Few pipe problems are as daunting as an issue with your sewer line, which carries wastewater from your whole home into the local municipal sewer system. The water it carries is contaminated and could make family members ill if the pipe leaked or backed up. And yet leaks and clogs do take place in sewer lines, as they do in any line. But because it affects the whole household, sewer line problems are particularly troublesome. Even worse, sewer lines are buried under the ground of your yard, which makes getting to the problem almost as difficult as repairing it.
At least that’s the way it used to be. Trenchless technology performs the job in a fraction of the time and cost of what sewer repair used to require. If you suspect a problem with your sewer line, trenchless technology can get the job done.
The Problems It Solves
In and of themselves, problems with sewer lines aren’t all that different than a problem in a more accessible piece of pipe such as under the sink. Any pipe technician worth their salt can patch a leak or unclog a drain. But getting to the sewer line used to mean a full-bore excavation, which meant renting expensive construction equipment and hiring extra workers to get the job done. The operation would likely take several days, and when it was done it would leave your yard a mess: forcing you to spend even more money on gardening and landscaping to get it looking right again. That’s way sewer line problems are rightly feared by homeowners as an expensive hassle.
The Way It Solves Them
Trenchless technology works mainly because it eliminated the need to fully excavate the pipe to fix. It starts with a video camera and light, lowered on a line into the pipe itself and connected to a tablet that allows the technician to get an accurate look at the problem. Not only can it identify the source and extent of the problem, but its exact location as well.
With all of those details in mind, the technician then digs two holes on either side of the problem spot. They can then lower the solution down one hole and pull it through the other one. In the case of leaks, for instance, slip lining or cured-in-place (CIPP) pipe can be applied to seal the leak. Other problems can be dealt with in a similar fashion.
That requires very little digging and when the operation is finished the hole can be sealed up again. Your yard is left intact, you’re not paying for expensive equipment, and the operation can usually be conducted in a single day. Best of all, the corrective measures work amazingly well, ensuring that the same problem won’t keep cropping up again and again.
If you suspect a sewer line problem in your Tacoma, WA home, turn off the water supply to the home and call in the best pipe technicians in the area: Insta-Pipe. We’ll be there in a flash and take care of the problem swiftly.