Drainpipe replacement options in 2021
Once you’ve determined that your drain pipes need to be replaced, what options are available for you? Most plumbers will suggest either trenchless sewer repair or conventional sewer repair. We are going to go over the benefits of each and how much they cost. First, we start with trenchless sewer repair (the best solution).
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Trenchless drain pipe replacement
Trenchless drain pipe replacement requires minimal digging and no trenches.
Just like the name implies, this is a drain pipe replacement process that involves no trenching and minimal digging. Trenchless sewer repair only requires one or two access points, often 4×4 pits on either side of the house. Or we can make the access point by pulling a toilet (we will put it back). Sometimes, some concrete needs to be chipped away under the toilet, but this is better than the alternative, a big ugly trench through your living room and kitchen. The collateral damage of trenchless drain pipe replacement is nothing compared to the effects of traditional methods. Trenchless sewer repair always begins with hydro-jetting or another pipe cleaning solution.
Trenchless sewer repair is broken up into two subtypes,
- Pipe lining – A unique, epoxy-impregnated liner is inserted into the old pipe, inflates, and creates a new pipe structure directly inside the old one. Pipelining, on average, costs $80 to $250 per linear foot. Pipelining can be considered replacement or repair depending on whether the whole pipe length will be lined or just a section. If only a section of pipe (a spot repair) is lined, it is considered a repair. If you line the whole pipe from start to finish, it is basically like getting a brand new pipe installed (aka replacement).
- Pipe bursting – Pipe bursting is where a new HDPE (high-density polyethylene) pipe is attached to a winch with a cone-shaped bursting head and pulled through the damaged line. The damaged pipe is broken apart as the new one takes its place. Pipe bursting is cheaper than pipelining, running from $60 to $200 per linear foot.
Conventional drain pipe replacement
Sometimes a drain pipe is so severely damaged that no trenchless method is viable. Plumbers cannot use trenchless technology on pipes that are back-pitched, which means that the original contractors failed to use the proper slope for your sewer line to your city connection. If the pipe has collapsed onto itself, we will also have to go this route. Conventional sewer repair quotes will be lower than trenchless, but it does not include the cost to clean up the mess and repair the property damage
Who do you call for drain pipe replacement?
If you’re looking for a reliable, professional company that can deal with drain pipe replacement, call New Flow Plumbing. We serve the Santa Clarita, Glendale, and the greater Los Angeles area. We will assess the situation using a CCTV sewer camera inspection and give you the best solution. Contact us today and receive a quote.