It’s one of those things we never give a second thought, but over time, pipes are susceptible to problems and require a little TLC.

Just like that, they’ll up and go (usually at the worst time possible), leaving an unsuspecting homeowner with thousands of dollars of damage. But when left, damaged or faulty pipes can cause a plethora of problems.

And in case that wasn’t enough, the repair work typically requires a lot of digging and moving around to reach the underground pipe.

Thankfully, there are now multiple repair options, including trenchless technology, which enables technicians to repair a damaged pipe through just a small hole in the ground (happy days!).

What is trenchless pipe repair?

Trenchless pipe repair is precisely what it says on the tin: a way to repair or replace existing water or sewer pipes with minimal digging.

Not only are trenchless pipe repairs less invasive, but they take less time and are more cost-effective too.

How is a trenchless repair done?

First, a camera is snaked through your drains to identify the issue or location of the damage. Once found, there are two trenchless repair methods: lining and bursting.

Lining

Trenchless sewer pipe lining repairs involve a flexible resin-coated tube being pulled or blown into the damaged pipe. The resin then hardens, creating a new pipe within the old one.

The process is perfect for older properties with dated systems and can help existing lines last a further 50 years.
Bursting
The bursting method is thought to be more superior to pipe lining. It’s preferred for sewer line repairs as it’s less likely to corrode or get damaged by harsh cleaners and chemicals.

A hydraulically powered bursting head pulls a seamless, high-quality HDPE pipe replacement, in the place of the existing pipe, without losing any capacity.

Bursting can also be more cost-effective when there are challenging obstacles around your line, such as patios, porches, trees, and pavement.

Trenchless pipe repair vs. traditional methods

In most cases, the upfront cost for traditional water and sewer pipe repairs is cheaper. But, this doesn’t always include the excavation to reach the old pipe nor the relandscaping fees. And if your contractors do help with landscaping, the tell-tale signs they were there will still show.

Cost aside, a trench in the middle of a street, walkway, or nearby a business can inconvenience not just your household or customers but passers-by, too. Trenchless repairs, on the other hand, are far less invasive.

How long does a trenchless sewer repair take?

Trenchless repairs can take a day or two, but a minor repair may only need a couple of hours. In comparison, traditional sewer repairs can take anywhere from a few days to several weeks (not to mention the time to make everything look pretty again)!

Cons of trenchless pipe repairs

There are some occasions when corrosion and old age win the day, and, sadly, a trenchless repair is not possible. At times when the pipe is unsalvageable, a trenched sewer repair is the only possibility.

Just be assured that although there may be some temporary cosmetic alterations above ground, the vital work underground will be better than ever!

Think you have a broken water or sewer line? Call us on (978) 293-5770 or schedule a service as soon as possible to avoid further damage and expense.