plumbing vent stackPlumbing issues are in no way avoidable problems. In fact, it is advisable that most pipe and sewer issues be professionally repaired immediately, for the sake of the health and comfort of you, your family, and your neighborhood. Unfortunately, in the collective consciousness, sewer repair is synonymous with big holes — both in your yard and your pocketbook.

Luckily, innovation happens everywhere, not just on the Internet or in the business world. There are viable alternatives to conventional sewer repair, most notably trenchless plumbing repair. In fact, trenchless methods have been around for around 15 years, but many homeowners are simply not aware of the option.

The first stage of the trenchless process is a sewer line inspection. Whether it be a problem with your plumbing vent stack or a problem further down the line, trenchless plumbers find out by snaking a camera down the drains to properly diagnose the problem.

Once a verdict is reached on what the issue is, trenchless plumbers may decide to use one of a number of non-invasive methods. Some professionals may use a high-pressure water jet, which is capable of developing a pressure of 4,000 PSI, to literally blow the roots and other obstructions down the line.

It is possible that the issue is more serious than a simple clogged sewer line. Indeed, nearly a quarter of Angie’s List members that responded to an online poll have replaced their sewer, and 3% say it is a project for their imminent future. But the trenchless technicians are not all out of magical solutions.

Using just two access points on either side of the offending pipe, a trenchless technician is able to use innovative technology to rehabilitate your pipes and make patches, repairs, or replacements to old and corroded pipes.

The major issue with conventional sewer repair is the mess it makes of your yard. In fact, 73% of homeowners surveyed say that they would pay more for sewer pipe replacement if it would preserve their existing landscaping, patio, deck, or other outdoor feature. By using trenchless technology, the whole process is decidedly less painful.

From your plumbing vent stack in your home to the sewer piping farthest from it — non-invasive trenchless technology is without a doubt the best way to go.