The Pros And Cons Of No Dig Pipe Repair
Dealing with a damaged plumbing pipe can be a nightmare and it often happens when you least expect it. If you’re lucky, you’ll have slow drains and maybe a foul smell. If you’re unlucky you may have no water in your home as well as a flooded area somewhere on your property.
Household plumbing pipes are somewhat easier to access however underground piping may need to be dug up for plumbing repairs or replacements. This is where you may want to consider the pros and cons of no dig pipe repair.
What Is No Dig Pipe Repair?
This is also known as trenchless pipe repair. It is a form of plumbing pipe repair that removes the need to excavate large areas of your lawn. This means that your plumbing pipes can be repaired without having to dig up any section of your lawn. It’s also less intrusive or time-consuming than traditional pipe repair.
There are 4 common methods associated with no dig pipe repair.
1. Pipe Bursting
Nobody would believe you if you said you could repair something by breaking it even more. Except in the case of pipe bursting, that’s exactly what happens. A newer bursting head is threaded through the interior of the original pipe. This is then burst to make space for the new pipe while pushing the old pipe into the earth. While it’s not a completely no-dig repair method because excavation holes are necessary. However, it does cause less damage than traditional trench repairs.
2. CIPP (Cured in Place Pipe) Lining
This method involves inserting a sleeve into the damaged pipe. When the sleeve is properly positioned and fully covers the damaged area, it’s inflated. The inflated lining fills the pipe and ensures that there are no holes or other gaps. The lining is then cured and left to harden.
3. Slip Lining
With slip lining, a newer smaller pipe is placed inside the damaged section of the plumbing pipe. The space between the newer and original pipe is then filled with grout to seal it off. This combination leads to a more durable pipe structure.
4. Spray Lining
A sewer camera inspection will help your licensed rooter technicians find the exact area of the pipe that is damaged. The pipe itself will then be cleaned to remove all build-up of minerals and debris. The pipe is then sprayed with resin through a hose with a pump that will evenly coat the walls of your pipe. Your rooter technician will slowly pull back the hose, allowing the entire section to be coated in the resin. This resin will dry and form the basis of your new plumbing pipe.
The Pros and Cons of No Dig Pipe Repair
No dig pipe repair is brilliant when it comes to causing less destruction to your property. It may also be more cost effective than traditional methods as you won’t need to involve excavation or new landscaping. It also utilizes less labor than traditional methods and would be less time-consuming.
A disadvantage is that sometimes no dig repair is not an option you can choose. There are cases where you may need to resort to total pipe replacement instead. Older or narrower pipes will need to be excavated to be replaced. While no dig pipe repair is known to be more cost-effective, it can also have a higher upfront cost. It is best to speak to your experienced local rooter technician to find out if it’s possible for you.
For more information on trenchless pipe repair, contact the team at Art Rooter, Sewer & Drain Cleaning. We have all your rooter specialist needs covered! Call us today at 1-833-470-2880