Trenchless Sewer Repair in Chicago, IL
Is your sewer line broken, cracked, or corroded? When you need sewer repair or replacement, opt for trenchless services from ABC Plumbing, Sewer, Heating, Cooling and Electric, Chicagoland’s sewer and drain cleaning specialist. We are experts at performing trenchless sewer line repair, a process that eliminates the need to dig up your entire lawn to access underground plumbing.
What Is Trenchless Sewer Repair & How Does It Work?
A few decades ago, damaged sewer lines buried in the ground were inaccessible unless you dug long, unsightly trenches in your yard, disrupting your landscape and requiring you to tear up your driveway and sidewalks. For example, replacing a sewer line from the house to the main could result in a yards-long trench! If you choose this option today, you’ll be forced to pay thousands of dollars in additional landscaping restoration work.
Fortunately, there’s another option: trenchless sewer repair! This method has been around since the mid-1990s, but many homeowners are still unaware that it’s an option.
ABC’s plumbers use one of two trenchless sewer line repair methods to restore your underground pipes without the high cost and disruption of digging traditional trenches. These techniques are called pipe relining and pipe bursting.
Pipe Relining & Sewer Pipe Liner Repair in Evanston, IL
This first method, also known as cured-in-place piping, eliminates the need to remove a broken sewer pipe. Relining is only possible if the structural integrity of the pipe is still in place (in other words, this wouldn’t work for cracked sewer pipe repair). Here’s how the process works:
- We send a tiny video camera down into the pipe to pinpoint the problem area and determine whether pipe relining is a feasible option.
- We dig one small access hole to begin the trenchless sewer repair.
- A pump pulls a flexible tube through the sewer pipe, which is coated with a special epoxy resin. The tube is inflated, and the resin hardens inside the old, damaged pipe, relining it with a strong new inner layer.
- The hardened lining material is seamless, corrosion-resistant, and as strong as a brand-new sewer pipe. Expect your relined pipe to last up to 50 years without requiring repair or replacement.
Pipe Bursting in the Chicago Area
If your sewer line has collapsed or the lateral has joints, pipe relining may not be possible. Fortunately, there’s a trenchless sewer replacement technique called pipe bursting. Here’s how it works:
- We dig two access holes on either end of the pipe.
- We insert a cable with a pipe bursting head through one access hole and pull it through the path of the existing sewer line using a winch positioned at the second access hole.
- As the old pipe fractures, a new replacement pipe made of polyethylene is pulled into position.
- The new sewer line is seamless, corrosion-resistant, and rated to last up to 50 years without requiring repair or replacement.
Benefits of Trenchless Sewer Repair
Choose trenchless sewer repair from ABC if you want to enjoy these benefits:
- Repairs usually take less than a day.
- Trenchless sewer repair minimizes disruption to your landscape.
- Efficient repairs save you time and prevent the need to pay for restorative landscaping work.
- This permanent solution to your sewer line problem lasts up to 50 years.
- Repairs meet industry standards for your peace of mind.
Is Trenchless Sewer Repair Right for My Home?
Wondering about the pros and cons of trenchless sewer repair? Well, it’s more a matter of when the technique is appropriate. Rest assured that our trenchless sewer repair services are appropriate for fixing the following:
- Underground piping buried beneath buildings, hardscaping, and landscaping
- Burst pipes caused by tree roots or household debris
- Improperly installed pipes that cause frequent backups and leaks
- Cracked pipes caused by movement of the soil
- Damaged pipes caused by repetitive freezing and thawing
What Are the Signs of a Broken Sewer Pipe?
Depending on the material used in the construction of your sewer lines, you should be able to get 50 to 100 years of sewer line service out of them — closer to 50 for the older clay pipes and nearer to a full century out of more modern PVC piping.
However, guesswork cannot account for everything, and sometimes things go wrong. How can you tell if you need sewer line repair service? Watch for these signs:
- Excessive clogging. A plumbing clog every now and again is nothing odd, but if you experience stubborn clogs frequently, then the problem may lie with the sewer main line.
- Slow-moving drains. When sewer lines begin to crack or break, roots can get into the pipe, slowing the speed at which your drains move water.
- Foul odors in the home. The stench of sewage is distinct and hard to miss. If you smell this in your home but cannot find the cause, then it may be time to call your trusted sewer repair team for an inspection.
- Pools of fetid water in the yard. Because the sewer main is located mostly within the length of your yard (around 4 feet or more below the ground), if the pipe is cracked or damaged, it can allow sewer water to bubble up to the surface. This often results in funky odors, tons of bugs, puddles, and, potentially, shifts in your yard’s height.
Are Broken Sewer Pipes Typically Covered by Homeowners Insurance?
Sewer repair services and sewer line replacement can often be covered by homeowners insurance, but it will depend on the provider you have (you can often find sewage line repair listed under the coverage types), whether or not the cost of service meets your deductible, and (arguably, most importantly) the cause of the damage. If the sewer line damage is found to be due to negligence or a bad move on the homeowner’s part, insurance will often refuse coverage.
Choose ABC’s Chicago Plumbers for Trenchless Sewer Repair
Why settle for the stress and mess of having a trench dug through your lawn, destroying landscaping and more? ABC’s trenchless sewer line repair is fast, minimally disruptive, and provides a permanent solution.
Also, check our sewage line backup service page.
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