Most of your sewer mains are underground. When a sewer line breaks it can cause all sorts of problems. The sewer line has to be dug up and replaced. When one has to dig up a sewer line one has to dig up the yard, as well as any trees that may be sitting on top of the sewer line. One also has to break through the concrete in order to get to the sewer line. This could be the driveway or even the sidewalk. This causes a lot of hassle when a sewer line has to be repaired or replaced. The lawn that one has worked so hard to build up will be ruined. There are times when trees have to be taken out of the yard in order to get to the sewer line. If there is a tree that has significance to the family and it is sitting on the sewer line then it will have to be removed. The other problem with the traditional sewer line repair system is that it is very costly. A lot of times one has to bring in expensive equipment to be able to dig up a yard, or even break through the concrete that the sewer line is under.
As time has gone by there have been other ways invented to deal with sewer line problems. Whether it is repair, or even replacing a sewer line that is where trenchless plumbing technology comes in. The alternative way to repair, or replacing a sewer line is with trenchless pipe lining.
There are a lot of advantages to the trenchless method. One advantage is that there is a camera inspection now. One can lower a camera down and see what is going on without having to dig the sewer line up. The fiber optic camera can now deliver images on a TV. This means that the customer can see what the problem is without them having to go down into the trenches and look at it themselves.
When a sewer pipe is broken one can use the slip lining method. This is where smaller pipes get inserted into the damaged pipes. Then grouting of the space creates the seal. Water and sewer lines get rerouted using the new pipes, and the old pipes are forgotten. This is a much more cost-effective way to deal with broken or damaged sewer lines.
Pipe bursting is another trenchless plumbing technique. Here an entry point and an exit point is dug to give the pipe access. They then pull the new pipe in through the old pipe bursting the old pipe in the process. The old pipe is gone, and the new pipe is there in its place. Again no major excavation or digging needs to be done in order for this method to work.
Another method is cured in place piping. This trenchless plumbing method will place an epoxy saturated pipe tubing into the existing pipes. The tubing will be inflated and cured into place. Hot air is used to do this method. Steam or LED blue light technology can also be used. You then have a newly repaired seal that lines the walls of the broken pipe. With this method again no major excavation is needed. One does not have to dig into the yard to get to the sewer pipes. An entry point may be needed, but the whole length of the pipe does not need to be dug up.
The trenchless pipe lining is a much less invasive way of dealing with a broken sewer pipe or line. There are only small entry and exit points that need to be done instead of tearing the whole yard up to get to the entire pipe that needs to be repaired.