to have your yard and landscaping repaired. Accessing the underground plumbing system for your home is far easier now with the trenchless approach. Essentially, this approach means that there is no need to dig a trench down the entire length of the pipe in order to make the repair – thus, the name trenchless. Instead, the system is only accessed at two points on either side of the break or clog.
But, while this new approach definitely saves the disruption, mess, and cost of digging up an entire yard, does the repair really work? Is it always the best option?
Here is some information you should know about trenchless pipe repair:
Before you make any decisions about how to have your plumbing repaired, contact your insurance agent and see if your homeowner’s insurance policy covers the cost of sewer pipe or other repair or replacement.
Do some research. Talk with a licensed professional about both trenchless and traditional methods. Explain your situation and ask them which method they recommend for your specific circumstances.
The trenchless option can sometimes be more expense than the standard depending on the circumstances. If you are not concerned with landscaping, patio, or walkway damage at your home it might be good to compare costs of trenchless vs. standard pipe replacement approach.
There are two types of trenchless pipe repair:
Pipe lining: A flexible tube that has been coated in resin on the outside is fed into the broken pipe from a single access point. Once it is in the intended location, it is then inflated allowing for the resin to harden and affix to the inside lining of the broken pipe.
Pipe bursting: If pipe lining is not an option then pipe bursting can be tried. Using special equipment to pull a new pipe through an old pipe causing the old pipe to break apart and “burst”. Depending on the situation one may be more appropriate that the other.
A trenchless approach to pipe repair or replacement is definitely a beneficial option. It used to be that only one option was available and that option caused more damage and cost for many homeowners. If you need pipe repair make sure to compare the specifics of each.