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What Is a Trenchless Sewer Replacement and How Does It Work?

What Is a Trenchless Sewer Replacement and How Does It Work?

Whether your sewer line has broken fittings, or there is a great amount of debris in it, and there are tree roots growing into it, proper sewer replacement is a must. It will ensure better sanitation, hygiene, and your home or business will be free of any horrific odors.

It takes some serious work to replace and repair your sewer lines and depending on the damage, it could ruin your whole backyard, and make your driveway and mesmerizing garden into a barren desert.

However, if you opt for a trenchless sewer replacement, you can avoid all of this, and save some money along the line.

So, let’s take a look at what exactly a trenchless sewer replacement is, and how it works.

What Is a Trenchless Sewer Replacement?

Typically, when your sewer line is damaged, if you want to repair it, you have to go through some time-consuming, arduous work. You’ll usually have to dig up the street by your home, forcing the traffic to be rerouted, and if there’s any damage to the main sewer lines or city-owned property, you’ll have to pay for it.

Seeing how the traditional sewer line replacement is about $2,556, you can see how quickly the costs add up.

With trenchless sewer replacement, it gets much easier. It’s a relatively new method that offers many benefits and doesn’t require you to pay to dig through your street and around your home. To avoid excavation, the professionals rely on cameras and pipes that replace your old sewer lines completely underground.

How Does It Work?

There are two common types of trenchless sewer replacement:

  • Pipe lining
  • Pipe bursting

While there’s no need for any major excavation during either of these processes, some digging is still required. When it comes to pipelining, you’ll have to dig up a small access hole. A pipe liner is then inserted into the hole. It’s coated with resin that is inflated into the damaged pipe. The resin hardens and creates a new pipe inside your old one.

The resin is made of highly durable material that is resistant to corrosion, and while it will reduce the diameter of the pipe by about a quarter of an inch, it will not affect the performance of your sewer line.

Pipe bursting, on the other hand, requires two access holes. A new pipe is being pulled through the damaged one, fracturing the old pipe in the process and pushing it out. This method doesn’t change the diameter of the sewer lines, so it might be a better option for those with tighter lines.

Why Choose a Trenchless Sewer Replacement?

A trenchless sewer replacement costs a bit more than the traditional method, going from $60 to $200 per foot. However, since it doesn’t require any unnecessary digging, so you don’t risk damaging other’s property, and you don’t need to do any reconstruction afterward, you could actually expect to spend less on it.

It’s a relatively new sewer replacement method that’s durable and safe.