Sewer Line Replacement Costs and Methods
Sewer lines are a vital system of your business, home, and the community where you live. Thus, any major repair or system replacement will have a big impact on the area. Many factors can affect the cost of replacing a sewer line. These include the materials used, length of required pipe for the job, and the method to be used in replacing the lines.
Sewer Line Replacement Methods, Costs, and Pros & Cons
Traditional Sewer Line Replacement Method
The traditional method of replacing a sewer line may be as simple as requiring the use of only a shovel. On the other hand, it can be very complicated, and may require the use of trenchers, backhoes, and other heavy equipment for digging the affected pipes, and then replacing them.
Any method that involves the use of heavy equipment is invasive. It can affect drive and walkways, lawns, fence lines, and landscaping in homes around the area where repair work is being done.
The cost to replace a sewer line using the traditional method is lower compared to the cost involved using the modern trenchless method of replacing a sewer line. But, it is more destructive and more labor-intensive than the modern method.
Trenchless Sewer Line Replacement Method
The initial cost to replace a sewer line using the trenchless method may be higher. But, it is minimally invasive, requires less time to complete, and involves the use of quality materials that can last for more than 50 years. It requires only 1 or 2 holes for installation. Thus, if your home is near the area where repair work is ongoing, you don’t have to worry about your landscaping, lawn, walkway, driveway, or any other area in your property being affected.
Materials Used for Trenchless Repairs
Compared to traditional sewer line replacement methods, a trenchless repair may cost more. But, it has more advantages. Also, the cost difference will be minimal if you factor in the cost to replace or repair affected landscaping, lawns, driveways, and walkways.
One material that makes it possible to have trenchless line replacements is the CIPP, or cured-in-place-pipe. It utilizes long cloth socks for lining the damaged sewer line, then infusing it with resin. When the resin sets in place, it hardens, and results in a brand-new pipe.
Applications that use CIPP include lateral lining, lateral reinstatement, and municipal pipe lining. You can push or pull the material into place. The number of access points the plumber or technician should make to change the pipe will depend on the method used.
Another material used for trenchless line repairs is the pipe bursting material. It is often used as a last resort, or when other methods have been used but failed.
Pipe bursting offers the advantage of having your sewer line replaced and of increasing the pipe’s diameter. This results to better volume flow. This is the perfect solution if you have a growing requirement for your property. You get what you need without having to install additional lines.
The sewer line replacement method is possible due to the material’s special splitting head. While being installed, it blasts the existing pipe out of its way. A new pipe attached to the splitting head’s back is then moved into place.
The method involves making two tiny holes in the ground. One is made at the entry point, while the other is made at the pipe’s end. This allows plumbing technicians to replace long pipe sections in a virtually seamless manner without having to tear up big sections of your property.