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Tips for New Homeowners, Part 2: Signs for Trenchless Pipe Lining
New homeowners can sometimes feel like they are drowning in a thousand tiny problems — things they had not considered or just never should have been a problem in the first place. In our mini-series for new homeowners, we are focusing now on what happens when an underground pipe breaks.
Do you really have to dig everything up to replace it?
What is trenchless pipe lining?
Trenchless pipe lining is an innovation designed to replace broken and busted underground pipes without the need for digging up huge trenches in the lawn, driveway or street. It is a far more low-cost solution than excavating. Essentially, the pipe lining is slid into the existing, damaged pipe, almost like a stent for cardiovascular problems. This pipe lining is then inflated, and an epoxy resin on the outside starts a chemical reaction that hardens the pipe.
Trenchless pipe lining is a composite of a polyester outer liner covered with hardening epoxy, a plastic liner, a bladder that inflates the polyester lining and a secondary calibration bladder to make sure the pipe still inflated even if the primary bladder fails.
Signs to watch out for
But how can you even tell if an underground pipe is leaking or in need of repair? There are a few signs to consider.
If it is a water pipe, it will show up on your water bill. Did your water bill suddenly spike for no apparent reason? If there is not a puddle of water somewhere in your house, that is a good sign that a leak is happening somewhere you cannot quite see.
Another sign is to watch your landscape and lawn. If a part of your lawn is inexplicably wetter, soggier or just generally mushier than other parts, that could mean a sewer or water line has broken or is leaking. If there is an odd smell outside that is consistently in the same area, that could be another indicator.
Is trenchless pipe lining as good as replacing the pipe?
The pipe lining is absolutely designed to make the old outer pipe irrelevant. The pipe lining cures incredibly hard and strong. The replacement pipe is even strong enough to go in high-pressure areas like beneath the driveway or the street and can handle the weight just like a normal pipe.
When is it time to call a professional?
While it is always prudent to DIY basic repairs, something like a broken underground sewer line is not something to take care of on your own. Digging up trenches through dirt or concrete can be an entire project requiring multiple workers, and it is best left to the professionals.
Of course, trenchless pipe lining is an even more complex (if less expensive) option that requires plumbers who know exactly how the chemical reaction works, how to inflate the pipe properly and how to create essentially a new pipe inside of the old.
If you suspect your underground pipes are leaking, call a professional like Prodigy Plumbing as soon as possible.
Are you considering trenchless pipe lining in the Cerritos area? Get more trenchless pipe lining information at https://www.prodigyplumbinglbc.com.
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