Pipeline issues manifest themselves in a wide variety of ways. Sometimes, everything appears fine but you notice a musty smell in one of your rooms. Sometimes you’ll notice bubbles forming beneath the paint on your walls. Or, often, you’ll know your pipes are experiencing problems when you notice your sinks or tubs not draining properly even pooling in your backyard. A wide variety of symptoms means a wide variety of potential problems - and potential solutions. But who has the time to have their walls ripped into or their landscaping dug up?
If you’re experiencing symptoms of pipeline issues, you need an efficient and effective solution that can handle all of your repairs without disrupting your day to day life - or leaving a huge dent in your pocketbook. That’s why the experienced team at Sewer Co proudly offers our clients trenchless pipe repair and replacement technology. With this advanced method of plumbing, we are able to give our clients all across Texas the repairs they need while keeping their days on-track and their property undisturbed.
What makes trenchless pipe repair different?
While trenchless pipeline repair isn’t new, it is still incredibly innovative. Established in the 1970s, trenchless repair technology quickly gained a reputation for being a wonderful alternative to the pipe repair methods of the preceding decades. Since its inception, it has been successfully implemented in homes and businesses throughout the world - saving owners money and valuable time in the process.
In the traditional method of pipeline repair, the only way to access a pipe was to disrupt the ground or walls surrounding it. This meant bringing in heavy-duty construction equipment to drill through flooring, cut into walls, and dig up soil before the pipeline repairs could even begin to take place. This was problematic for a number of reasons. Firstly, it’s a very time-consuming process to access a pipe by removing all materials around it. Secondly, if the line is near a roadway or major thoroughfare thousands of daily routes may be disrupted, causing traffic, delays, and stress. Third, once all of those materials are removed they will need to be replaced. Anyone who has done home renovations or repairs can attest to the high cost of a remodel, so replacing a wall, flooring, or even your landscaping can be a very expensive endeavor.
Trenchless technology takes a totally different approach to pipeline inspection, repairs, and replacement. Rather than bringing in a backhoe to dig up your property, for trenchless repairs all take place using small access holes situated in convenient locations at either end of your pipe. From these access points, we can conduct our inspections, clear out blockages, repair cracks and holes, and even replace the entire line when needed. The best part is, when our work is finished so is yours. We leave your property intact, so you don’t have to worry about expensive remodels on top of your pipe repair troubles.
What issues can trenchless pipeline methods solve?
We’ve established trenchless repairs are easier on your home and landscape, but what kinds of issues can they address? In short, almost anything traditional pipeline repair methods can. Here are a few of the problems that can be solved using trenchless repair technology.
Pinhole leaks, or tiny leaks that occur in pipes that push clean water into your sinks and shower heads, can be identified in a variety of ways. The main early symptom of a pinhole leak is a decrease in water pressure. Once the leak has been present for a while, bubbling in the walls, unexplained floor warmth, or mold may develop. Trenchless methods can detect and repair these small leaks early, preventing them from becoming bigger and more expensive issues later on.
Like anything else, pipes are susceptible to the impact of aging. Older lines, especially those made of iron or copper, are at risk for corrosion due to normal environmental wear, misuse, or corrosive chemicals in the line. Depending on the level of corrosion, these pipes could need either repair or total replacement - both of which are thankfully easily done without cutting into your floor or yard.
Cracks in your pipeline can lead to all sorts of issues. From outside matter getting in and clogging your pipe to damaging leaks and pooling, the best thing to do with even a small crack is to fix it early. Our state of the art cure in place pipeline technology is perfect for mending cracks so you don’t have to worry about the damaging effects of your damaged pipe.
Tree Root Invasion
If there is an unnoticed crack, sometimes tree roots can grow into it seeking the nutrients that flow through the pipe. This is problematic in two ways. One, it worsens the crack, causing additional damage to the pipe and two, it clogs the line resulting in potential backup and pooling. Tree root invasions can be addressed using trenchless methods like hydro jetting, so your lines can be running smoothly again in no time.
How is trenchless pipe repair accomplished?
We’ve established that trenchless repair saves you the cost of fixing your home and yard, but what are the actual methods of repairing your pipes? We start with two small access holes, and from there conduct a thorough inspection and pin-point accurate repair of your pipes’ problems, all from above ground.
Inspecting Your Pipes
One of the main benefits of trenchless pipeline repair is its capacity for accuracy. Instead of guessing at where an issue is or what exactly might be causing a problem, at Sewer Co we use a high-tech camera that is fed directly into your line to identify the precise location and nature of the issue. The camera feed is monitored above ground by one of our experienced techs, and once we have conducted a thorough inspection we set about preparing your pipes for any necessary repairs.
