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How Does Trenchless Sewer Line Replacement Work?


If you live in an older home in Kansas City, the lifespan of your home’s plumbing system may be in the back of your mind, or even at the top of your mind. If your sewer is 40-years-old or older, it may be a matter of time before it needs to be replaced.

Perhaps your home was recently built in an older neighborhood. If that’s the case, your home’s plumbing may not be connected to a new pipe. Instead, it may be connected to an older pipe with traditional methods and connections. Homeowners understand the gravity of clogs in existing sewer lines, especially old sewer pipes; but many homeowners do not know about trenchless pipe replacement and relining, allowing for a new sewer line without digging!

We’ve found that a lot of people are afraid of having to replace their sewer – for some homeowners, it’s their biggest fear! This is especially the case if they live in an older neighborhood, with big, beautiful, mature trees. Trees with thirsty roots that wreak havoc on your home’s sewer, breaking through and trying to get to the ends of the pipe and the water within, with the potential of creating serious clogs.

Normally after trying to remove clogs via an auger or hydro jetter, the next step would be a video camera and video inspection of the line, which would then give a more clear picture of what’s going on. With A-1 Sewer & Septic Service, we provide you with a digital copy of the video work, along with any estimates, on a USB thumb drive for your records and future reference. You can see our video camera inspection prices as well as other plumbing, drain cleaning, water heater installation, sewer service pricing and more, on our prices page.

When it comes to replacing that sewer pipe with a new pipe, there are trenchless sewer line replacement options that will get your existing pipe working again, and keep your landscaping from being ruined by digging up your damaged sewer line in the repair process to replace your old one.

This is where trenchless sewer replacement or trenchless pipe lining may be among the most cost-effective options, than traditional methods, when trenchless technology has come so far, and the trenchless sewer pipe repair methods are so secure and proven.

Have You Considered a Trenchless Method?

If you’ve had nightmares about digging up your whole yard, ruining your English Garden, or even having to plow through that beautiful patio or wooden deck you installed to complete the look of your home and landscaping, you’re not alone.

If you love your home that sits on a majestic, tree-lined street but is afraid of the old pipes that sit below, and the possible tree roots that are trying to break-through, you may want to consider a trenchless sewer line replacement – a great alternative over a full-blown excavation.

The trenchless methods have been around for about 15 years, but a lot of homeowners are not aware of them. Since many sewer line replacements are decided upon in emergency situations, homeowners don’t always have the time to do their research and learn about this alternative to excavation.

Signs you may need a sewer line replacement in the near future:

  • Your home is more than 40-years-of-age
  • Your neighbors are having theirs replaced
  • You live on a street lined with old, mature trees

As you probably know, a sewer pipe replacement can really disrupt your yard. The traditional methods can force you to dig up lush landscaping, irrigation systems, and they can even force you to dig up patios and driveways when the lines run beneath them.

If you are looking for ways to avoid this total disruption of your yard, a trenchless sewer line repair or sewer pipe lining, may help you avoid the backhoe altogether. If you opt for a “no dig” sewer replacement, you bypass the need for digging up your whole yard, and the results from most trenchless sewer repair work are fantastic.

Trenchless Sewer Line Repairs & Replacement

Without going into too much detail, we’ll tell you that trenchless sewer line techniques have become popular among our customers and homeowners across the nation. In simple terms, the modern method pulls a new pipe through the old, damaged one. This method is called pipe bursting. A pipe bursting head is sent through the damaged pipe to break it apart while dragging the new pipe through the place pipe. Epoxy and other bonding agents are used to seal and provide the performance of a new pipe.

Another popular method is pipelining, which is where a pipe liner is pulled into the damaged pipe and then inflated. Pipelining may not work if the lateral joints have collapsed. If pipelining is not an option, pipe bursting may still be an effective alternative.

Generally, both pipe bursting and lining are equally effective and durable, and many of them come with warranties ranging from 10 to 50 years.

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