Customers often come to us here at Legendary Home Services to ask us a simple question: What are the different methods of replacing a sewer line in phoenix? Ahh yes, a very good question indeed and an important one too for anyone looking to get their sewer replaced in the phoenix area. And because we get this question so very much, today we decided to write an article explaining the different methods of sewer replacement. First, lets go over if you really need your sewer replaced.
Have you seen a video camera inspection of your sewer line?
If you haven’t, you’ll want to get one. Call around for plumbers in phoenix and ask them if they have a sewer camera. A sewer camera can be inserted into your drain pipes to inspect the condition of the pipe and the plumber can then determine if you need to replace the sewer. When the plumber comes out to video your drain pipe, be sure to view the video yourself. If you hire a plumber that doesn’t show you the video, you may want to call someone else.
There really is only two ways to replace your sewer line. Either by creating a trench and manually replacing the sewer line, or by a trenchless sewer replacement method.
What is manual sewer replacement?
This process is the traditional replacement method that involves excavating and demolition of the floor or yard. While this method may seem invasive, at times it may be your only option for getting your sewer line replaced.
What is trenchless sewer replacement?
This process is a method in which a sewer can be replaced without creating a trench. Typically, this process involves one or two access holes to be created inside or outside the property to access the existing sewer. Sewer replacing equipment is used to replace the existing sewer line with new pipe.
What are the methods of trenchless sewer replacement?
Pipe bursting and cured in place pipe, also known as CIPP,sewer epoxy lining or no dig sewer replacement.
“Pipe-bursting” is the most common form of trenchless sewer replacement. This method involves digging two access pits, either in the yard or property. After a steel cable is ran through the existing pipe a hydraulic ram is used to pull the steel cable, which has a “bursting head” on the end of it. The metal bursting head splits the old pipe out of the way as it pulls the replacement pipe in its path.
Cured in place pipe (CIPP) sewer epoxy lining (No Dig sewer replacement)
This process is literally creating a new pipe within the old pipe. With this method excavation may not be necessary. But in most cases to properly perform the installation, excavation will be required. A felt liner, which is saturated in epoxy is used to create the new pipe within the old. While the felt liner is wet with the epoxy, it is inserted into the existing pipe. A bladder is then inserted into the felt liner. The bladder is inflated and holds air pressure pushing the liner to the walls of the existing pipe. After the epoxy cures the bladder is removed. What’s left is a seamless piece of pipe within the old pipe.
If you feel you need more information to getting your sewer replaced in phoenix or if you need assistance on choosing the best method of sewer replacement, let us know, we are always here to help.