Without realizing it, many homeowners inadvertently become amateur plumbers, carpenters, and electricians. The nature of home ownership necessitates it — the truth is that they tend to fall apart. However, there will always be some things that the average homeowner can’t fix themselves, and for those big ticket items, calling in the professional electrician or certified plumber is more than necessary.

One of those things is plumbing repair. If you haven’t already had to get a sewer partially replaced or repaired, you most likely soon will — nearly a quarter of Angie’s List members who responded to a poll said that they have replaced their sewer while 3% say it’s a project in their imminent future. Once you’ve accepted this fate, it’s time to look into how to best to remedy it.

New innovations and technology are rarely accepted right away, and it is natural to feel suspicion at anything new and unfamiliar. This is the case with trenchless sewer methods for homes — the methods have been around for around 15 years, and yet most homeowners are not aware of this option.

The benefits of trenchless sewer repair are boundless, but first and foremost is the benefit that it protects your lawn, landscaping, and hardscaping (concrete walkways, patios, etc). Not only is it inconvenient and disappointing to have to undo a lot of hard work to fix a pipe, but it can cost hundreds more to correct it. Indeed, 73% of homeowners in a survey said that they’d pay more for sewer pipe replacement if it would preserve their existing landscaping and outdoor features.

Secondly, the many, varied techniques used by trenchless sewer repair technicians address a variety of problems. For roots and other obstructions, professionals may use a high-pressure water jet, capable of developing a high pressure of 4,000 PSI, which will literally blow blockages and roots down the drain. Diagnostic camera tools are snaked down offending pipes in order to really figure out what a problem is and how to treat it.

Plumbing repair is always going to be a hassle — but does it need to spawn a plethora of other issues, too? The answer is no — not with trenchless pipe repair on the market.