The sewer line is arguably the most important part of your plumbing: carrying waste and wastewater out of your home and into the nearby civic sewer system. In and of itself, it’s no different from any other length of pipe, save that it’s large and buried in the ground beneath your yard.
That keeps it safer from wear and tear than most pipes, but when trouble does arise, it presents a thorny problem. How can you reach a pipe to repair a leak or a clog when the pipe itself is buried underground?
Sewer repair used to be an expensive and time-consuming project. The pipe had to be excavated, which required extra employees and even construction equipment rental in some cases. That took time, and often left a horrible mess in its wake: forcing you to pay even more for landscaping services to restore your yard.
Fortunately, that’s no longer the case. The advent of trenchless technology means that you can no fix your sewer line without having to dig: saving time and considerable expense in the process. That takes one of the most daunting tasks in household plumbing and breaks it down to size. Here’s a breakdown of how it all works, and why it’s so much more efficient than it was just a few years ago.
It Starts with Video Inspection
A video inspection serves as the beginning of the process: sending a tiny camera and a light down on a flexible cable inside the pipe itself. That allows the technician to pinpoint the exact spot of the problem, as well as potential causes cause as tree roots creating a clog or corrosion resulting in a leak. That allows the technician to plan repairs properly, armed with the necessary knowledge to do the job right.
Fix the Problem without Digging.
In most cases, two small holes can be dug on either side of the problem spot. The proper corrective measures can then be run down between the holes. For instance, a leak can be plugged by running an inflatable lining coated with adhesive, and then inflating it like a balloon to seal the sides of the pipe. Or a mechanical snake can be run down to break up a clog of blockage. Once the process is completed, the holes can be reburied in a short amount of time, leaving the repairs in place to restore your sewer line.
Either way, the process is conducted in a fraction of a time it would take to dig, and can be accomplished in a day or less in most cases. In addition because there is little damage to the yard, you don’t need to task any landscaping services to restore your greenery: providing further reductions in cost. Best of all, trenchless technology works quite well, and once in place can readily stand up to years of regular usage of your sewer line.
For trenchless sewer line repairs in the Espanola, NM area, call the friendly pros at Santa Fe Express Plumbing & Drain today!