Are your sewer lines draining slowly or not draining at all? Do you have cracks in your foundation or have you noticed foul smells around or inside your home? If so, old, damaged sewer lines may be to blame. Full sewer line replacement can be costly and time-consuming. It requires major construction and will likely ruin or at least significantly damage your yard and/or landscaping. So, what can you do if you need to replace your sewer lines but want to do so with minimal negative impact to your home and property? A trenchless sewer line replacement may be the ideal solution.
Understanding Trenchless Sewer Line Replacement
A trenchless sewer line replacement takes the place of your current sewer line. It’s a method that does not involve trenching, which tears up your yard and can leave unsightly damage in its wake. Instead, trenchless sewer line replacement uses slip lining, pipe bursting or cured in place pip (CIPP) techniques to replace pipes without causing damage and upheaval to property.
The Slip lining method involves installing an epoxy liner into the sewer system’s existing sewer lateral. It’s basically the process of inserting a pipe inside another pipe. This method is approved in some areas but is not allowed in others, so it’s important to talk to your local plumbing company about whether or not this is a viable option for your property.
The pipe bursting method is the most popular and is achieved by pulling a bursting head or bullet through the old plumbing pipe. The head is designed to fracture or destroy the old pipe while laying the new pipe underneath it.
When the CPIP method is used, a resin-saturated line is put inside the old pipe. Methods are then used to expand the old pipe and cure it into place with the use of heat.
Choose the Right Method
It’s hard for most people to know which trenchless sewer line replacement method is right for their situation. Your plumber can help you understand which – if any – of the above methods are an appropriate fix for your situation.