The Pros and Cons of Trenchless Pipe Replacement
If you’ve ever had to repair your sewer lines or indoor plumbing, or perhaps have heard the stories told by others, then you know how arduous the process can be. So if you need new water lines or pipes, chances are you’re not looking forward to the experience. But what if there was an alternative to traditional sewer and water pipes? Instead of digging up your lawn or driveway and making your yard look ugly and causing a long list of inconveniences for your home, you can now go for trenchless pipe replacement.
Simply put, trenchless pipe replacement (sometimes called pipe rehabilitation, pipe break, trenchless or no-dig technology) is when underground pipes are replaced without digging long, ugly trenches that disrupt lawns, sidewalks, driveways and other features of your property. In fact, when using trenchless pipe replacement, there is 90% less damage to the ground or concrete work. Of course, this is not the only reason, although a good one, why many people opt for trenchless pipes instead of traditional ones. Here are some of the other advantages of trenchless pipe replacement.
- Pipe rehab can save on your water, electric, and gas lines because they don’t need to be turned off or reinstalled due to digging a new sewer line.
- If you have a problem with your sewer/water lines in the future, a trenchless system works more effectively with a sewer inspection camera, making it easier to determine where the problem is.
- No-dig technology means water flows better and the plumbing system is more durable than “traditional” pipes.
- Trenchless pipe replacement is more economical than sewer line replacement because there is no need to dig up sewer lines and destroy existing landscaping and cement work. As a result, you won’t have the additional expense of repairing your patio once the job is complete.
- Trenchless pipe replacement can be done anywhere, whether you live in the mountains, in the city or on the beach, no region is off limits for pipe rehab.
- Any future repairs are easily done through the 2 small access points at each end of the pipe, meaning there is no need to uncover the entire system.
Like anything else in life, if there are advantages to something, there are usually disadvantages as well. Trenchless pipe replacement is no different. Here are the disadvantages of trenchless pipe replacement:
- To keep additional lines (electric, gas, etc.) from being damaged, it may be necessary for workers to manually dig the yard to establish where these lines are located.
- The cost of labor can be higher than the equipment used.
- From time to time, it may be necessary to remove some of the landscaping, but only if the root system of the plants will cause problems in the future.