Trenchless Pipe Bursting in Central Indiana

Trenchless Sewer Pipe Repair and Pipe Replacement for Homes in the Central Indiana Area

Property damage is a major concern among Central Indiana homeowners when sewer line repair or pipe replacement becomes necessary. Until just recently, sewer line work involved disruptive digging which wrecked lawns, landscaping, and other features of the property. Time-consuming trenching meant the job wouldn’t be completed for many days, not to mention the time and money necessary to restore the property to its original condition.

While trenching is sometimes still used, today many homeowners and plumbers alike gravitate towards the trenchless method for pipe repair and sewer replacement. Trenchless pipe bursting and pipe lining are methods that allow underground pipes to be easily repaired or replaced without extensive excavation around the home.

Mr. Plumber aims to make sewer line work hassle free, which is why we offer pipe bursting and lining for sewer pipes. With the trenchless method, here it is no excavation and displaced soil. Through just a small access hole, new pipes can be installed underground.

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What Is Trenchless Pipe Bursting?

Trenchless pipe bursting is a fairly new method used to repair and replace the underground pipes that form the home sewer line. This method is quick, minimally invasive, and quite cost-effective in most scenarios.

Pipe bursting places new sewer pipe underground while breaking up the old pipe along the same path. Pipe bursting equipment can be used to install replacement pipe when the old lines are composed of vitrified clay, concrete, asbestos, or PVC. This method is not preferred for the replacement of cast iron sewer pipe.

Bursting pipe involves the use of the bursting head as well as a pull rod or hydraulic power. The new pipe is attached to the bursting head which is positioned down a small access hole to reach the existing pipe. The bursting head moves along the path of the existing pipe, breaking the pipe apart as it moves forward, as the head is larger in diameter. Behind the bursting head, new piping is laid into place. With pipe bursting, there is no need to remove the old pipes.

The trenchless method for pipe bursting allows a sewer line to be replaced in a day or two in many cases. Compared to trenching and digging to remove old pipes before laying new ones, the amount of time it takes to complete a sewer replacement project is reduced by several days. No extra time or effort is needed to repair landscaping, driveways, and other property fixtures. The new pipe installed is built to last up to 50 years.

The efficient trenchless method has become popular for sewer work in Central Indiana homes. Because it is less disruptive, quicker, and more cost effective, homeowners as well as plumbing professionals like Mr. Plumber prefer this method whenever possible. Using a trenchless pipe burster, sewer line replacement has become a noninvasive task.

Pipe Lining for Pipe Repair

As long as the structural integrity of the pipe has not been damaged, a pipe repair may be all that is needed to improve drainage through the home sewer. The trenchless method used to perform repair in an underground sewer pipe is known as pipe lining, or cure in place pipe. This process inserts a resin liner inside the existing buried pipe. The liner is expanded with air pressure to form a seal against the interior pipe walls.

Pipe lining creates a patch inside the existing pipe. Even so, it does not restrict wastewater flow through the sewer. Pipe lining can also be used for pipe replacement. The pipe liner is installed through the entire length of existing sewer pipe, effectively building a new pipe within the old one.

Inspecting Sewer Pipes to Assess the Need for Replacement Pipe

Slow drains inside the home are often the first sign homeowners see that indicates a potential problem with their sewer. The flow of waste and wastewater can be restricted or blocked in the sewer line due to various causes. Clogs are a possible concern as well as damage to the underground pipe.

Mr. Plumber uses camera inspection technology to have a look inside the sewer pipe. During this inspection, a plumber is able to visualize the specific issue affecting the pipe as well as wear it is located. Sometimes clogs are present, but simply removing them will not restore good drainage in the home. Clogs can develop when sewer pipes have become damaged and one way or another. Collapsed pipes, sagging pipes, or other pipe issues could be to blame. If these issues are not corrected, clogs will continue to form in drainage problems will persist.

When repair or replacement pipe is needed to correct sewer issues, we use appropriate methods which may include trenchless or traditional trenching. We understand our homeowners favor as little disruption as possible, which is why trenchless pipe bursting or pipe lining is used in many cases. However, there are situations where it is best to trench in order to remove the old pipe and install a new one.

Should I Choose Trenchless Replacement for Sewers?

Trenchless pipe bursting or pipe lining are typically chosen as the best option to repair or replace underground pipes. This method allows homeowners to avoid significant damage to landscaping, hardscaping, walkways, driveways, and other structures on the property – with trenching, this damage is virtually unavoidable. A trench repair or replacement job may also create the need to dig up a portion of the nearby roadway which sometimes creates a need to reroute traffic and may result in damage to city sewer lines.

When it comes to the cost of pipe bursting, the price tag for a trenchless pipe bursting repair or replacement project can be 30 to 50 percent more than when performed using conventional trenching. However, the sewer project price isn’t the only thing to consider with trenching and digging. Restoring your property after trenching has been performed is often a costly endeavor. Money owed for the repair of roads, city sewers, and traffic rerouting continue to increase your total expenses. When all is said and done, a traditional sewer line replacement can cost around or beyond $20,000.

Is Trenchless Pipe Bursting and Pipe Lining Worth It?

Using a trenchless method to install replacement pipe or make pipe repairs is largely preferred by homeowners because the project can be completed quicker and with less disruption to their properties. Trenchless pipe bursting and pipe lining have only started to grow in popularity over the last 15 to 20 years, so there are still many who are not aware of the advantages the service presents. While the repair or replacement job alone can cost more to perform by trenchless methods versus traditional digging, there are no hidden costs associated with erasing the damage digging causes to the property.

Inspecting Your Clogged Drain for Trenchless “No Dig” Sewer Line Replacement

Sewer line clogs can be caused by a number of things. Our professional sewer repair and replacement crew member will perform a camera inspection can show the cause of the clog so that you can learn how to fix the problem instead of just treating the symptom by unclogging the drain. When the diagnosis of your clogged drain requires a repair or replacement of an underground sewer pipe, we know that you don’t want to disturb your property any more than necessary. That’s why our sewer repair and replacement crews are trained in the use of trenchless technology. By choosing trenchless technology when it is applicable, the sewer repair or replacement can be done with as little disturbance to your property as possible.

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