Fast and Easy Ways to Repair Your Sewer and Drain Line Repair
Sewer lines are constructed to ensure waste water flows from the home to the treatment plant. Today, strong plastic is used to make sewer pipes. Plastic takes a lot of time in order to degrade and furthermore, they are not affected by rust or collapse easily.
When your home experiences waste water back flow or your sewer line leaks, then you need to have it repaired. This is because a problem with your sewer line compromises other plumbing systems in the home for example the toilet, bathroom and kitchen.
If a sewer line needs repair, the first thing you need to do is have it inspected. There are professionals who are ready at hand to provide you with sewer line inspection services. Thanks to modern technology, professionals use video inspection tools to determine where the problem is. With video inspection tools, footage is recorded and used later for further investigation. This helps to reveal any problems that were not found out immediately during inspection.
Once the problems are determined, professionals can use one of the following repair methods.
Trenchless Sewer Line
This is an non invasive sewer line repair method that uses modern technology. As a non invasive sewer line repair method, no digging of trenches which would help to locate where the pipe has a problem is done. Trenchless sewer line repair method is an effective and efficient method that ensures pipes are repaired without tearing up the property.
This method helps to preserve the look of your lawn and landscaping. To ensure that the pipe is repaired without any intrusion, two small holes are made at different ends. One common method used is cure in place in pipe.
1. CIPP (Cure In Place In Pipe)
As a trenchless technique, it involves the insertion of a resin based line which helps to inflate the pipe. The resin saturated tube is made of polyester, fibreglass cloth and other materials. This is inverted and pulled into the damaged pipe via the upstream access point. It is also possible to invert the liner upstream but there is a greater risk using this method. Repairs happen when the section is treated with heat, steam or ultra violet radiation. No digging is needed which makes the method to be very cost effective and less disruptive.
The liner can be inserted by professionals using water or air pressure. Pressure required for inversion is generated by pressure vessels, scaffolds or chip unit. Once this is done, service lateral connection is done to seal by using specially designed CIPP materials. Water is prevented from tracking in annular space by using a water swelling material placed at both ends.
Some advantages of trenchless sewer pipe repair techniques include:
a). Leaves your lawn the way it was which means no flowers, trees or hedges are uprooted to pave way for sewer line inspection and repair.
b).It is a modern method that is easier for sewer line contractors.
c).No damage to the driveway, sidewalk or road is done.
This method is used to repair cracked and fractured pipes as well as patching holes. This ensures underground leaks are sealed.
Pipe bursting rehabilitation
This is a trenchless sewer pipe repair method that helps to repair buried pipes without the need of excavating a trench. The only pits required are the launching and receiving. Five pieces of equipment are used during this process. They include the expander head, pulling rods, pulling machine, retaining device and hydraulic power jack.
The pulling machine is composed of a winch which has a pulling cable. The expander head is tied at one end to the pulling cable. The winch is located at the receiving pit. At the entry pit, the expander head is attached to the pulling cable. The expander head is lined with the old pipe that needs repair.
Once the winch is started, the expander head is pulled towards the receiving pit. As it proceeds in the old pipe, it eliminates the old section and replaces it with the new pipe. This helps to repair cracked sections and collapsed sections of the sewer pipe. The whole set up is powered by hydraulic power generators.
a). Helps to eliminate root intrusion as well as stopping leaks as a result of cracks
b).It increases the flow of waste water allowing more capacity is channeled away
c).No digging or destruction is done to the lawn or the side walk.
d).The existing sewer lines are strengthened which ensure longevity of the sewer line.
Digging or trench excavation is a traditional sewer line method that has been outdated by time. It causes damage to the lawn/landscaping causing the area to look like a construction site. Furthermore if the sewer line pipe crosses the road, traffic will be diverted as the pipe is being repaired.
With different methods of trenchless sewer pipe repair like CIPP and Pipe Bursting rehabilitation, home owners do not have to contend with extra expenses of redoing their lawns.