Can You Repair Drain Pipes Without Digging?

water draining out of sewer pipeThe main drainage pipes of many homes today run underneath the ground. You’d have to dig up the dirt if you had a problem with your sewer line and decided to repair it the old-fashioned way. Stressful, right?

Well, that doesn’t have to be the case. You can now have your sewer lines fixed without having to uproot your garden petunias. The experts at Captain Plumber are masters at repairing sewer lines without digging in a process known as “trenchless sewer repair”

How Does It Work?

Trenchless sewer repair is a repair method that incorporates technology by using remote-controlled robots that repair damaged pipes without needing to dig trenches. A video inspection is usually done to assess the pipes to both locate the area damaged, and assess the extent of the damage caused.

There are two types of trenches sewer repair methods you can employ. These are:

Cured In Place Pipe Lining (CIPP), or as it’s more commonly called “pipe lining”, is a repair method that lines the inside of an old, damaged pipe with a new one. After a video inspection has been carried out to map out the dimensions of the pipe, the pipe is cleaned up of whatever debris is stuck in it using a hydro-jet. A liquid-based epoxy solution is then slathered over an inflatable tube, which is then inserted into the damaged pipe. The tube is then inflated and allowed to cure, sealing up and essentially replacing the damaged part of the pipe. Epoxy linings are durable for at least 50 years before needing replacement.

Pipe Bursting (Splitting) is a sewer repair method that replaces the damaged pipe by inserting newer, much stronger high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipes that end up splitting (or bursting) open the existing pipe. This method of sewer pipe repair is not fully “trenchless” as you would need to dig up a small portion of the ground to provide an access point for the new pipe to be installed. Nevertheless, this “semi-trenchless” sewer repair method is preferable to the conventional method of sewer repair that can be quite damaging to your driveway or your garden landscape.

Benefits Of Trenchless Sewer Repair Method 

  • It’s Fast

Repairing damaged sewer lines using the trenchless method is faster than making the same repairs conventionally. A repair that could take weeks to complete using more traditional methods can be completed in a day or less using the trenchless method.

  • It’s Cost-Effective

Because it takes lesser time and labor to complete, making repairs using the trenchless sewer repair method is less expensive in the long run. The costs of fixing your home incurred from traditional methods of sewer repair generally drive up your bill.

Fixing your sewage lines when they get damaged should be a top priority for every homeowner. Nobody likes a neighbor whose house always smells like a dumpster.

Call a licensed plumber today from Captain Plumber to handle your sewer line repairs – and any other plumbing-related work.