There was a revolution in sewer drain cleaning methods 10 to 15 years ago, but over three quarters of us are still not aware of the modern options. Newer, trenchless sewer repair is much less invasive and therefore preserves your landscaping and avoids the need for massive restoration work.
In a survey of homeowners, 73% said they would be willing to pay more for sewer pipe replacement in order to be able to keep their outdoor features such as a patio, decking or other outside yard features intact.
There are two types of trenchless sewer repair. One, called “cured-in-pipe placement (CIPP)”, is a process that involves installing a new liner along the entire length of the pipe to seal any holes and allow for smoother, continuous flow. The other allows the old pipe to accessed with minimal digging and pulled out at the same time as its replacement is installed.
The old process of sewer drain cleaning was highly disruptive, requiring that much of the yard be dug up. Excavation sometimes extended all the way out the street, causing traffic problems.
If your sewer drain line is forty years old or older, it may need to be replaced. When you’re buying a home, it’s important to have an inspection of the line performed before you close the deal. The cost of having it checked will be between $250 and $350.
Although the initial cost of the trenchless sewer options will be 30 to 50% higher than that of the old trenching method of sewer drain cleaning, you will save money in the long run by not having to spend the thousands of dollars you would have paid to restore your yard.
As a homeowner, you may find it useful to know that this newer technology has turned what used to be a major disruption of your environment and lifestyle into a much less complicated procedure.