Trenchless plumbing repairs have only been around for about twenty years and use relatively new technology, so you may still have some questions about how trenchless sewer repair works. At Marv’s Plumbing & Heating, we have been serving residents of Cheyenne, Wyoming for decades, and we were an early adopter of innovative trenchless techniques, which makes us a leading expert in answering all of your sewer repair and replacement questions.
What causes sewer line damage?
Damaged pipes can be caused by a variety of sources. Excessive paper materials, cleaning cloths, feminine hygiene products, and other foreign objects can cause an obstruction that builds pressure and can lead to a leak or other damage. Don’t use your sewer line as a trash can and be diligent about keeping your sewer lines clean to avoid damage.
However, no matter how careful you are to avoid clogging your drains with unnecessary debris, some causes of sewer line damage are out of your control. Tree root invasion is a common culprit for damaged sewer lines. Roots will continue to grow toward sources of water and nutrients and can eventually work their way into your sewer line to cause obstructions.
Corrosion can be caused by years of near-constant use, and old buildings may house some aging and fragile pipes that are susceptible to damage. Additionally, Wyoming’s harsh weather conditions can cause pipes to expand and contract, which can lead to cracks or weakened joints.
What are some symptoms of sewer damage?
The distinctive foul smell of sewage is often a clear sign that damage exists in your sewer line. However, other symptoms of sewer damage are less obvious. Other indicators of a problem in your sewer line can include:
- Fixtures like sinks, showers, bathtubs, or toilets drain slowly or not at all
- Multiple fixtures backup at the same time
- A gurgling sound comes from your pipes
- Wet spots or puddles around your property, including lush patches in your landscaping
- Unusually high utility bills
- Mold or mildew problem
Early detection of sewer line damage is vital to efficient and affordable repairs before the problem gets worse. The professionals at Marv’s Plumbing & Heating can help you identify and treat areas of concern in your plumbing system.
How are plumbing leaks detected?
Identifying the cause and precise location of your sewer line damage will allow our experienced technicians to recommend the appropriate repairs for your unique situation. We use innovative and minimally-invasive camera inspections to analyze your sewer line.
During the inspection, a waterproof high-definition camera is fed down your sewer line. Only one small access point is needed, completely eliminating the need to dig a trench in order to get a good look at your pipes. The camera provides a clear view of your sewer line, so we can accurately diagnose your plumbing problem.
Getting a first-hand look at your pipes without digging a trench will allow our technician to recommend only what is needed to fix your pipes without any guesswork so you can feel confident that your repairs are completed efficiently and accurately the first time.
What does “Trenchless” mean?
Trenchless repairs refer to a modern method of repairing plumbing that doesn’t require excavation. It is hard to imagine that our crews are able to inspect, repair, or even replace your pipelines without digging an invasive or destructive trench the entire length of the affected pipe. However, modern technology allows us to eliminate much of the hassle, cost, and overall time typically needed to complete a sewer repair by completing your trenchless solutions from a convenient access point with a small work area.
Trenchless repairs have made sewer repair much simpler and more affordable for the average residential or commercial property. Repairs can be completed without costly reconstruction and allows you to get the most out of your current plumbing system by fixing minor damage as opposed to replacing damaged sections.
What is drain cleaning and how can it help?
Drain cleaning is an effective way to clear out obstructions and debris from your pipes. Over time your pipes can accumulate scale or chemical buildup, debris, or other foreign materials that can cause clogs. In other cases, tree roots can invade your pipes in search of moisture and block the flow of water down your sewer line or even collect additional paper products and other debris. If left alone, clogs can cause pressure to build in your pipes and even lead to a leak or rupture.
Our highly-trained technicians use an environmentally safe and effective form of drain cleaning called water jetting. A pressurized stream of water is used to blast away blockages and clean even the most stubborn buildup from inside your pipes. All of the material is washed away, and you are left with clean, unobstructed pipes. Hydro jetting is also one of the fastest ways to clean out your sewer line.
Our technician will analyze your pipes and determine the best options for your unique situation. In the event that your pipes have been invaded by tree roots, you may need additional repairs to prevent leaks once the roots are removed.
What types of trenchless sewer repair are available through Marv’s Plumbing & Heating?
When damage has occurred in your pipes, Marv’s Plumbing & Heating has a variety of solutions to restore full functionality to your sewer system. Depending on the severity of the damage among other factors, we offer traditional dig-and-replace repairs in addition to trenchless methods.
Traditional techniques used to require excavation in the area of the damaged pipe in order to make the repairs. Modern trenchless repairs can be performed from a nearby access point and require little to no digging whatsoever. Most often, we recommend cured-in-place pipe (CIPP), which uses epoxy resin and a durable sleeve of material that restores the inside of your existing pipe to like-new condition without replacing the entire length of pipe.
No matter which forms of sewer line repair is best for your home or business, Marv’s Plumbing & Heating will work directly with you to keep costs down and minimize the effect on your property.
