Over time, the sewer line that runs from your home to your municipal sewer system faces many challenges, including soil compaction, grease buildup, tree root invasions, and pipeline deterioration. Damaged, clogged, and collapsed sewer lines are among the most frequent causes of emergency plumbing repair calls your Cleveland plumber addresses. While most sewer pipes will last for several decades or more without issue, when an issue does arise, all or some of the pipe must often be replaced. In the past, this meant extended outdoor work with heavy construction equipment to dig up and then replace the offending pipe. Today, trenchless repiping offers a faster, simpler, and less stressful solution to this common plumbing problem.
Pipe lining is a form of trenchless repiping that leaves the old pipe in place, but creates a new interior lining that is harder, stronger, and more stable than the original pipe. This solution is best if your sewer line is in relatively good shape, but suffers from cracks or other forms of deterioration that have allowed sewage to seep out of the pipe and into your yard. During trenchless pipe lining, your plumber coats the entire length of your sewer line with a cured-in-place epoxy lining, which is only a quarter of an inch thick but extremely durable and damage-resistant. This form of trenchless repiping typically requires your plumber to dig a single hole in your yard a few feet in diameter to access your sewer pipe and blow or pull the new lining through before it hardens.
If portions of your sewer line are severely damaged or even collapsed, pipe lining is not the best trenchless repiping solution. Instead, your plumber will perform pipe bursting, which destroys the old sewer line and leaves a new one in its place to solve your sewer line problem. The machinery used to break up the old line also creates space for the new pipe as it is pulled through, which solves the problem of collapsed or compressed soil blocking the flow from your sewer line. To complete this process, your plumber will need to dig two small holes at either end of your sewer line to pull the necessary machinery and materials through the old sewer pipe. All that’s needed is enough space in the old pipe to pull a cable through the area where your new sewer line will sit to complete trenchless repiping via this method.
If you’re experiencing sewer line issues, don’t wait—our Cleveland plumbing team is available 24 hours a day to address pressing residential and commercial plumbing problems and emergencies. We are pleased to offer services that include complete drain and sewer replacement via trenchless repiping so you won’t need to worry about weeks of inconvenience or damage to your property. You can learn more about our comprehensive plumbing solutions on the web, where you’ll also find additional blog articles and tips on handling plumbing issues and spotting the signs that it’s time to call a professional.