Someday soon, your pipes will need to get repaired. When that happens, you could call a plumber and they’ll rip up your carefully manicured lawn in order to reach the pipes that need fixing. This method takes a long time, is labor intensive, and results in grass, plants, and maybe even your driveway strewn about the place in big piles. It’s an eyesore to say the least, and your lawn never looks quite the same—no matter how careful the plumber is about fixing it. Thank goodness then for trenchless pipe repair, which avoids that entire process.
How is Trenchless Pipe Repair Different?
In standard pipe repairs, the plumber digs a long trench so they can reach the pipes. Trenchless pipe repair is—in this case—precisely what it says it is. It’s repairs to an underground pipe without digging a trench. To get a bit more specific, holes are dug at the front and back of the line the plumber wants to replace. Then a new pipe is fed into the old pipe from one end and repairs are conducted without your lawn getting completely torn up.
What Types of Trenchless Repair are There?
Different plumbers perform different kinds of trenchless pipe repair. There’s pipe bursting, which involves pulling a new pipe through the damaged pipe while, at the same time, breaking the old pipe outward into pieces. This final stage is why the process is known as “bursting.” The new pipe replaces the old pipe, which is “burst” into pieces; this method is best for old pipes that aren’t in good condition anyway.
The second method is called pipe lining, or cured-in-place piping, and involves piping resin into the damaged line. The resin is then pressed against the wall of the old pipe and allowed to cure in place. The resultant pipe is smaller in diameter by roughly a quarter inch, which isn’t really enough to make a difference. Cured-in-place piping works best when the old pipe still has some structural integrity.
Trenchless pipe repair has the possibility to repair your broken pipes with a minimum of muss and fuss. This is easily 10-times better to repair your pipes than messy trench digging.
Need trenchless pipe repair services? Call Roy’s Plumbing today!