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What is Trenchless Sewer Repair and How Does It Benefit Me?

You might have heard about trenchless plumbing before, but not what it means or why it’s such a benefit to homeowners. It addresses some of the most difficult plumbing problems out there: leaks in sewer lines buried under your property. Time was, you had to uncover the entire pipeline to treat a leak or a breach, which could be a major headache in Chicago, IL with our cold winters and unpredictable weather. Trenchless plumbing gets around a huge number of problems, turning what used to be a major hassle into an infinitely simple operation. Here’s how trenchless sewer repair works, and how it benefits you.

The Process of Trenchless Repair

Trenched sewer repair usually meant using construction equipment to unearth the damaged pipe, then examining it and repairing the damage before burying it again. Trenchless repair relies on modern technology to simplify that process. The technician digs two small holes, one at either end of the damaged area, then sends a miniature camera and light down on a cable to assess the damage. Once the damage is pinpointed, the two holes can be used to create a vacuum that pulls the repair tools through the damaged pipe – breaking it up before inserting a replacement pipe, for example, or sending an expandable seal similar to a balloon to patch the leak. Once that’s done and the sewer line is functioning, it’s an easy matter to cover the two holes up again.

The Benefits

The benefits of such a method are obvious. In the first place, you don’t need any heavy equipment or the workers to run them, which means you can do the job for much less money. Because there’s less digging, the process takes less time as well – usually days less. Finally, while trenched sewer repair can wreak havoc on your yard – usually necessitating a serious landscaping job – trenchless repairs leave your yard intact and largely undamaged.

The experts at Reliance Plumbing have the skills and experience to perform trenchless sewer repair job for you. Give us a call today for a consultation!

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