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Sewer replacement is a massive plumbing repair project. You need to make sure you have all the information you need to make the right decision regarding this repair. If you hire honest and helpful plumbers, they’ll explain all the costs and techniques involved to ensure you walk into the project with your eyes open. Some plumbers won’t explain all of the options available to you so here’s a brief explanation of different sewer replacement techniques:
Traditional Sewer Replacement
This is a tried and tested method that works well to repair and replace sewers. Most experienced plumbers will know the entire process like the back of their hand and will be able to complete the project without any problems. Traditional sewer replacement has its pros and cons and we will explain them here:
- The plumbers will be able to see the actual pipe and determine the extent of the damage to it before they carry out the replacement or repair.
- Unlike trenchless repairs, most municipalities will permit this repair technique.
- Unfortunately, traditional sewer replacement is time-consuming and will ruin your lawn or garden. The plumbers will have to dig up the entire length of the damaged pipe to carry out their repairs.
- You’ll have to clean up and refinish your lawn and this may add to your expense, especially if you hire a professional to handle the task.
Trenchless Sewer Replacement
Trenchless sewer replacement has been around for over 15 years and is now considered to be a highly effective way to replace damaged pipes. During this process, the plumbers only need to dig two small trenches on either side of the damaged pipe and use the replacement machine to either replace or reline the sewer pipe. Here are some pros and cons for you to consider:
- A trenchless sewer replacement doesn’t take much time and can be completed within a day.
- The plumbers will use a high-quality pipe as a replacement. This pipe can withstand pressure and movement from the soil above it and won’t corrode as easily as older pipes.
- Unfortunately, some municipalities don’t permit trenchless sewer replacement.
- A trenchless replacement can be just as expensive as traditional repairs up front. You’ll save money on clean up and landscaping after the repair is done.