Repairing drain pipes is never fun, especially if they’re sewer drain pipes. Why? It mostly has to do with the fact that sewer pipes are buried deep underground, making them notoriously difficult to reach. Many sewage experts agree that pipes older than 40 years should be replaced or at the very least inspected (which typically costs around $250-$350). Homeowners across the country realize the prudence of this. Broken sewage pipes, perhaps more than any other feature of the house, need immediate repair (for obvious reasons).
Still, sometimes homeowners are hesitant to have sewer and water pipe repair work done. The reason for this is that sewer drain cleaning is a long and destructive process that requires not only pipe replacement work but restorative work as well. Under the conventional method, large trenches are dug in the lawn in order to reach the pipes. This causes serious damage to one’s property and usually requires more restoration work done to fix the lawn. As a result, homeowners will sometimes put the work off.
However, recent innovations have yielded a new method that avoids digging trenches in the first place. Trenchless pipe replacement is a unique method of using the existing pipes to install the new pipes rather than removing them outright. The trenchless method uses a special kind of pipe that is flexible and capable of being inserted into existing pipes. Also known as the cured in pipe placement method, trenchless sewer and water pipe repair inserts these pipes into existing lines and once secured inflates them, effectively replacing the old pipes without removing them outright.
Despite the ease and less-destructive nature of this method, trenchless pipe replacement is not well-known. It’s been in the market for about 15 years and yet a majority of homeowners have never heard of it. If you want to find out more about the method yourself, feel free to leave a comment or question at the bottom.