All You Need To Know About Trenchless Sewer Line Repairs

After years of reliable service, it is not unexpected for your home’s sewer line to need a repair. The pipe can crack due to old age, be crushed by an aggressive tree root, or become damaged by the soil’s shifting. And when any of these issues occur, you could be faced with raw sewage leaking in your yard or backing up inside your home. And the only way to avoid these messy problems is with a professional sewer line repair.

Old Style Sewer Line Repair

In the past, the only way to fix a damaged sewer line was to dig it up and couple in a new section of pipe. That process required a large trench to access the pipe and space for a person to climb down into it to reach the pipe. Most sewer pipes lie at five or six feel below grade. After the repair is completed, the trench needed to be filled and compacted to prevent future settling. Finally, the damage to your yard and landscape needed to be repaired. And it could take months or years for your yard to return to its previous appearance.

A New Repair Process

In recent years, the process of trenchless sewer line repair has become more popular and accessible. This process minimizes the damage to your yard by eliminating the digging to excavate the damaged sewer line. Instead, only a small hole is needed to deploy a liner into the existing broken pipe.

The actual repair is made with a flexible piece of pipe/liner coated with an epoxy resin. An inflatable bladder is placed inside the liner. It is used to expand the liner once it is in place at the point of the damage. It takes about 24 hours for the epoxy to cure and bond the liner to the old damaged pipe. The then bladder is deflated and removed. The sewer line’s repaired section is only about 1/4″ smaller in diameter than the original pipe. It will last for as long as 50 years.

Homeowners love trenchless sewer line repair for many reasons. But the two most popular are the less-invasive nature of the process and the lower cost. With less digging and clean up, the labor cost is significantly reduced.

The Best Applications For A Trenchless Sewer Line Repair

A trenchless sewer line repair is not suitable for every repair. But it is a viable option for many common types of damage to most types of sewer lines. The applications with the most successful outcomes include:

  • Cracked pipes
  • Pipes compromised by rust or corrosion leaks
  • Small sections of broken pipe
  • Pipes with separated joints
  • Pipes that invasive tree roots have damaged

What Issues Cannot Be Fixed With Trenchless Sewer Line Techniques?

Inserting a repair liner is suitable for most types of physical damage to a sewer pipe. But it is not a solution for a line that has bellied. A bellied sewer line occurs when a section of the pipe sinks from its original installation grade. Because sewer lines use gravity to move water and water, this lower section creates a pocket that collects waste and impedes the sewers’ flow. The trenchless liner is not able to correct the misalignment of a bellied pipe.

When you have an issue with your sewer line, a call to (928) 597-1680, is essential. The pros at PHD Yuma will examine your home’s sewer line with a tiny camera to determine the type of damage and the location. Then let you know if a trenchless repair can solve your sewer line issues.