Cutting down on your utility bill should be a priority for homeowners, as the leaks in the average American household can account for over 10,000 gallons of wasted water per year. Something as innocent-looking as a leaking showerhead that drips every few seconds could lead to 500 gallons of annual water loss alone. Easily fixing these leaks can help homeowners save around 10% on their water bills. To find the greatest cause for water loss however, homeowners should turn their focus downward.
When Good Pipes Go Bad
Prior to the 1980s, many sewer lines were connected with clay piping. While it was an answer at the time, clay pipes prove to be problematic now. Sewer lines older than 40 years may be at risk for deterioration; this can result in leaks that can cost homeowners hundreds per year. The other issue linked to old pipes is tree roots. Tree roots infiltrate and destroy pipes to get at the moisture inside. Don’t be fooled, tree roots can destroy sewer lines and cause serious problems for homeowners.
Traditional Sewer Repair
As long as there have been sewers there have been plumbers tasked with maintaining and fixing lines. Although it is a necessary service, the traditional approach means extensive excavation work to get at the actual pipe. Many Americans do not expect the amount of damage it would cost their yard, so traditional plumbing techniques could cost homeowners hundreds more in separate landscaping repairs in the end.
Trenchless Sewer Repair
Trenchless sewer repair and pipe replacement services specialize in keeping excavation to a minimum by using the existing line as a guide via one or two small access holes. Trenchless pipe replacements use a process called pipe bursting; this process simultaneously destroys the existing pipe while using that very pipe to guide a replacement along using a pulley. Less-damaged pipes can be repaired rather than replaced using a variety of pipe lining techniques such as cured in place piping (CIPP). This technique uses a bladder and a cure in place compound to provide a form-fitted seal to protect pipes for an additional 50 years on average — many sewer replacement services even come with warranties for 10 to 50 years. Don’t get shocked by unexpected pipe repair costs, get a straight answer and fast service without the mess thanks to trenchless sewer repair services.