If you have noticed that you are having problems with your sewer lines, you may need to have your sewer pipe relined. There are different ways that your sewer line can get relined or replaced. One choice is whether or not you want to have a trench or trenchless method of getting your pipes worked on.
Trenchless vs. Trench
Traditionally, for anyone to work on your sewer lines, the person doing the work would have to dig a long trench all the way along your sewer pipe. That way they could physically check out the pipe, lift out the broken or damaged area, and then put in new pipes. It can take a lot of time and work for them to do that, and the workers will leave a long, ugly scar in your yard. Trenchless sewer work, on the other hand, is much less invasive, much quicker, and won't leave a mess in your yard.
The trenchless method uses something called in cured-in-place pipe or CIPP. This method has several steps so that everything is done correctly and your sewer pipe will work the way that it should. The first step is that the plumber or construction crew will have to inspect the pipe to figure out where the problem is. To do that, they will need to put a hose and a camera down through your pipe. The hose will clean everything out through the pipe so that the camera will be able to actually see the sides of the pipe. After they have figured out what the problem is and where it is, it's time to send the new liner down the pipes.
The new liner is going to be a felt tube that is impregnated with resin. The felt makes it easy for the tube to go through the pipes since it can be easily folded up to be fed into the pipes. It can also easily be expanded so that it will meet the sides of the pipes. When the tube is in place, then steam and/or hot water gets pumped down into your sewer pipe. The hot water or steam will activate the resin in the felt tube, making it adhere to the sides of the pipe. Once that has happened, they will go down and make sure that there are openings for any lateral pipes.
If you are having problems with your sewer pipe, you may want to try trenchless sewer pipe repair. It generally takes a day or even less for the entire process to finish. Contact a company like Ultimate Excavation & Liners for more information and assistance.