How much will trenchless sewer repair cost?
Every sewer repair is different, and there are many factors that impact the overall cost of the job. The length and severity of the damaged section of pipe will impact the number of materials required to fix it. The location of your sewer line damage will impact the ease of accessibility for the technician, or even result in the use of more invasive techniques. Complex sewer systems like those present in apartment buildings, hotels, or certain other commercial settings may impact the cost of repairs, too.
Lastly, the types of trenchless repairs utilized by our technician will also impact the cost to you. Some combination of camera inspection, drain cleaning, and pipe repairs are all services that will add to your bottom line, but we will only suggest repairs that are necessary, so you can feel confident that your sewer line is repaired efficiently and affordably.
How can I save money with trenchless sewer repair?
Trenchless repairs can often result in hundreds or even thousands of dollars in savings to our customers. With smaller crews, decreased work area, and faster time to completion, we are able to pass our own savings on to you.
The biggest source of savings is often the lack of digging and consequential reconstruction costs. Without the need for trenches and heavy equipment, we are able to leave your landscaping, driveway, sidewalks, and other features of your property intact. Traditional repairs can leave you with gardening, repaving, and other reconstruction costs that can continue to impact your property for days after your plumbing repair is done. Trenchless repairs will leave little to no residual effects on your home or business with little to no downtime.
How long will trenchless sewer repairs last?
Marv’s Plumbing & Heating is committed to offering our Wyoming customers the highest-quality repairs using industry-leading technology to give you peace of mind. Our trenchless camera inspections allow us to accurately pinpoint areas of concern and utilize the best-possible repairs that will last for years to come.
Our cured-in-place pipe technique uses a strong and durable epoxy resin that will create a smooth surface that may even perform better than your old pipe. Most materials used during trenchless repairs will not corrode, rust, or deteriorate as quickly as other plumbing materials, meaning that your sewer line can even last for decades with innovative and long-lasting repairs from Marv’s Plumbing & Heating.
What are some of the benefits associated with trenchless sewer repairs?
Old-fashioned repairs can often result in damage to your property. Invasive digging using heavy equipment will inevitably damage your landscaping, pavement, or structures on your property. However, trenchless methods eliminate all or most of the excavation and damage from your repair job, saving you significant stress, time, and money.
Trenchless sewer repairs offer many benefits to our Cheyenne customers. Our advanced modern techniques will minimize damage to your property while also trimming days off of your repair job. Drain cleaning allows you to resume usage of your pipe right away, and the epoxy resin used during trenchless pipe repairs will cure within a few hours. Your trenchless sewer repair can be completed in as little as a day so you can resume your daily routine without worrying about lingering plumbing repairs.
How can I prevent future sewer line damage?
Some sewer line damage is caused by external factors that are out of your control, like tree root invasion or harsh weather conditions. However, there are still a few tips to help you do whatever you can to prevent future sewer line damage or at least mitigate its impact to your property. Avoid putting foreign materials down your sewer line, such as:
- Paper products like paper towels or excessive amounts of toilet paper
- “Flushable” bathroom wipes, antibacterial cleaning wipes, or other cleaning cloths
- Diapers, feminine hygiene products, cotton swabs, or other absorbent materials
Don’t let children or pets play in or around the bathrooms to prevent other foreign objects like toys or balls from ending up in your sewer line.
Understanding the signs of sewer line damage can help you stop leaks before they get worse and damage your home or business. Also, scheduling regular maintenance from the professionals at Marv’s Plumbing & Heating will help you avoid backups and identify potential areas of concern.
What are the differences between residential and commercial sewer repair?
Marv’s Plumbing & Heating has decades of experience serving Wyoming with safe and effective sewer repair solutions for residential and commercial properties. Each type of sewer repair has its own challenges and associated costs, but our technicians can confidently repair a wide variety of sewer lines with the high-quality repairs and friendly service we are known for.
Residential sewer systems are typically the most simple and straightforward. Single-family homes have smaller-diameter pipes than most businesses or industrial properties, which are usually more cost-effective to repair. However, access can sometimes be a challenge for residential properties where lots are smaller and landscaping, patios, or other features are covering the sewer line.
Commercial jobs tend to cost more than residential jobs because of the size of their pipes and larger volume. Some businesses like restaurants will also experience food waste or grease in their drains, while hotels and apartment complexes can have intricate systems and require more detailed inspections.
Why should I choose Marv’s Plumbing & Heating for trenchless sewer repair?
Marv’s Plumbing & Heating has been serving Cheyenne, Wyoming, and the surrounding area for more than four decades. With industry-leading technology and an array of personalized services, we are the local authority for plumbing, heating, and cooling solutions. We combine nearly 50 years of experience with the conveniences of modern technology to bring you the best-possible trenchless sewer repairs.
We are always ready to serve you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Whether it is the middle of the day or middle of the night, our knowledgeable associates and expert technicians will report to you with a smile. Give us a call today to get started with trenchless sewer repair services.