Sewer repair is simply a reality of home owning, and it’s necessary to maintain the comforts of home plumbing that we all take for granted. Although sewer pipes lay underground or deep in your walls, they are a much larger part of your life than you would expect — and they can pose big problems. In fact, nearly a quarter of Angie’s List members responding to an online poll said that they have replaced their sewer, while 3% said that it’s a project in their imminent future.

In order to save the most on your sewer repairs, which you will inevitably have to do at some point in the life of your home, it is best to know about all the options and latest technologies. For instance, did you know about trenchless sewer repair? Trenchless sewer methods for homes have been around for 10 to 15 years now, and yet many homeowners are not aware that it exists.

The benefits of this method are twofold: trenchless technicians are able to properly diagnose a sewer issue without costly and inconvenient digging, and then are able to patch or replace pipes just as easily.

The use of a camera is employed to find out what the problem is. The camera is snaked down the pipe to the offending area, where it takes video footage and pictures of the problem. This way, whether it’s a blockage or leak, the plumber can figure out what to do as painlessly as possible.

If you’re like 73% of homeowners surveyed, you’d pay more for sewer pipe replacement if it would preserve the existing landscaping, patio, deck, and other outdoor features. Luckily, sewer line replacement doesn’t have to cost you the rest of your backyard.

Skilled technicians use CIPP, or cured-in-place-pipes. These are jointless, seamless tubes that are inserted into the original pipe, inflated, and allowed to dry in place.

They are proven to last just as long as traditional pipes, and don’t require the disturbance of a single blade of grass.

So, from the diagnostic step to the actual repair, trenchless sewer repairmen have your back by not digging up a single pipe.