When it comes to getting your sewer replaced we understand that it can be challenging to make the right decision about what method to choose. Here at Legendary Home Services, we often get asked about which method of sewer replacement is best. Being that we are passionate about educating consumers to help them make the best decisions for their property, we are going take a deeper look into these methods.
Sewer Pipe Lining
This method is also known as cured in place pipe, sewer epoxy pipe lining, pipe lining, and “new pipe within an old pipe”. It is a method of trenchless technology that allows a contractor to insert a felt liner (impregnated with epoxy) and a bladder (inflatable balloon) into an existing pipe, creating a new pipe within the old pipe.
This technology is a great way to rehabilitate older sewer and drain pipes in a less invasive way than digging up through a property. This process generally involves one access point. Access points are most commonly created by digging up the sewer or drain pipe at a point where the least amount of digging and demolition would take place. Once the access is created, the liner can be installed creating a new pipe within the old pipe. The life expectancy of liner materials exceed 50 years.
The Downside of sewer pipe lining
The downside to sewer pipe lining is that not all properties are ideal for liner installations. Limited or no access points, poor pipe condition, inconvenient pipe location, and pipe size can all pose a challenge when installing a new liner. At times, these challenges can create a high risk of installation failure.
One of the most common challenges contractor’s face when installing epoxy sewer liners is the pipe condition. Fully evaluating and understanding the condition of the existing pipe is very important in order to install a successful epoxy sewer liner. In many cases, contractors will perform the epoxy sewer liner process without fully evaluating the condition of the current sewer line. This leads to call backs and warranty claims with the contractor. It’s important to have your contractor fully evaluate the drain or sewer prior to determining the right solution. This can generally be done with a sewer or drain camera. Be sure to ask the contractor about the potential problems they see with installing your new epoxy liner.
What to look for when hiring a trenchless technology contractor
Look for a contractor who has experience overcoming challenges in the installation. A contractor who has extensive experience overcoming problems with installations on the job is less likely to have a problem when installing a liner on your property. Many plumbing contractors will sell you on the idea of epoxy sewer lining, but very rarely will they let you know the downside, challenges, and risks associated with the installations. Finding a contractor who’s willing to be transparent is usually the best bet.
Traditional sewer replacement
Being that sewer and drain pipes are commonly hidden behind walls and located deep under flooring, they can be difficult to replace. This process usually involves demolition of walls, flooring, and excavation through the ground to expose the existing pipe. Being that trenchless sewer repair pipes will run to a city sewer or septic tank from the home, they can be of great length. When physical replacement of the existing pipe becomes necessary this could mean trenching through your property all the way to the street or yard.
When is traditional sewer replacement better than epoxy sewer lining?
If replacing the sewer pipe on your property wouldn’t create a huge invasive mess with extensive reconstruction costs after job completion, then replacement may be in your favor. Weigh the cost differences to see which method would save the most money.
If the integrity of your pipe has been severely compromised, traditional sewer replacement may be in your best interest.
Shall you feel you need assistance in choosing the right sewer replacement method, please let us know. We are always here to help.