Sooner or later, most Raleigh Metro area homes, especially those built in the 1970s or earlier, will require water and sewer lines repair or replacement. The responsibility to pay for it most often falls on the homeowner. Sewer pipes, or laterals, in older homes are usually made of clay tiles, cast iron or pvc pipe that can crack or break apart, allowing tree roots to infiltrate and create clogs. Other problems result from settling or collapsed pipe sections.
Traditionally, sewer replacements required Biggs Plumbing services to dig a trench in a homeowner’s yard along the length of the lateral. In Wake, and Johnston county that method’s still used in more than 95 percent of residential sewer replacement jobs. Traditional excavation can be the cheapest option, particularly if a home is near the main sewer with few obstacles in the lateral path.
For homeowners wanting an option beyond the backhoe, however, the trenchless technology of pipe lining or pipe bursting may be the way to go. “It’s definitely a technology that’s on the rise and will continue to grow”. Many Raleigh plumbing companies don’t do it either because it requires a costly investment in technology and training. “As time wears on, we’ll see more inquiries and it will become more affordable.”
A pipe liner, also known as “cured in place pipe,” is installed via a process in which a resin-coated, flexible tube is blown or pulled into the interior of the damaged pipe and inflated. It typically requires one access hole. After several hours the resin hardens, creating a “pipe within a pipe.” Lining reduces the lateral diameter by about one-quarter inch, which experts say won’t affect its capacity to convey home waste, especially as appliances trend toward low-flow. The material’s slipperiness can actually increase flow and capacity.
First employed for commercial and municipal projects, trenchless sewer line replacement entered the Raleigh residential market about 10 years ago. However, many consumers remain unaware of it. About 78 percent of respondents in an online Angie’s List poll had never heard of trenchless technology, though 73 percent say they would pay more for sewer line replacement if it preserved landscaping, patio, deck or other features.
Trenchless technology generally costs more, but homeowners often save money in the long run because of less disruption to existing structures and landscaping. “Two guys with a backhoe can do a simple [trench-digging] job in a day. With pipe lining, the same job would be twice as much. But if we have to reroute the line, and you have a tree and landscape pavers that you’d have to remove, then pipe lining can be cheaper.”
A leaky water main from the street can cause a whole lot of water problems. In a residence, leaking pipes or copper tubing can ruin hardwood flooring, wall surfaces, and furnishings. Outdoors, water leaking from a high-pressure water service pipe could remove dirt and create sinkholes from underground erosion. The aforementioned municipal water leak problems can cause permanent damage, they can also rob areas of enormous quantities of potable water required for drinking, bathing, and cleaning, and other water supply requirements from your service pipe leaking under the ground surface.
Leaking water supply pipes are one of those things that you simply do not want to have to deal with. When your existing one-inch copper water line is starting to corrode and fail, then it’s most likely creating a major headache for you and your family.
The fresh water that enters your residence is critical to your day-to-day living arrangements. Without having that continuous water pressure to your home from the street valve, would make it very difficult to live your day to day life!
The Expert plumbers at Biggs will quickly resolve all of your water and sewer lines needs