In the old days, meaning fifteen to twenty years ago residential, commercial, and industrial property owners only had one choice when it came to having their sewer system repaired. Plumbing contractors have been incorporating the use of the traditional excavation method since long before they utilized heavy-duty excavation machines to dig the holes in the ground. This outdated process requires the excavation of a large and destructive trench that runs along the length and depth of the sewer pipeline. Physically exposing the sewer pipes was the only way that the necessary fixes could be made.
Of course the trench destroys anything and everything in its path including expensive landscaping, such as lawns, bushes, and trees, and hardscaping including driveways, patios, and parking lots to name a few. Fortunately trenchless sewer repair methods have been available in the Bountiful, Utah area for approximately fifteen years. Sophisticated plumbing contractors, like Restore Pipe Systems now operate technologically advanced machinery as opposed to damaging excavation equipment. There are actually two types of trenchless sewer repair methods as referenced below.
Trenchless Pipe Lining
If the existing sewer pipes are in semi-decent shape than the trenchless pipe lining method can be performed. Instead of a large and destructive trench a small access point is made at one end of the sewer pipeline. A high-tech machine uses the access point to install a pipe liner into the existing pipes. The liner consists of a specially formulated wet epoxy resin that sticks to all interior surfaces of the sewer pipeline. After it is applied, the epoxy resin cures in place or fully hardens within a few hours.
At that point a hard, impenetrable pipe within a pipe is formed. It instantly seals any chips, cracks, breaks, or rotten spots within the existing sewer pipeline, and prevents future problems from occurring. The new liner will last for upwards of fifty plus years. The entire trenchless pipe lining process can be completed from start to finish in one day, and costs approximately fifty-percent less money than the traditional excavation method.
Trenchless Pipe Bursting
If the existing sewer pipes are broken to the point that the pipe lining method will not work, than trenchless pipe bursting is performed. Two small access points are made, one at each end of the sewer pipeline. A different high-tech machine uses the access points to install a one-piece, plastic PVC pipe through the existing sewer pipes. The new plastic PVC pipe breaks the old broken pipes apart as it is being worked through the system. The fragmented pieces of the old sewer pipeline burst in an outward motion and are naturally disbursed into the ground where they are left to rot.
When the process is complete the new plastic PVC pipe one hundred percent replaces the old one. The new sewer pipeline will last upwards of one hundred plus years. The entire trenchless pipe bursting process can be completed from start to finish in one day, and costs significantly less money than the traditional excavation method.