Why Sewer Relining Is Better Than Other Forms of Repair
For most homeowners, there’s almost nothing more frightening than the prospect of a burst sewer pipe. It’s not hard to find horror stories about this happening, and almost as scary is the prospect of having a home or yard torn up for weeks on end with traditional pipe repairs.
The way to avoid both of these unpleasant prospects is pipe relining, which has many advantages over previous types of sewer line repair. Read on for more information.
Make your pipes last longer
If you have older pipes, you may be on borrowed time already. You can expect steel pipes to last you around 30 years, copper and brass to go around 50 years or more, and cast iron to manage for as long as 75 years. That all sounds like a long time, but if you’ve bought an older home, you might be through a good chunk of your pipe’s lifespan already.
You also might not know if the pipes were maintained well before you bought the property, and if you live in an area with hard water, this can significantly shorten the lifespan of your pipes. Worst of all, homes built between the 70s and 90s might even have polybutylene pipes, which are very likely to break.
Instead of having all your old pipes dug up and replaced, have them relined instead. The relining process involves inserting a resin into your pipes, which hardens over any cracks or weak points in the pipes. It’s like adding a second pipe inside of the original, which means you get twice the strength and only a very small loss in diameter.
Save time and money
If you do have a damaged pipe, getting it fixed can be seriously costly and time consuming. Just having the trench dug and cleaned up can cost an average of $1,400 to $1,500, and when you factor in pipe replacement or repairs, the costs can easily go up by another thousand or two.
It also takes a lot of time to do a traditional repair: it typically takes several days and possibly even weeks to get the trench dug, find and fix the problems, make sure you’ve gotten to all the problem pipes, and then rebuild the lawn. But a sewer relining can typically be accomplished in a day and at far less cost.
With sewer relining, you don’t have to pay for all the hours of labor necessary to dig a trench or tear up walls and floors in your home to reach pipes. You also don’t have to pay to put your yard or home back together once the repairs are finished.
Save yourself some grief
One of the worst things about major pipe repair is how intrusive it is for you and your family. If the problem is inside your house, there could be workers there from morning till evening for days on end, regardless of whether you need to get the kids to school or want to have some family time.
If the problem is outside, you could have digging equipment parked on your lawn for days. Even worse, if the problem extends to a pipe that goes into the street, you’ll have to get the municipal authorities involved, if only to re-route traffic. Just finding out when you need to get a permit to carry out a repair can be daunting.
When you choose sewer relining, you can skip all those issues. There’s no need to replant your lawn or rebuild your house, and the disruptions are minimal. Usually you can count on the professionals to be in and out in about a day, and there will likely be no need to get permits or approvals.
Getting a sewer line inspected and repaired used to be so costly, time-consuming, and difficult that many homeowners were tempted to cross their fingers and hope the pipes never had any problems. Trenchless pipe repair has changed all that, making it well worth a call to find out what can be done to extend the life of your pipes.