Sewer repairs used to be the stuff of nightmares for homeowners. Even a
simple clog could involve a massive digging project that uprooted your
yard to exposed the damaged line, a labor-intensive removal process, and
then the long and expensive process of rebuilding your yard when the job
was finished due to the irreparable damage caused. Today, the massive
headaches of a sewer extraction might be a thing of the past thanks to
trenchless sewer repair and replacement solutions. These options are easier,
less impactful, and provide you with a reliable and durable new sewer
line you can count on for decades to come!
Do you need to replace your sewer line? Schedule a sewer inspection and
discuss your options with a member of the team at EZ Flow Plumbing, LLC!
Dial (480) 351-1820 today.
Two Methods of Trenchless Sewer Repairs
Trenchless sewer repairs come in two different varieties: pipe bursting
and pipe relining. Both options can completely replace your existing sewer
line, but they go about it in two very different ways. Which way is right
for you? The answer will vary, but an experienced sewer pro from our team
can give you proper guidance after conducting a full video plumbing inspection
of your sewer line. This process involves feeding a specialized camera
into your sewer line so your plumber can see and evaluate the condition
of your line for themselves.
Trenchless Pipe Bursting
Pipe bursting involves actively destroying your current sewer line while
simultaneously putting a new pipeline in its place. This process involves
the use of a powerful winch as well as a hardened steel tool known as
a bursting head. The bursting head is slightly wider than the outer diameter
of your sewer line and cone-shaped to make guiding it down your sewer
As the winch pulls the bursting head through your sewer line, the head
literally tears your sewer line apart while still in the ground. However,
attached to the back of the bursting head is a new sewer pipeline constructed
from a flexible plastic material. Once the bursting head reaches the end
of the line, it is removed and the new, flexible pipeline is attached
to your drains and main sewer connection. The only digging this process
requires are two small holes—one at the start of the new line run
and one at the end. This is the ideal choice for pipelines that are too
badly damaged or destroyed to be eligible for pipe relining, but that
are free from major faults or issues like sagging or bellying that require
additional hands-on repairs.
Trenchless Pipe Relining
Pipe relining involves leaving your current sewer line in place and simply
placing a new, thin liner over the inside of it to seal cracks, stop leaks,
and create a new, smooth surface for water and waste to flow through.
The process begins with a sewer cleaning service to remove any debris
or gunk that may be stuck in the line, thus making the walls of your line
as smooth as possible. Once the line is clean, the replacement crew pulls
a resin-imbued pipe liner through your existing sewer line using a winch
tool. Once in place, the crew inflates the liner like a balloon, forcing
it to fill the entire inside area of the plumbing line. The liner is then
allowed to cure for a day or two.
Once the liner is dry and solid, your plumbers test it to ensure it has
cured properly and is leak-free. Once it passes this test, the new liner
is attached to your drain and sewer connections and the two small holes
that are dug on each end of the run are filled. This process can take
slightly longer than pipe bursting, but does allow you to still utilize
the existing sewer line you have in place. This is generally the preferable
option for most trenchless sewer repairs.