When sewer, water, and utility lines become damaged, time is of the essence. Waiting too long to repair the damage can result in more catastrophic consequences, and people must suffice without the services that make life easier. To exacerbate the problem, a team must dig far below the ground to locate and diagnose the problem. Thankfully, trenchless repair is making the time-consuming effort of digging holes obsolete. If you need to repair sewer, water, or utility lines, discover the benefits of going trenchless.
How Trenchless Repair Works
Before diving into the benefits of trenchless repair for sewer, water, and utility lines, here’s a crash course on how the technology works. A trained professional first uses a camera to find the damaged area of the pipe. Once they’ve determined the problematic area, they clear the pipe as much as possible with water and begin the trenchless operation.
Several trenchless technologies exist, but in most instances, workers dig out a small area to find an access point, although this area is far smaller than traditional trench repair. Using a mechanical guide pipe, technicians can implement techniques such as pipe bursting, micro tunneling, and horizontal directional drilling. In less severe cases involving sewer lines, workers may also access the line through the home and repair the area by using a cured-in-place pipe.
Trenchless Saves Time
Traditional trench digging is a time-consuming process. It requires a large staff of laborers to dig a hole or several holes over a day or several days. If the dig results in many complications such as flooding, a burst pipe, or the release of raw sewage, this can set the operation back even further. With trenchless repair, the amount of time spent digging and repairing is a fraction of traditional methods.
Trenchless Saves Money
Although the upfront costs of trenchless repair are often a bit higher than digging, many homeowners, business owners, and municipalities fail to factor in extraneous costs. Some crews might replace dug-out areas with sod, but few are willing to replace flowers, trees, gardens, or other landscaping. To return the affected area to the status quo, you have to buy all the plants and mulch again, as well as a gardener or your own time to complete the job.
With trenchless digging, none of this is a concern. Your landscaping and yard remain relatively untouched, and you may never know a crew was ever there. Plus, the smaller amount of workers and less need for heavy machinery can often make trenchless digging a better value.
Trenchless Repair Provides Better Plumbing and Sewer
Trenchless repair for utility lines is highly effective, but plumbing and sewer lines go one step further. Because trenchless repairs use seamless pipes, sewer and water lines get some distinct advantages.
The seamless pipe reduces the obstructions caused by pipes made of other materials. They also last longer, are far less likely to clog and are more accessible if repair or replacement is necessary for the future.
If you’re facing a potential disaster with a faulty sewer, water, or utility line, don’t get sucked into the trap of opting for traditional methods. With all of the benefits of trenchless repair, there’s no reason to fix the problem any other way.
EPS Engineering is an underground construction Bay Area contractor. We provide our services to residential, commercial and municipal clients throughout the San Francisco area. Contact us to discuss any upcoming projects.