The numbers on sewer line repairs and replacements are a disappointment — and that’s being generous.

Studies reveal that only 25% of respondents have invested in a sewer line replacement — and just 3% are planning or getting ready to do so. And when sewer lines need to be replaced at least once every 40 years, a stunning number of sewer lines across the country are long overdue.

Fortunately, trenchless pipe repair and replacement is an alternative technique that can allow you to update your sewer lines without interrupting everyday life for those who live and work above them.

To get a better idea of what trenchless pipe repair is and why it’s beneficial, read these three facts:

Trenchless repairs require little to no digging

Traditional pipe repairs require a full excavation, digging as far as 12 to 24 inches underground to reach the sewer lines. However, trenchless repairs often require no digging at all, and only require a small access hole to be dug in the situations where digging is necessary. This makes this technique much more affordable, as well.

Trenchless repair and replacement is innovative

Trenchless pipe replacements and repairs involve running a slightly smaller, resin-coated tube within the existing pipe. The resin will harden to create a new pipe — and only results in a pipe diameter change of about 1/4 inch. This system allows for seamless piping, which prevents tree roots from growing into the pipes. Tree roots are the main cause of clogged sewer lines in older homes; trenchless pipe replacement gets rid of them without requiring the use of chemical root-killing foams.

Trenchless repairs are discreet

How many times has your daily commute been delayed or inconvenienced due to a sewer line repair? With the traditional sewer line repair system, which requires large stretches of the ground to be dug up, it’s often necessary to block off parts of a road. However, trenchless repairs don’t require this, nor will they harm driveways, landscaping or any other outdoor features.

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