To Dig or Not to Dig Trenchless Pipe Repair

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Repairing pipes of any kind is a messy and more often than not frustrating business — and that’s when the pipes are above ground. Any homeowner who’s had to repair sewer pipes know how challenging it is considering many of them are buried deep underground, under the house or lawn. However, when sewage pipes are in need of repair, homeowners have no choice. It is recommended that pipes older than 40 years old be replaced or, at the very least, inspected. Faulty sewer pipes can lead to serious infrastructure issues, and the more you wait the worse those problems will be.

However, even with the urgency some homeowners are reluctant to get their pipes repaired. Why? Because sewer repair often entails digging massive trenches in the front or back lawn (sometimes both) in order to reach the pipes directly. This causes serious damage to one’s property and sometimes requires additional restorative work. As you can imagine, this kind of water pipe repair causes huge headaches — and more.

Fortunately, a new innovative technique of the past 10-15 years has revolutionized the way sewer pipe lining and repair is done. Trenchless pipe replacement is a novel way of solving sewage pipe issues without having to dig an enormous hole in your front lawn. With the trenchless repair method, new pipes can be installed by using the pre-existing pipes rather than removing them. A flexible, slightly-smaller pipe is inserted into the faulty pipe and lead through the other end. In the end, the pipe is inflated and serves as the new pipe. No holes or massive construction work is necessary.

Amazingly, the trenchless pipe option isn’t well known despite having been around for at least 10 years. A recent survey conducted by Angie’s List found that 78% of respondents had never heard of of trenchless or “no dig” repair methods. That is a true shame — but you can change all that by calling on trenchless repair crews the next time you’re in need of sewage repair.

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