Sewer repair services can be a major headache. Not only is there a considerable cost involved in digging up a line to repair it, but there's also the destruction to your property, to your yard, and to the pace of your life. Everything's on hold during a major home repair project, and that certainly applies double to sewer repair issues.
That's where trenchless sewer repair comes in. Coming in much less expensive and less invasive than it's traditional counterparts, trenchless sewer repair services can be a great way to get your system up and running again without all of the trouble involved in traditional repair.
What is Trenchless Sewer Repair?
No matter the house, the sewer line almost always runs directly underneath the ground - usually between the house and the street - and connects your home's system with the main city sewer line. If one needs to be repaired on your property, the plumber will have to either dig through your yard or your foundation to access the pipe. The cost of getting to the pipe and cleaning up the debris is usually the most expensive part of the process.
Trenchless sewer repair cuts out all of that by going straight to the source. Instead of cutting up the ground to get to the pipe, a small tube is inserted through the drains in your home and into your sewer line. Sometimes this line also has a camera attached to it to be able to make certain of where it's headed, but the primary purpose is to shoot compressed water to clean out the inside of the pipe. Once the clog is clear and the area is clean, another tube is then put inside the same pipe and sprays a seal inside the pipe to patch the leak from the inside. Then, both lines are retrieved, and the sewer is able to function properly again.
When Should You Not Use Trenchless Sewer Repair?
Trenchless sewer repair can be a great alternative to traditional sewer repair services, but it's not a one-size-fits-all job. If the line needs more repairs than just a patch, or if it's completely collapsed due to an environmental disaster or old age, then it most likely will need to be replaced completely. But for homeowners who are looking to fix a simple leak inside their sewer system, and don't want to tear up their yard to do it, trenchless can be the way to go.