Pros And Cons Of Trenchless Pipe Repair

Pros And Cons Of Trenchless Pipe Repair

11679236_sSewer drain clogs are a fairly common plumbing issue. These clogs run the gamut as far as cause, location, and severity. Sometimes the fix is simply snaking or hydro-jetting and other times the fix is accessing the lines themselves and replacing them.
Over the years, accessing and replacing sewer lines has become much easier and less disruptive to the homeowner and their property. Some of the pros and cons of using a trenchless approach include:
Pros
Less digging. For many homeowners having a beautifully landscaped yard with well-manicured lawn and a bountiful garden is a source of pride. They have spent several hours and hundreds of dollars improving their yards so that they have a comfortable and inviting place to spend time when the weather is nice. The idea of having all of that destroyed due to digging a trench for sewer line access can be devastating. With a trenchless approach there is much less digging and in fact, the sewer line typically only needs to be accessed at two points.
Less expensive. Since there is less digging, the homeowner isn’t left with the expense of replacing their yard. Sometimes with an approach other than trenchless the digging even destroys a patio or fountain that has been installed. These items are very expensive to replace, not to mention the clean up efforts of removing the debris from the old fixtures. Also, a trenchless approach requires fewer people and fewer pieces of equipment.
Less time. With less digging there is less time involved in the whole project. Typically, the need to replace sewer lines was a reactive decision rather than proactive. In other words, some kind of a plumbing emergency revealed the need for gaining access to and repairing sewer lines. For this reason, getting the repair done as quickly as possible is a huge priority.
Less disruptive. Because there is less digging, there is less labor and fewer pieces of equipment needed to get the job done. This means that rather than looking in your backyard and seeing an entire crew of people with several pieces of equipment tramping around on your lawn and landscape, there are only a couple of people and smaller equipment. Also, with less digging the job takes less time so even those few people and pieces of equipment won’t be there long.
Cons
Not always possible. A trenchless approach is not appropriate for every case. There are some instances where the repair that warrants a trenchless approach is not legal or, the other components of the system make it impossible.
If you are in need of access to your sewer lines, consider a trenchless approach. You can contact our office to determine if your circumstances are appropriate for trenchless digging.