Unfortunately, many people know first-hand what it's like to have a water pipe burst in their homes. Those who haven't can safely assume, it's not very enjoyable. After the initial shock and frustration, you then have the inconvenience of having to shut off your water. And then the real fun begins, getting the repairs completed. In an ideal situation, the pipes would be easily located and perhaps under a sink or maybe even easily accessible from your crawlspace. In a worst case scenario you will need to pay for some exploratory digging to happen so that someone can locate the broken pipe. People who have had to foot the bill for this service probably wished there were another way to repair their broken pipes. Fortunately, there now is.
What is Trenchless Sewer Repair?
Trenchless sewer repair is a fairly recent innovation, and as the name suggests it does not involve digging up trenches. This new method of pipe repair might not involve any digging whatsoever if a point of access can be found in a basement. If not, there might be a need to dig one hole to gain access to the pipes. Then, a brand new liner is inserted to coat the interior of your existing pipes. The new liner is seamless and is made of a very flexible material. Then a special machine is used to essentially blow the new liner into place.
How Does it Work?
After crews have secured the new liner into the old pipes, a bladder is inserted and then it is inflated with pressurized air. The strong force of the air forces the new, flexible liner to completely line the old pipe. It seals up any cracks and holes. It takes a couple of hours to cure, and then the bladder can be removed.
What are the Benefits of Trenchless Sewer Repair?
- Little to no destruction to your yard.
- Repairs are quicker than traditional trenching repairs.
- It's less expensive.
- New pipes should last 50 years.