Although there are several newer options for sewer repairs and pipe inspection, a surprising number of American homeowners seem to have been left out of the loop. Recent surveys indicate that close to 80% of Americans remain unaware of trenchless drain repair options. Any commercial or residential property with a sewer system more than about 35 years old is a good candidate for new sewer line repair options, experts say.
In the past, sewer and drain replacement often required extensive digging; newer technology, however, can often avoid extensive disruption to landscaping and outdoor buildings like sheds and decks. Many contractors now have the ability to conduct sewer inspections with video cameras and can also re-line existing sewer pipes with an expandable epoxy pipe lining.
Hydro jetting services can also clear sewer systems that have pipes in good condition: contractors can use pressurized water to clear pipes of debris and chemical buildup. Experts report that jets of water up to 60,000 PSI may be used, and that plumbing experts may be able to make use of much lower pressure to clean aging or fragile systems.
Another option for home and commercial properties is CIPP, or cured in place pipe repair. Threading a new pipe liner into existing sewer, water, or gas lines can allow homeowners to accomplish major repairs with minimal digging. CIPP can be used effectively on a wide range of pipe diameters and can often be installed through a manhole or existing access point.
Although new options for sewer repairs are widely available, homeowners are still advised to take precautions to avoid the need for major repairs. Trees should be planted at least 10 feet away from any sewer lines, and yearly sewer inspection is still recommended. Finding plumbing contractors who have experience in new sewer repairs is essential; experts should be able to give homeowners an estimate on the price of repairs and a general timeline for their completion.
Plumbing contractors hope to raise consumer awareness about “no-dig” and “small dig” options for sewer replacement and repair, realizing that commercial and residential property owners are looking for more efficient and cost-effective sewer solutions. Experts also recommend yearly gutter cleaning, chimney cleaning, and as-needed water line inspections. Realizing that a neglected property is more likely to accrue high repair costs, property owners are increasingly motivated to seek affordable and sustainable maintenance solutions.