Should You Choose Pipe Lining Or Pipe Bursting To Fix Your Sewer Line?

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A lot of things can go wrong with a sewer pipe as it ages. From infiltration by tree roots to corrosion and structural damage to buildup of minerals from hard water, no sewer pipe can last forever. Luckily, repairing (and even replacing) underground pipes no longer means tearing up the ground above to get at them.

Combining diagnostic video cameras with trenchless sewer repair means you can get your pipe back in working order with minimum disruption – no digging up the old pipe to repair it or creating a huge hole to pull it out and replace it.

There are two main types of trenchless pipe repair: pipe bursting (where a new pipe is run through the old one, breaking it apart from within) and pipe lining (where a new pipe is installed just inside the old pipe). How can you tell which one is right for you?

Is The Problem Confined To One Area?

If, looking at the diagnostic video feed, your pipe is mostly in good condition and only a small section of it needs repair, then you should consider pipe lining. Since pipe bursting is destructive, it can only be used to replace your pipe, not to repair a small section of it; pipe lining, on the other hand, can be used to create a new section of pipe inside a damaged area without redoing the entire sewer line.

Do You Have Narrow Pipes?

Since pipe lining installs the new pipe inside the old one, you lose a tiny amount of space in the pipe. For ordinary sewer pipes, this is no problem; the seamless interior of the new pipe makes up for any lost carrying capacity by reducing friction on materials traveling through the pipe. For narrow pipes, it makes more sense to use pipe bursting to get the biggest pipe possible.

It's key to remember that narrowness doesn't depend on the absolute size of the sewer pipe; it's the size of the pipe compared with the amount of usage you can expect based on the size and occupancy of the home. A home with many additions, for instance, may end up with its original sewer pipes being narrow. An experienced contractor will be able to advise you on whether your sewer pipes are too narrow.

Do You Have Cold Winters?

In areas with cold winters, sewer pipes are buried deeper to protect them from the ground freezing. These deeper pipes are more expensive to burst apart, so the farther north you go, the less pipe bursting and more pipe lining you'll see. Visit South West Plumbing for more information.

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