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Comparing Traditional and Trenchless Sewer Repair

No-one ever really wants to repair a sewer, but when it needs to be done, you want to ensure you do it right. So, what’s the best way to repair your sewer – using traditional excavation or trenchless sewer technology? Here we look at how these two types of sewer repair compare, so you can make the best choice for your repair needs.


In regular sewer repair, the old damaged pipe is dug up and excavated, and a new pipe is directly laid and installed in the hole. Trenchless technology avoids the need for excavation, allowing full pipe repair through only one or two small access holes. Trenchless techniques include pipe lining and pipe bursting, with the individual technique is chosen based on the problem that needs to be corrected.


Traditional sewer repair does require excavation, which can be extensive and involve the destruction of landscapes, driveways, gardens, and even buildings. One of the key benefits of trenchless sewer repair is that it avoids excavation, instead of accessing the pipes for repair through one or two smaller access holes.

Need For Restoration

Because traditional sewer repair involves excavation, yards, sidewalks, driveways, and gardens need to be restored once sewer repair is complete. This work adds extra costs and time onto the process of traditional sewer repair. Because no excavation is required for trenchless sewer repair, the need to spend extra time and money restoring damaged property is avoided.


Costs for both traditional sewer repair and trenchless sewer repair depending on the plumber providing the service, but in most cases, the costs for the actual repair are comparable. Costs can add up for traditional sewer repair when you factor in paying for the excavation and restoration of landscapes, driveways, and buildings in addition to the sewer repair costs.


While the technique and materials used in both traditional sewer repair and trenchless sewer repair differ, the durability and longevity of each of these techniques are about the same. A trenchless sewer repair is expected to last as long as a traditional sewer repair, so the two options perform basically the same.


Trenchless sewer repair is generally quick and efficient taking only 1-3 days to complete, including inspection and clean up. Traditional sewer repair can take multiple days or even weeks depending on the extent of the damage and the work done. Traditional sewer repair takes extra time due to lengthy excavation processes and subsequent cleanup, which may involve multiple teams and parties including plumbers, landscapers, and builders.


Trenchless sewer repair may not be the best solution for all sewer issues, and there are certain plumbing issues for which only traditional sewer repair for excavation is suitable. Choosing trenchless sewer repair where possible saves time and money, so it’s important to have an experienced and qualified plumber to inspect your sewer before any action is taken and help you decide on the best approach.

Getting the best results from your sewer repair involves comparing your options and discussing your choice with a advanced plumbing company. If you’re having sewer issues, talk to us today about finding the most efficient and effective sewer repair solution for you.