Repair your home’s sewage system is quite an undertaking — especially if you use the conventional method mostly used today. Under the conventional method, repair crews have to dig up large trenches in your front- or backyard in order to access the sewer lines directly. This causes serious damage to the lawn and anything on it — decks, patios, gardens, sheds, etc. As a result, homeowners often have to pay for restoration on top of the actual work on the pipes. Needless to say, this is not something most homeowners want to do but do so anyway because they have no choice.

That is, until recently.

Trenchless pipe repair makes any sewer line repair much easier and considerably less destructive. Trenchless sewer repair work involves using cured in place pipe (CIPP) liners to replace the pipes without having to actually remove them. CIPP liners are made of resin and are seamless, jointless, highly durable, and are able to fit into pipes with diameters as small as 4 inches and as large as 110 inches. CIPP liners are drawn through the existing pipes by a small hole from above; an existing manhole will usually do. The lines are lead through the pipes by a complex machine which uses a combination of steam and water to move them. Once the liners are set in place, the resin is left to harden. The new harden resin pipes are effectively the new sewer pipes.

The most obvious advantage to the trenchless method is that it spares the lawn above the pipe any damage. It is also much quicker than the conventional method. Trenchless sewer line repair usually takes just a few days while the normal method takes up to two weeks. The resin pipes last up to 50 years, the same as a metal pipe. So, if you have sewer pipes older than 40 years, you should consider having them replaced and, moreover, using the trenchless method.