How to Repair a Sewer Line without Digging: Trenchless Sewer Repair vs. Traditional Sewer Repair

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Sewage systems are usually taken for granted. Until something goes wrong, many people do not realize its importance and as a result, are often faced with costly repairs.

The one thing homeowners cannot do is avoid necessary repairs. Sewage lines that are damaged can leak harmful materials into the ground that may make a home unsafe to live in.

What Are the Different Types of Sewer Repair?

Traditional (Open Trenched) Sewer Repair

There are two main types of sewer line repair. The traditional method, also known as the open trench method, involves digging up the ground around the damaged section of sewer line. Once the repair to the sewer line has been made, it is backfilled by putting earth back into the trench.

This is often times disruptive and can be a costly option for homeowners.

Trenchless Sewer Repair

The second type of sewer repair is called trenchless sewer repair. In this method, the pipe is replaced without trenching.

Trenchless repair is performed by using the pipe bursting method, which breaks and expands the existing pipe while simultaneously replacing it with new high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipes.

Why Is Trenchless Sewer Repair Superior to Open Trench Sewer Repair?

Many people may wonder if trenchless sewer repair is the right choice. Trenchless repair offers many advantages. These include:

  • Less Intrusive. A trenchless repair leaves no sign that work was done. There is no need to destroy your yard, cement, brick or stone just to get to the sewer lines. No interruption in the use of your homes internal pipe systems.
  • Lower Costs. Because it takes less time to complete the repair and requires less physical labor, the costs associated with trenchless repairs are much lower. Long-term savings come from creating a reinforced sewer line that is stronger and less likely to be damaged again.
  • Quick Turnaround. A trenchless repair can be done much faster than a traditional repair. By using a trenchless repair, everything is done in a timely fashion. And remember: the longer a damaged sewage line is allowed to leak, the more damage it can cause.

What the Differences Between a Good Sewer Repair and a Bad Sewer Repair?

Homeowners usually try to find a repair service that they can trust to do the job right. If they know what a good repair looks like, it may help them to avoid any problems. A good repair will allow all of the sewage to flow out of the home freely and there will be no odors.

Street Excavation

If the street had to be dug up, it will need a patch when the job is done and poor workmanship is the number one cause of pot holes and sinking asphalt in our city streets. A bad street excavation is one that does not use new back fill materials and or is improperly compacted. The results from poor workmanship aren’t usually seen for 2-3 years, so make sure you see the workers bring in new backfill material. 

A good repair will use materials that are as strong as or stronger than the original street, and will include testing and approval of whether the compaction was done to a particular city’s standards and specifications (ensuring the patch is properly secured).

Sinkholes and Proper Backfill

Sinkholes are created when the ground around the sewer line is washed away or is otherwise removed. When sewage is coming out of a broken sewer line, it can cause a gap in the ground to form, and that will eventually cause the top soil to sink into the hole. The way to prevent this from happening is by making repairs as quickly as possible and by making sure that any dirt that has been removed from around the sewer line is properly disposed of and backfilled with new material.

Get a Good Experience

While it is important to be able to tell when the sewage line is repaired correctly, a good repair should always be a good experience. This means a sewer repair should also be an honest one: no hidden fees, a guarantee of service, and a pleasant and timely repair.

A quality sewer repair provider should be willing to work with homeowners to come up with the best solution to meet their needs.

Next Steps

If your sewer line is in need of repairs, it’s important to find a qualified, experienced professional as quickly as possible. However, proper sewer line maintenance starts before an emergency. Homeowners are encouraged to schedule a sewer line video inspection every 4-5 years to check for any potential blockages or damages in your sewer line.

In need of a sewer line repair? We can help. Pipe Spy was the first plumbing company in the Bay Area to use trenchless technology and all of our work comes with our three-year service warranty. Contact us today to request a quote.