What Every Homeowner Needs to Know About Sewer Repairs

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With modern plumbing technology, sewer repair doesn’t have to be a drawn-out, messy hassle. You don’t even have to pay to have your sewer or drain pipe dug up. Skeptical? You’re not the only one who hasn’t heard of the techniques that make this possible. In fact, 78% of participants in an Angie’s List poll had never heard of “no dig” sewer repair techniques. But in this case, what you don’t know can hurt you — because you shouldn’t miss out on the major upsides of trenchless sewer repair.

How a CIPP Repair Works

The main trenchless rehabilitation method homeowners should be aware of uses something called CIPP. That stands for cured in place pipe, and refers to a special flexible liner that can be inserted from a single point along the sewer line, thereby eliminating the need to excavate along the length of the pipe. The CIPP liner is impregnated with a special resin or epoxy that allows it to be hardened (“cured”) once it’s already in the existing pipe. This creates a durable pipe within a pipe that corrects any structural problems or leaks in the original pipe.

The Top Benefits of CIPP

Obviously, the major appeal of a CIPP repair is that it requires no trenches. But that benefit leads to several others, such as a shorter work period (which equates to lower labor costs) and zero disturbance to the surface (so you don’t need to replace expensive landscaping, also saving you money). CIPP is no Band-Aid solution, either; although it starts out as a flexible liner, CIPP is rated with the same approximate 50-year lifespan as a regular replacement pipe. And because the material is superior to what is often used for sewer pipes, many homeowners find that their system starts functioning better right away.

Had you heard of trenchless sewer or water pipe repair before this? Will you now be considering it? Join the discussion in the comments.

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