A few decades ago, a burst sewer pipe didn’t just stink up your entire property, it also led to the inevitable destruction of your entire yard. Beloved gardens and landscaping features the world over wore ripped up to provide access to subterranean sewer pipes. And while the #BIGMEDIA might obsess over Silicon Valley disruptions and iEverythings, trenchless pipe repair is an emerging technology that benefits homeowners all over the country.
If you’ve never heard of this “no dig” technology, then you aren’t alone. According to a poll by Angie’s List, 78% of people have never heard of trenchless pipe installation at all.
So what is commercial trenchless pipe repair?
In the past, plumbers and repair workers would have to dig an ugly trench to access broken or busted pipes, destroying lawns in the process. After all, if you have to choose between working toilets or a lawn, you’ll choose the toilet every time. Fortunately, trenchless pipe repair eliminates that decision.
By digging a small hole, pipes can now be installed laterally. New trenchless pipe lining is forced right through existing pipe lines.
Why do sewer pipes break?
Sewer pipes can break or burst for a number of reasons, like a toddler who is curious what would happen if they flushed their underwear down the toilet. Most often, pipes break for two reasons, either because they’re just plain old and worn down, or because of wandering tree roots.
How much does trenchless pipe repair cost?
No dig pipe repair can be more expensive than traditional methods, usually between 30 and 40% on average, but ultimately can save you money. You won’t have to spend thousands of dollars restoring your landscaping and buying fresh sod for your lawn. Plus, most new pipes come with warranties, sometimes up to 50 years long.
How can I prevent pipes from being damaged, either in the first place or in the future?
Angie Hicks, the founder of Angie’s List recommends getting your pipes inspected if your home is 40 years old. If you’re planting new trees on your property, make sure they’re planted far away from existing pipes. Remember: tree roots can extend more than twice the width of the branches above ground. And if you have a toddler in the house, make sure they aren’t flushing any toys behind your back. More like this blog. For more, read this link. Good references.