How to Replace a Sewer Line with Minimal Digging

trenchless water line - how it works

For many homeowners, damaged sewer lines present a major hassle they wish to avoid at all costs. Nevertheless, just like any other element in a property, sewer pipes will inevitably deteriorate after a certain period of time. What determines when your pipes will fail is the material they are made of, how long they have been in use, and your water pipe maintenance regimen.

Galvanised steel and cast iron sewer pipes, for instance, are estimated to last anywhere from 20 to 50 years, while an overwhelming majority of GTA sewer lines are clay tiles, which last anywhere from 40 to 60 years. However, these numbers are expected in ideal circumstances which no homeowner will be able to realistically provide. Due to our flourishing forestry, as well as freeze/thaw cycles, these lifespans tend to be much shorter realistically.

The following are some of the factors that might be causing your sewer line drains to wear out faster than they should:

  1. Improper installation of sewer pipes is a surefire way to reduce the predicted lifespan of a sewage system.
  2. Frequent exposure to waste will lead to dirt, grease, and debris to accumulate inside sewer pipes. This eventually leads to sewer line clogging, or in advanced cases, a broken sewer line.
  3. Exposure to harsh chemicals and abrasive toxins is a contributing factor to sewer line erosion.
  4. Rust on the inside or outside of sewer pipes is a problem that affects most home sewage systems and will certainly impact their overall performance
  5. Root intrusion which occurs when tree roots extend their way into sewer lines.

These factors are usually unpredictable. This is why when a sewer line problem happens, a homeowner is surprised to learn about the magnitude of damage and how to treat it.

Signs of a Broken Sewer Line

There are a few signs every homeowner should keep in mind when it comes to sewer pipes in their house. In the event you suspect sewer line damage, check if you are experiencing the following:

  1. Sewage backups and/or drain blockages.
  2. A bad odour in your yard and basement.
  3. Gurgling noises coming out of the drains, your basement fixtures are draining slowly.
  4. Moulding problems on the walls, floor, or ceiling.

If you notice any, most, or all of these symptoms in your house, you know it is time to contact a plumbing contractor in order to evaluate the condition of your line. In this scenario, a sewer line expert will help you determine the level of damage and provide you with a solution to your sewer line issue. They will also explain how to maintain the drain lines and prevent further problems at your property.

Trenchless Sewer Line Repair

For the longest time, homeowners dreaded a full sewer line replacement project, because it typically meant that their front yard would turn into an all-out excavation yard. Due to our state-of-the-art technology, we eliminate the need for gutting the property.

Trenchless sewer line replacement allows you to remove old sewer pipes and install new ones with minimal digging. This cutting-edge technology works by minimizing the digging, removes the need for trenching and saves on costly, as well as, dangerous labour. It simply replaces the broken line while maintaining your lawn in mint condition.

Trenchless Sewer Repair Vs. Traditional Sewer Repair

Trenchless sewer line repair techniques have been rapidly replacing traditional sewer repair methods. This is because trenchless sewer repair comes with the following benefits:

  1. It is much cheaper than traditional sewer repair that requires excavation.
  2. It is 300-300% faster as a trenchless sewer repair project can be completed within 14 hours.
  3. It will save you the cost and hassle of re-landscaping your front yard, which can be a pricey undertaking.

Trenchless Sewer Pipe Replacement Is the Way to Go

With the use of trenchless sewer line repair, fixing a broken sewer line is a quick and easy procedure. Nevertheless, it is recommended that you consult a trenchless repair expert for a professional opinion. With the help of a specialist, your faulty sewage pipes will no longer be a source of concern.

Have more questions about trenchless sewer lines? Need an expert to replace your existing sewer line? Call our experts at Water Guard Plumbing and we will gladly help you to sort things out!

Call Water Guard Plumbing – 647-832-1738

Trenchless Sewer Line – All You Need to Know

Is sewer line replacement covered by homeowners insurance?

Typically, insurance companies will not cover underground repairs. In case you reside in the Region of Peel, for example, you are able to purchase optional insurance with Service Line Warranties. Some municipalities also offer rebates for sewer line repair costs.

Do I need a permit to replace my sewer lines?

The beauty of trenchless sewer line repair lies in that you do not need to obtain a plumbing permit to perform it. Due to the fact that trenchless sewer pipe repair does not need any kind of digging or excavation makes it possible on the spot, without having to wait for the city to approve your plumbing project.

How much does trenchless sewer repair cost?

Trenchless sewer line repair generally costs 10-15% less than a full excavation process.  

What is a real advantage of trenchless line replacement (pipe bursting) versus pipe lining?

The answer is in methodology. In the case of pipe lining, the existing old pipe is covered with a thin layer of fiberglass or a plastic polymer material that takes on the existing pipe’s shape including any defects and indentations. Pipe lining does not fix the problem with a faulty slope or major crack. You are always taking a risk of a failed pipe lining procedure and being stuck with an artificial clog that the contractor has created themselves. This will leave you no other option but fully excavating the line.
On the other hand, with trenchless line replacement using pipe-bursting technology, you are guaranteed to have a brand new plastic line that is certified by the province of Ontario for sewer pipe laying and replacement purposes. This line is going to replace your existing sewer line once and for all, providing you with our lifetime warranty on the replaced section of the line.