What is Trenchless Sewer Line Replacement?

All the drains in your home are connected to the main sewer line that carries the wastewater from your home to the city sewer system. However, as we previously expanded upon, the sewer line is susceptible to an array of potential hazards that can slow down or completely stop the wastewater flow. This is far from a mere inconvenience as this can cause horrible damage to your home. These problems include leaks, clogs, damage caused by tree roots or shifting soil. If you are lucky, the worst problem you will be faced with is not being able to use your plumbing system. The worst case scenario ranges from property damage to health risks due to wastewater exposure.

One of the ways to approach sewer line replacement in San Diego is by using a method called trenchless sewer line replacement. This is a very fast, effective and tested method to resolve any sewer line issues on residential and commercial properties, eliminating some of the issues associated with the traditional sewer replacement method.

What is Trenchless Sewer Line Replacement?

Trenchless sewer line replacements doesn't require extensive digging or excavation because a new pipe is created within the existing one instead of creating a large trench. There are many benefits of trenchless sewer line repairs. It is less disruptive to the property, faster to complete, and has lower overall costs.

There are different methods for conducting a trenchless sewer line replacement:

  1. Pipe lining: In this process, a resin-coated liner is inserted into the sewer pipe, and then the liner is inflated and cured to form a new, seamless pipe.

  2. Pipe bursting: In this method, the old sewer pipe is broken apart with a bursting head while a new sewer pipe is pulled behind it.

  3. Directional drilling: This technique involves drilling a new path for the replacement pipe by drilling a small hole on both ends of the sewer line.

  4. Slip lining: Basically, this involves enclosing the new smaller diameter pipe with the old sewer line, effectively creating a pipe within a pipe.

How it Works

The trenchless sewer repair process involves digging two access point holes, one where the sewer pipe exits the home or commercial building and the other at the point where the sewer is connected to the mainline. Then, a steel cable is threaded through the damaged sewer pipe and a hardened steel head is attached to the end of the cable. A new pipe is attached to the rear and a hydraulic system pulls the cable. The new pipe is pulled through the old one. The old pipe bursts and the pieces of it are pushed into the surrounding soil. Ne new pipe is connected to the system. Our experts then inspect the pipes and fill the dug holes.

Safe and Fast

The trenchless sewer replacement method takes just a few days. The damage is fixed by digging small holes that are only a few feet wide. This method saves time, it is safe and is becoming a popular way to resolve many sewer line issues.

A More Convenient Method

The biggest benefit of trenchless sewer repair is the fact that it has a minimal impact on your property and your everyday routine. With trenchless sewer replacement, your property is not affected and the need for expensive landscaping is completely eliminated. This is a minimally invasive procedure that is more convenient and less stressful.

Traditional vs Trenchless

The traditional sewer replacement method involves the damaged sewer lines being replaced by digging trenches to reach the affected areas. The damaged pipe is then removed, replaced and the trench filled again. While it is true that traditional trenching can take longer than trenchless sewer replacement, it is often less expensive upfront. However, when doing a traditional sewer replacement, you also have to factor in the cost of redoing your landscaping – depending on the scope of the project. Even though trenchless sewer replacement is growing in popularity, it’s not necessarily so in San Diego. San Diego is traditionally plagued with hard water, which has had a harmful effect on the piping and sewer lines by causing extensive corrosion. In cases when a pipe is heavily corroded, traditional sewer replacement is usually a better option than trenchless.

Contact Our Trenchless Sewer Line Experts

If you are troubled by a burst sewer pipe or experiencing issues due to sewer line damage, contact Plumbing Plus, the premier San Diego plumbing service. With cutting-edge equipment and expertise to match, we can quickly locate and resolve any sewer pipe issues. If you need professional sewer line replacement look no further.