Minimally Invasive Sewer Pipe Repair and Pipe Replacement Throughout the Greater Indianapolis Area
Having your property dug up for a major sewer line repair is not likely to be at the top of your wish list. Back in the day, if a sewer pipe sprung a leak or the pipes required replacement, Indianapolis homeowners had no other choice but to have their sewer dug up. This process is time consuming and required demolition of landscaping and pavement above. It’s expensive and even more so when you consider the cost of restoring landscaping and patching driveway damage.
Traditional trenching methods are still sometimes used to install new pipe for home sewer line use. As technology has advanced all around us, so has plumbing technology. We now have new options to get the job done faster while eliminating virtually all destruction required to complete the job.
At Williams Comfort Air, we know our customers want options and they don’t want hassles. That’s why we offer non-invasive “NO DIG” trenchless technology for major pipe repair and pipe replacement. Trenchless pipe bursting is a cleaner, easier, more economical, and safer way to install replacement pipe for a home’s sewer line. We have the ability to perform repairs or replacement, accessing underground pipes with minimal disturbance to the surface… including your driveway, porch, sidewalk, and landscaping.
What Is Trenchless Pipe Bursting?
Trenchless pipe bursting is a new method for performing pipe repair or pipe replacement underground. For good reason, this technique is a wildly popular sewer replacement method as it is less invasive, quicker, and more cost effective. It is used to replace old sewer pipes made of vitrified clay pipe (VCP), asbestos cement, concrete, and PVC. Due to its brittleness, cast iron pipes are not a good candidate for replacement using pipe bursting.
When bursting pipe, a replacement pipe is affixed to a bursting head and pushed through a small access hole using a pull rod or hydraulic power. The replacement pipe is inserted along the path of the existing pipe that lays damaged underground. The base of the bursting head is larger than the existing pipe, so it causes the existing pipe to break apart as the pipe bursting equipment moves forward. The new pipe is pulled behind the bursting head, taking the place of the old pipeline without having to dig it out of your yard.
Modern pipe bursting can be completed in a matter of hours! Traditionally, the process to replace sewer pipes could take days, and even longer to restore the surface of the property back to its former state. With trenchless pipe bursting, there is very little disturbance to your yard… no trench… just a small access hole. The replacement pipes offer long service life, up to fifty years.
Because the process is so simple and efficient, pipe bursting has become one of America’s preferred pipe replacement methods and has created national awareness of trenchless technology. Many homeowners and sewer industry professionals like Williams Comfort Air prefer the pipe bursting method when applicable. A skilled pipe burster makes quick work of sewer repairs and replacement, which allows homeowners to enjoy restored drainage from their plumbing systems sooner.
Inspecting Your Clogged Drain for Trenchless “No Dig” Sewer Line Replacement
Sewer line clogs are caused by a number of issues. Our professional sewer repair and replacement crew members perform a camera inspection to show the cause of the clog. This information is valuable, as it helps Indianapolis homeowners learn how to fix the problem instead of just treating the symptom by unclogging the drain. When you are able to visualize the different materials that have come together to form a clog and completely close off your pipes, you know what to keep out of your drains in the future.
Sometimes, clogs aren’t the only issue that affects a sewer pipe and causes poor drainage. Damaged pipes also prevent the flow of waste out of the home. Camera inspection allows our plumbers to see this damage as well as the clog, so we can determine if repairs or replacement of pipes is necessary.
When the diagnosis of your clogged drain requires a repair or replacement of an underground sewer pipe, we know you don’t want to disturb your property any more than necessary. That’s why our sewer repair and replacement crews are trained in the use of trenchless technology. By choosing trenchless technology when appropriate, the sewer repair or replacement is performed with as little disturbance to your property as possible.
Sewer Line Repairs with Trenchless Pipe Lining
It is not always necessary to install an entirely new sewer line when the existing pipe is damaged. If damage is confined to one area, a repair may suffice. Repairs can also be performed with trenchless methods through a process called pipe lining. This method involves the use of a resin liner that is inserted into the underground pipe. Once in place, air pressure is used to seal the liner against the interior walls of the existing pipe.
With pipe lining repairs, the liner minimally reduces the inside diameter of the sewer pipe. However, the difference is so small that it has no negative impact on drainage. Using this trenchless repair method paired with our camera visualization technology, guesswork and unnecessary digging to locate damage is eliminated from the repair process. Pipe lining is fast, safe, and highly cost effective.
Is Trenchless Sewer Line Replacement Right for Me?
Trenchless sewer pipe replacement is the best option to avoid the disruption and costs associated with digging long trenches in your yard and tearing up landscaping, hardscaping, driveways and other structures that are frequently in the way when replacing damaged sewer lines. For traditional trenching, you’re often forced to pay to dig up the street in front of your home, for traffic to be rerouted, and for repairs to any city-owned property or main sewer lines. The cost for all of this work can range from a few thousand dollars to upwards of $20,000 or more.
Are Trenchless Pipe Bursting and Pipe Lining Worth It?
Trenchless options for sewer line repair replacement have been around for about 15 years, but they’re still not well-known options amongst homeowners. The cost of pipe bursting is typically around 30 to 50 percent more than conventional digging in some cases, but it can still be more cost effective because of the hidden costs that come about with open surface pipe repair and replacement.
When trenchless methods are used, there is barely any damage to your property. You are not forced to spend thousands of dollars in additional restorative work nor paying the city for the damage your plumbing service caused.
Depending on where you live, as well as the condition and configuration of your pipes, trenchless sewer line replacement might be the smartest option for you. Talk to your trusted Williams Comfort Air plumbing professional about all options to get the full picture of what you’re looking at with each before you decide.
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