Trenchless Sewer Repair
Generally speaking sewer pipes for residential, commercial, and industrial buildings have a maximum life span of forty years. Realistically, a large segment of property owners will be dealing with major sewer repair work in the near future. If you own an older property and have not had your sewer pipes repaired or replaced recently than now is the perfect time to conduct research about the topic before you see any signs of trouble. That being said if you are currently experiencing sewer related issues it is extremely important to be fully aware of all of the available repair options.
A good indicator that there is a major problem brewing with your sewer system includes constantly clogged toilets and drains. You may also notice an excessive amount of water forming in your yard, sidewalk, driveway, street, or parking lot. Last but certainly not least is a raw sewage smell inside and or outside of your property. When any of these indicators do occur it is imperative that you immediately contact an expert in order to properly fix the problem. Otherwise raw sewage and wastewater will back up into your property through the toilets, drains, and faucets.
Not only is that a mess that will ruin your possessions, raw sewage and waste water also destroy interior surfaces such as floors and walls. Perhaps the worst part is the fact that raw sewage and wastewater contain toxic chemicals, gases full of harmful poisons, and disease infested materials. It is certainly a health hazard that no person should come in direct contact with. Now that we have that out of the way it is time to explore the sewer repair options that are available to you.
The Traditional Excavation Technique
Plumbing contractors have been employing the use of the traditional excavation technique to fix sewer lines since digging tools were invented a very long time ago. It requires the excavation of a large trench along the length and width of the sewer pipeline in order to expose the buried pipe for repair. Sounds simple doesn’t it? In all actuality the process is anything but. Digging the trench requires the use of expensive equipment, and a tremendous amount of fuel to run those machines. That adds up to a large expense for the plumbing contractor, which of course is marked up and passed on to the property owner. In addition, the trench destroys all of the hardscaping and landscaping in its path. It is the property owner’s responsibility to replace the hardscaping and landscaping and not the plumbing company.
The Two Trenchless Sewer Repair Techniques
There are actually two trenchless sewer repair techniques. Both methods involve state of the art breakthroughs in advanced plumbing technology in order to save property owners both money and time. Please see below:
1: Trenchless Pipe Lining
Trenchless pipe lining is performed when the sewer pipes are in decent enough shape to repair by installing a permanent solution. It does not require the excavation of a trench. In fact only one small access hole is needed at the end of the pipeline. A high-tech machine is used to install a wet epoxy resin that entirely coats the pipeline’s interior surfaces. The epoxy resin cures in place within a few hours and hardens into a liner that completely seals any breaks, cracks, and leaks. The new liner prevents future problems from happening, and will last for well over fifty years. It only takes one day to complete the process from start to finish. Trenchless pipe lining is approximately fifty-percent more cost effective than the traditional excavation method.
2: Trenchless Pipe Bursting
Trenchless pipe bursting is performed when the sewer pipes are beyond repair and need to be completely replaced. This technique also does not require the excavation of a trench. Instead two small access holes are dug, one at each end of the pipeline. A different high-tech machine is used to install a continuous PVC plastic sewer pipe through the existing sewer line. As the new pipe is being pulled through, the old one shatters or bursts in a bunch of fragmented pieces. The pieces of the old sewer pipe are disbursed into the ground where they are left to harmlessly rot away. Once the process is complete the new PVC pipe completely replaces the old, broken sewer line. The new pipe will also last well over fifty years, and it only takes a day to complete the process from start to finish. Trenchless pipe bursting is approximately fifty-percent more cost effective than the traditional excavation method.
Angel Plumbers is a leading trenchless sewer repair contractor based out of the golden state of California. We take great pride in providing our customers with the best solutions in the plumbing industry. Please contact us for an initial consultation or estimate for all of your plumbing needs. We very much look forward to hearing from you and working with you. At Angel Plumbers were are more than great plumbers, we are good people as well.