Cleaning Your Pipes
Dirty or corroded pipes don’t hold onto epoxy resin, so before we begin implementing our CIPP repair method we have to get your pipes clean and ready. This is accomplished by inserting a hose outfitted with a specially-designed nozzle into the access hole and blasting away any clogs or debris that may exist. Our multi-directional nozzle shoots water out at 3,500 PSI, guaranteeing a clean interior pipe without the use of corrosive chemicals or damaging rods.
Repairing Your Pipes
Now that we’ve finished identifying the problem and cleaning out your pipeline, it’s time for the actual repairs to take place. If you pipes aren’t too badly damaged, this process can be very simple. What we do is take a felt tube, cover it in an epoxy resin designed to bind to pipes, and insert the tube into your line. Once in place, we inflate the felt tube which presses the epoxy resin firmly into your pipe’s interior, sealing off any cracks, holes, or damage beneath it. The felt tube is then removed, and the resin is either left to dry over the course of a few hours or we may blast heat into the line to speed up the curing process so your pipes can be used sooner. This system essentially creates a pipe within your pipe, making the interior like-new without having to excavate and replace your entire line.
What if I need a pipe replaced?
If your pipe is experiencing very serious issues, it may become necessary to replace it. Don’t worry, trenchless technology can accomplish that, too. For heavily corroded pipes that would not be capable of supporting a liner, we can use similarly small access points to remove the old pipe and replace it completely with a new one.
How Trenchless Pipe Replacement Works
The first thing we do to replace your pipes is remove the old ones. By using an advanced pipe head, we can go through your line blasting away the old pipe and distributing its shards into the soil so you don’t have to worry about waste collection. This specialized head also creates a perfect channel for your new pipe, which is brought along behind it and laid in-place as your old one is broken apart. This method is quick, non-invasive, and cost-effective for major pipeline issues.
Factors Impacting the Cost of Trenchless Repairs
Let’s get to the basics first. While there are many factors which impact a final pipeline repair cost, there are some general parameters owners can go by. Smaller pipeline repair jobs tend to cost between $3,000 - $5,000, while larger jobs can fall anywhere between $4,000 and $20,000. These estimates account for many variables, including the number of labor hours necessary to complete a project. Some companies set firm per-hour charges, which may sound simple but does not give a detailed explanation as to why the project will take the amount of time it does. The best way to find out what your repair cost will be is to contact the professionals at Sewer Co. We can give you an in-depth assessment and provide a quote so you’ll know what your project might cost early on. Here are three big factors that our team considers when issuing a quote to one of our customers.
Pipe Health and Condition
A relatively healthy pipe that has a small leak or two will likely be an easy - and less expensive - fix. PVC, for example, has been shown to stand up well over time so repairing a somewhat new PVC pipe should keep you on the low end of the scale unless there are extenuating damages. Older homes, however, tend to use iron and copper piping, which is much more subject to decay and erosion. If your pipes are in very poor condition, they’ll need additional repairs and that will bring the final cost up.
Though trenchless repairs don’t require digging, they still require access. If the bulk of your pipeline is located beneath concrete or if there are utility lines blocking us from easily gaining access, work and man hours will be added to the project. In all likelihood, we will be able to find a suitable access point fairly easily, but in industrial and downtown areas this can be a larger consideration. Additionally, if a pipeline is running beneath your house or another building it may be more difficult to gain access to. There is always a viable access point, however unobstructed pipes resting beneath soft earth are much quicker - and more cost-effective - to get into.
Length and Diameter of Pipe Needing Work
Probably the biggest factor impacting your repair cost is the size of the pipe that needs to be repaired. A narrow pipe with issues in a small area can be repaired fairly inexpensively, because fewer materials are needed to complete the work. By contrast, larger pipes, such as sewer lines can cost a fair bit more. This is because the inspection takes longer due to the pipe length, the cleaning process is more involved, and the amount of epoxy resin needed to create a new, smooth pipeline interior is increased.
The team of seasoned plumbing industry professionals at Sewer Co have handled every type of sewer and pipeline issue in Texas. From pipeline cracks to pinhole leaks and every kind of blockage, when you work with us you can rest assured that your lines will be in great hands. We have a staff of highly recommended pipeline experts ready to diagnose, clean, and repair your pipes. If you suspect there is a problem within your plumbing, don’t hesitate to call us today. We can come out and make sure your small issue doesn’t become a major expense down the line. Or, if your pipes seems to be running smoothly, it may still be a great idea to perform a routine inspection to catch any issues before they occur. Our inspections take very little time, and can save you hundreds of dollars in the long run. Contact us today for more detailed information on our services.