The Pros and Cons of Different Types of Sewer Line Replacement Methods

Over time, piping ages and needs to be replaced. Different types of sewer line replacement have their own unique benefits and drawbacks that you should take into account before having any work done.

Sewer Line Replacement Methods

RooterMan Plumbers is here to give you a rundown of the pros and cons of the common types of sewer line replacements. Our team of experts has years of experience and is more than qualified to answer any questions you may have.

Depending on the type of plumbing material used on your property, regular plumbing maintenance can help to prevent or delay the need for a full sewer line replacement. Galvanized pipes, orangeburg, and some other piping materials are no longer used because they are known to deteriorate quickly.

If you have an older home, it’s likely that your sewer line is made of one of these materials. In this case, it’s important to be vigilant about plumbing maintenance and to keep an eye out for any signs that your sewer line may need to be replaced.

Although replacing your home’s piping may seem like an expensive and daunting task, it is important to remember that a new sewer line can last for decades with proper care. In the long run, replacing your sewer line will save you money by preventing frequent repairs and avoiding water damage to your home. Modern sewer line replacement methods like trenchless sewer line replacement have many benefits that make them a more attractive option for homeowners.

Cheaper Than Traditional Pipe Replacement Methods

Although traditional pipe replacement is cheap, it can involve the destruction of your front yard and landscaping. Trenchless pipe replacement is more expensive on the front end but will save you money in the long run by avoiding unnecessary damage to your property. It also has an estimated lifespan of at least 50 years.

However, there are less obvious costs that are associated with both traditional and trenchless pipe replacement methods. In traditional line replacement, the contractor’s quote may include the cost of your sidewalk, driveway, or other property features that were damaged during the installation process. But it doesn’t include the cost of replacing these features once the job is completed. This may cost thousands of dollars to fix if you hire a professional landscaping company.

With trenchless pipe replacement, there is no need to worry about these additional costs because your property will not be damaged during the installation process. However, if the affected area will not affect your landscaping, it may be cheaper to opt for a traditional pipe replacement method.

Less Invasive

Trenchless pipe replacement is a much less invasive process because there is no need to dig up your yard. This means that you won’t have to worry about the mess and hassle of repairing your landscaping after the job is done.

It also means that the job can be completed in a fraction of the time, which is beneficial if you need to have your sewer line replaced as soon as possible. In some cases, the job can be completed in as little as one day. While trenchless pipe replacement is less invasive, it’s important to remember that the job will still require some digging. The contractor will need to dig two small holes in order to access your old piping.

When you consider the cost of trenching labor and landscaping repairs, the total cost of a traditional pipe replacement may end up being more than the cost of a trenchless pipe replacement.

Quicker Than Traditional Methods

Trenchless pipe replacement is also quicker than traditional methods. The installation process can be completed in as little as a day or two, whereas traditional methods may take up to two weeks. This is because there is no need to dig large trenches in your yard, which can be a time-consuming process.

The quicker installation time is beneficial if you need to have your sewer line replaced as soon as possible. It’s also beneficial if you want to avoid the hassle of having your yard dug up for an extended period of time.

Several Trenchless Technologies Available

Trenchless technologies involve the use of modern equipment and techniques to replace your sewer line without the need for trenching. There are several trenchless technologies available, including: 

  • Pipe bursting
  • Manhole-to-manhole lining
  • Lateral lining and reinstatement
  • Sectional point repair

Trenchless pipe replacement has yet another benefit. It involves the use of piping material that is more durable and provides better flow than traditional piping materials. This means that it’s less likely to develop leaks and will last longer. CIPP (cured in place pipe) is flexible and is set in place quickly using an epoxy resin. It is less likely to develop leaks than traditional sewer line materials like iron, PVC, or clay.

If you’re considering having your sewer line replaced, it’s important to find out what is best for your needs. If you’re not sure what is best for your needs, it helps to consult with a professional contractor who can assess your situation and provide you with the best options.

Do You Require a Sewer Line Replacement?

If you think that you may need a sewer line replacement, the first step is to have a professional contractor assess your situation. The experts at RooterMan Plumbers will be able to determine if a traditional or trenchless pipe replacement is best for you. If you are looking to replace your sewer line, or if you have any questions about the options available, contact us today at 281.351.4422.

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