After investing time, money, and energy into your home’s beautiful yard, the last thing you want is to dig it up to repair a broken sewer line. Before cured-in-place piping was invented, excavating your lawn or flower beds would have been your own recourse. Fortunately, many homeowners can now benefit from trenchless sewer line repairs while their yards remain intact.
What Is Trenchless Sewer Line Repair?
Your home’s sewer line is a pipe that transports all of the wastewater and sewage from your home to either the municipal sewer or a septic tank. Over time, a sewer line can crack or break open due to shifting earth, invasive tree roots, major clogs, and more.
Trenchless sewer line repair allows a plumber to repair the pipe without having to unearth the broken pipe and put in a new one. A plumber can perform a trenchless repair on several types of pipe materials, including PVC, plastic, cast iron, concrete, and clay.
How Does Trenchless Sewer Line Repair Work?
A trenchless sewer line repair job is relatively straightforward. First, the plumber inserts a camera into the broken pipe to:
- make sure that a trenchless repair will work
- get an idea of where the damage is and how bad it is
Next, the plumber cleans the inside of the broken pipe with a hydro jetter and plumbing snake. After that, the plumber inserts a resin- or epoxy-covered tube into the pipe that needs the repair. Once the tube is inside the broken pipe, the plumber inflates the tube up against the pipe walls. The plumber then leaves the tube in place to harden.
Once the resin or epoxy cures, it forms a new, hard pipe wall, sealing up any gaps that were present before. The entire process takes place underground, so it never disrupts your landscaping or hardscaping. The plumber will perform a final inspection to make sure that the repair was performed successfully. Typically, the entire process can be completed in one day.