Sewer line problems can range from a blocked drain pipe and slow-moving drain to a broken drain pipe or old, damaged pipes. None of these are pleasant in any way, and any homeowner or property manager would want to have the problem fixed as soon as possible. In light of this, your next line of action is to explore the best sewer repair solution available to you. 


Traditionally, sewer line repairs involve digging out the bad pipes and replacing them with new, better ones. However, the problem with this method is that it usually leaves your home messy, can be invasive and is costly. For at least a decade now, a more effective, less intrusive, and cost-effective option has been the go-to solution for many people, especially millennials. This method is known as trenchless sewer repair.

Why Trenchless Sewer Repair?

Trenchless sewer repair by far delivers a cleaner, more eco-friendly, and effective sewer line repair solution when compared to the traditional method. The major differentiator is the fact that there’s no digging involved in the process. 


But is trenchless sewer repair such a magic solution that has no disadvantages? Does this mean nothing could go wrong? Indeed, trenchless sewer line repair does have its downsides, despite its wide acceptance over traditional sewer repairs. 


In this post, we’ll walk you through the good and bad sides of trenchless sewer repair methods. 


It is environmentally friendly

Trenchless sewer repair is widely accepted as gentle to the environment. Considering that it does not involve the digging of trenches and excavation as typically known with the traditional method, it is an environmentally-friendly sewer repair method. With trenchless sewer repair can likely preserve your special lawn and save your home’s landscape from getting destroyed however, at times it may be destructive to paved areas and driveways.  


This is really a no-brainer. Between traditional and trenchless sewer repair, the most affordable option is trenchless sewer repair. Taking away the cost of removing obstacles, breaking the earth within your premises, digging to uncover the broken or damaged pipes, and fixing back all the damages, it is pretty obvious that trenchless pipe repair may save you a lot of money. However, keep in mind that the actual cost of repairs in your plumbing system depends on the extent of the damage. 

Longer lasting solution

The old or damaged pipe is replaced using either of three very effective sewer pipe replacement/repair techniques — pipe relining cured-in-place pipelining) and pipe bursting. In these cases, the damaged pipe is replaced by installing a new pipe made of resin right inside it. Studies on this method of pipe repair reveal that it is much more durable than the previous PVC pipes used in most commercial and residential buildings. In fact, pipes installed with trenchless pipe repair methods last up to 50 years. 

Preliminary investigation

This is another major difference between traditional sewer line repair and trenchless sewer repair. While the former does not see the inside of the pipes, the latter first involves the inspection of the pipes with a live camera inserted through the pipes. 


This gives the sewer and drain specialist an idea of where exactly the fault is arising from, as well as how best to fix the issue. In fact, this preliminary camera inspection tells the professional if the problem should even be solved using trenchless sewer line repair. At N.W Sewer & Drain, this is an integral part of the repair process. 

Takes less time to complete

Obviously, seeing as how the process eliminates the digging of trenches, we can assume that trenchless pipe repair takes less time to accomplish. But that is not all. Depending on the complexity of the situation or severity of the damage, you can have a trenchless sewer repair completed sometimes within a few hours. 

It is less-invasive

Traditional sewer line repair can lock you out of your own home, denying you access to basic things like toilets and bathrooms. You may not even have access to water throughout the renovations. Worse still, it can last 2-5 days before you can start using your home’s facilities again. Truly, this can be an agonizing experience, as you may be forced to lodge at a friend’s house or find a guest house nearby. 


On the contrary, trenchless pipe repair is minimally invasive. Although it involves the digging of a little hole to allow the introduction of the camera and “Bursting head”, which eventually does the actual installation of new drain pipes. None of these disturb you for anything. You can continue to use your house’s facilities with or without hitches at all. 

It is versatile in application

Although it has limitations, trenchless sewer line repair can be used for a variety of issues in your plumbing system. Blocked pipes, old pipes, cracked/broken pipes, and so on. It is also applicable for both residential and commercial sewer repairs. Again, this does not mean that trenchless sewer repair is the almighty solution for fixing a grounded sewer system. 


It requires expertise and special equipment

Before deciding on trenchless sewer line repair as the best solution for your situation, be sure to consult with a professional for advice. What might seem like the best solution may cause you more damages, so be sure to consult an experienced sewer and drain specialist. 

Not all sewer damages are salvageable with trenchless sewer repair

For trenchless sewer repair to be effective, the existing pipes must be substantially okay to allow the passage of the pipe bursting head through it and then replace it with the resin pipe. Usually, once the pipe is in place, it cures to form a new pipe within the old one. 

Get quality trenchless sewer line repair near you

Whether you’re looking to repair the sewer pipes in your residential property or office building, you can rely on our experience and expertise at N.W. Sewer & Drain. For about 20 years, we have provided top-notch drain cleaning services in Seattle. Our services cover many areas, such as Marysville, Oak Harbor, Arlington, Belingham, Everett, Bellevue, Kirkland, Shoreline, Renton, Lake Forest Park, Mountlake Terrace, Auburn, and other surrounding towns.


Our trenchless pipe repair procedure at N.W. Sewer & Drain includes the use of hydro-jetting (during trenchless pipe repairs) to clear out existing clogs before repairing the pipes. We also perform an initial inspection of your sewer line using a specialized live camera. For a highly effective, affordable, and timely sewer pipe repair, feel free to contact us today at 206-931-7728 to schedule an inspection of your sewer line and pipes.


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