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Trenchless: The Best Way to Repair Sewer Pipes

If your sewer line is damaged, broken, or irreparably corroded, blocked, or disconnected, you will certainly need a sewer pipe repair that lasts for a long period of time. In the past, sewer line problems precipitated an entire yard excavation to access the sewer line, assess the damage, and formulate a repair or replacement solution. Not only does this option cause unsightly damage to your lawn, but it is costly and time-consuming. Luckily, with the advanced plumbing technology currently available and equipped by our technicians, there are better, less destructive trenchless options for a sewer line replacement or repair: pipe bursting and pipe relining.

At Priority Plumbing & Drains, we offer both types of trenchless sewer line solutions. Here is an overview of both services to help you decide on the best repair method for your pipes. 

Pipe Bursting

Pipe bursting is a sewer line repair option that only requires one point of entry. An entirely new pipe with an attached bursting head is pulled through the original, damaged pipe with such force that the original pipe breaks into tiny fragments as the surrounding soil expands and a new pipe takes its place. Pipe bursting is an extremely effective method of trenchless repair. However, it is not technically “trenchless” as a large pit must be dug to insert the pipe. But, one hole is better than an entire yard excavation! 

Since this method causes some ground movement, bursting is not a very viable option in some areas with rocky or sandy soils. Ask your Priority plumber about using this technique for your home.

Pipe Relining 

Pipe relining is another good solution to damaged or broken sewer pipes that does not cause soil movement or require much excavation at all. This process includes a resin-soaked liner that is run through the offending pipe and a bladder that fills up with air inside the liner. The air bladder is left inflated long enough to allow the resin to bond with the broken pipe, creating a “new” pipe without disturbing the ground and requiring minimal digging. 

This technique works for almost any type of pipe and is designed to last for a long time. 

Both trenchless options have their merits and disadvantages, but they both save you the stress and inconvenience of a full excavation. Unfortunately, if your pipes have entirely collapsed, excavation may be your only choice. Fortunately, we at Priority Plumbing & Drains are experienced and skilled at sewer line replacements and repairs, and we can work with you to provide the best service for your individual situation. Call us today for more information!