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Plumbers: Back Then, Today, and Tomorrow

When talking about any profession, most people tend to focus on the here and now. That's understandable. it's really important to know what's going on in the present tense. But you are missing out on some vital information if you never read and learn about the history of a profession. This applies to plumbing, in particular. You can really further your understanding of the profession by knowing how it began and what changes have been made over the years. That's why we sometimes reference the history of plumbing on this blog. We'll also dive into the future of the profession from time to time because, after all, you have to know where you're headed.




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Trenchless Sewer Line Repair

by Madison Dean

Sewer line repair can be a nightmare since sewer lines exist underground where we have limited access to the pipes. Of course, your sewer line must be in proper working order in order for you to feel comfortable in your home. Traditional repair methods involved digging into the ground and accessing the pipes at the direct location of the problem, taking a lot of time and coming with large repair bills. Today, contractors use trenchless sewer line repair methods that don't require as much digging as before. 

What Is Trenchless Sewer Line Repair?

Trenchless sewer line repair refers to sewer line repair that occurs above ground with only one or two access points required. Trenchless repair methods have become the preferred method for plumbers and homeowners alike as they get the job done more efficiently and more inexpensively.

Trenchless methods may not work if you have a sewer line with extensive damage, such as a burst pipe. You'll also need to perform drain cleaning before getting started. However, it works great for leaks and mild to moderate corrosion damage. Remain mindful that you may not have access to water during the repair work.

The two main trenchless repair methods are pipe bursting and pipe relining. 

Pipe Bursting 

Pipe bursting involves feeding a new pipe in place of the old pipe, using the host pipe as a guide. As the new pipe makes its way underground with the help of a hydraulic or pneumatic expansion head, it causes the old pipe to burst. The remnants combine with the soil and dissolve naturally. Pipe bursting works best when working on pipes less than 750 ft in length. 

Pipe Relining 

Pipe relining involves pouring a liquid with epoxy coating into your pipes, completely covering the old pipes. Once the liquid is in place, plumbers use heat or light to "cure" the liquid so that it hardens and creates a new pipe inside your old pipe. One of the more common forms of pipe relining is Cured-In-Place-Pipe Lining (CIPP Lining). While minimal, pipe relining may decrease the diameter of your pipe slightly. You may also notice an odor from the material used to create the new pipe, but the odor will dissipate in time. 

Modern technology continues to improve plumbing and plumbing repair and installation methods. When you need sewer line repair, reach out to a plumber near you and ask about trenchless sewer line methods.