How Trenchless Main Line Repairs Prevent Landscaping Damage

Most drain clogs can be repaired with a plunger or handheld drain snake, or with a solution like baking soda and vinegar. But if the clog is too stubborn for even a plumber’s professional equipment and techniques, then there’s a good chance it’s actually a problem with the main drain line. In years past, repairing the main line was a lengthy process that disrupted the household, tore up landscaping, and even ripped up sidewalks, floors, and driveways. Now, thanks to trenchless repair technology, plumbers can fix the problem with a minimum of fuss.

Minimally Invasive Inspection

The conventional method of repairing a main line involves digging a large, deep trench that extends the length of the line. Part of the reason why this was necessary was that the plumbers wouldn’t know exactly where the problem was located until they dug down to it. But trenchless technology uses a video camera inspection. All the plumbers need to do is dig a small access hole at either end of the line. They’ll insert the specialized video camera equipment and thread it through the line to identify the type and extent of the damage, as well as its precise location.

Effective Hydro-Jetting

Even after the exact location of the problem is determined, the plumbers don’t need to dig an additional hole to access it. Instead, they’ll use hydro-jetting equipment to flush out the obstruction. Often, the obstruction is a bundle of tree roots.

Flexible Replacement Pipe

By this point, you might be wondering how plumbers can fit a replacement pipe inside a small access hole. The answer is the flexible tube that the plumbers will coat with resin. Compressed air is used to blow the “sleeve” into the pipe. After a few hours, the resin hardens and the flexible tube becomes the new, solid liner of the pipe. All of this can be accomplished without digging a large trench through your garden and lawn.

Trenchless sewer and main line repairs are one of our specialties here at All Plumbing, Inc. We’re proud to provide affordable plumbing services in Arlington, VA, to residential and commercial customers. If you have an emergency plumbing request, you can reach us at (703) 525-7973 any time of the day or night.

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