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Understanding the Modern Plumbing Method of Trenchless Repair

When there is a serious problem with a large pipe, like a main drainage or supply pipe, a person will think of plumbers using excavators to dig a trench to access the problem pipe. While this is an effective method that plumbing professionals still use, it can destroy a lawn and may even end up causing structural damage to the home. Tried and true methods of pipe repair that are minimally invasive may be a cost-effective and efficient solution to a home’s plumbing problems.

Methods for Trenchless Pipe Repairpipe

While trenchless pipe replacement is not as well known as its more traditional counterpart, the method has been around for over 50 years and is incredibly effective. There are several ways of repairing pipes without digging up a yard or putting holes in walls or floors. Listed below are the main types of trenchless repair:
  • Slip Lining: This form of pipe replacement has been used effectively since the 1940s and involves sliding a pipe of a slightly smaller diameter into the larger damaged pipe.
  • Pipe Bursting: This is similar to slip lining, forcing a new pipe into the same space the old one occupied. It breaks the old pipe and cannot be used in cases of collapsed pipe.
  • Spray Lining: Professionals using this method thoroughly clean the pipe to be repaired with hydro-jetting and then spray it with a practically indestructible coating, plugging leaks and creating a smooth surface for excellent water flow.
  • CIPP: Cured-In-Place Pipe is a repair method in which a flexible material such as felt is impregnated with epoxy, put in place, and allowed to cure or harden, thus creating a replacement pipe.

What Pipes or Problems are Eligible for Trenchless Repair?

Unfortunately, one cannot use trenchless sewer line repair in every circumstance. Traditional methods will need to be employed if a pipe is fully broken or collapsed. One can fix many plumbing issues with one of the previously-mentioned noninvasive methods. Here are some of the pipe issues that one can repair with trenchless methods:

  • Corroded pipes
  • Cracked pipes
  • Punctured pipes
  • Misaligned pipes

The material of these pipes can vary widely, and one can use trenchless repair on most types of pipe, including cast iron and clay.

savingWhy Homeowners Should Consider Trenchless Repair

Trenchless repair can be more cost-effective than traditional methods (often saving hundreds of dollars), but it is usually completed more quickly and with far less destruction. The collateral damage from traditional methods can be more expensive to repair than the cost of the plumbing fix. A sewer line replacement, for example, might take a week using traditional methods but may only take 24 to 48 hours using trenchless sewer line replacement. The materials used in trenchless methods are also not subject to corrosion and can last more than fifty years without needing any maintenance. 

About Affordable Plumbing, Heating & Air

For more than 20 years, Affordable Plumbing, Heating & Air has provided Fairhope, AL and the surrounding areas with 24-hour service every day of the week. They strive to educate their customers to help them make the best decisions for their homes. Call today to experience their white glove clean up and upfront pricing on plumbing repair.