Trenchless Plumbing: Should I Repair Or Replace My Sewer Line?

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Even though residential trenchless plumbing has been around for about 15 years, a recent Angie’s List poll found that majority of users had never heard of this technology. That’s finally starting to change though as more and more homeowners’ sewer lines begin to age and break.

Whether it’s from tree root intrusion, a clog, frozen pipes, or just the ravages of time, homeowners will eventually have to grapple with a busted sewer line. In some cases, hydrojetting can solve the issue. In other cases, the sewer lateral line is punctured or broken. That leaves residents with an important question, should they save money with trenchless sewer repairs, or solve the problem once and for all with sewer line replacement?

To Replace Or Not To Replace: What Kind of Trenchless Sewer Repairs Work Best?

First, let’s explain the basics of Cured in Place Pipe lining, the preferred trenchless plumbing repair method. This method works equally well for your home’s six-inch sewer lines as it does for the massive, nine-foot public sewers, and it saves driveways, lawns, sidewalks, floors, and streets from destruction.

Rather than digging a trench to access the pipes, an epoxy pipe lining is fed through the broken lines. This CIPP lining is then heated, which causes it to cure in place, leaving behind a stronger pipe within a pipe. This method can be used to effectively patch a segment of a broken sewer line, letting homeowners or city officials cut sewer repair costs.

Of course, their trenchless plumber is likely going to advise against that, and not because he or she just wants more money. Sewer lines generally need to be replaced every 40 years, and many old pipes are already on their last legs. Even brand new homes are often connected to ancient sewer laterals. And chances are, whatever caused the line to break in the first place will continue to be an issue, meaning it’s only a matter of time before you have to call for yet another sewer pipe inspection.

If possible, it’s usually wiser and more cost-effective to go ahead and invest in a total sewer line replacement. Find a trenchless plumber in your area with a solid reputation and good reviews. Work with them to explore possible sewer repairs until you find a solution that fits your home and your budget.