How Trenchless Pipe Replacement Works in Springfield, PA

Posted by Michael Henderson

When your sewer main or water line needs replacement, there’s often nothing more disconcerting to a homeowner than digging large trenches in your yard to replace a relatively small pipe. Rightfully so, but is there another way? Trenchless pipe replacement is a time and cost-saving technology that avoids extensive excavation on your Springfield, PA property. Far from having to remove large portions of sidewalk or trees, trenchless technology means less damage and disruption to your home. If you notice wet spots in your yard, or severe backflow in your home, it may be time to replace that sewer main or water line. For trenchless pipe replacement in Springfield, PA, call Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. today!

Sewer or water line replacement used to require heavy equipment to excavate enough of the yard to make accessing the damaged pipe possible. Instead of digging up the entire area surrounding the length of the pipe, the trenchless team digs two access holes, one at either end of the pipe in need of replacement. Typically, video inspection is required to assess where the damage is as well as its extent. A hydraulic pump is set up at one end to provide the pressure necessary to pull a pipe liner, often fitted with a pipe-bursting attachment on its head if the pipe is collapsed.

If your pipe has a leak, crack, or is missing a section, the hydraulic pump pulls the pipe liner through the length of pipe. Once it is inflated, it released an epoxy cast, which seals a new pipe inside of the old one. The inflatable bladder is then removed. In cases where there is significant damage to the pipe, the liner is fitted with a pipe-bursting cone that removes any debris and forces the pipe to open up enough to fit a new pipe inside. A new pipe forms within the old. Whatever the problem is with your sewer or water main, trenchless pipe replacement is the way to handle the situation effectively.

Don’t dig up your beautiful lawn—call for trenchless pipe replacement in Springfield, PA from Wm. Henderson Plumbing & Heating Inc. today! 

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