Trenchless Sewer Line Replacement

Trenchless Sewer Line Replacement

The Pipe Bursting Method

Your home’s sewer pipes should last for at least 40 years, but unfortunately many homes in the Cleveland area were built with clay or cast-iron pipes that easily wear and eventually break. Because homeowners and many small businesses are responsible for repairing the sewer lines leading away from their homes and offices, many people find themselves suddenly dealing with a nasty sewer emergency.

A burst or damaged main sewer line does not have to lead to a distressed wallet and high stress levels. You can limit the inconvenience by making a more informed decision about how to handle the problem: go trenchless.

Call now to learn more about Invisible Excavations emergency trenchless sewer line replacement services. Our experienced technicians will help you schedule an appointment to inspect the problem.

Start with the Problem, Find the Solution

The first thing we will do is a main sewer line inspection to determine the exact cause and location of the problem.

Some common causes of main sewer line damage include:

  • Shifting and settling ground breaking, cracking or collapsing pipes
  • Roots invading the sewer line causing cracks and breaks as they grow
  • Soil or age causing corrosion
  • Grease, food and waste buildup restricting proper water flow
  • Bellied, or sunken section of pipe, collecting waste
  • Broken seals between sections of pipe allowing water to escape

Because many of these problems are occurring underground, you may not notice right away that your main sewer line needs to be replaced. The following signs are indicators that your main sewer line could be broken and you should consider calling for an inspection:

  • Slow or non-draining sinks and tubs
  • Backup in your sinks, tubs or toilets
  • Strange gurgling noises coming from the toilet
  • Strange odor coming from basement, bathroom or yard

What are the advantages of trenchless pipe bursting over traditional sewer line replacement methods?

Trenchless is More Affordable

Even though trenchless pipe bursting is more advanced than traditional methods, it is still less expensive for two main reasons:

  • Pipe bursting takes less time, so you save money on man hours
  • Pipe bursting only requires two small access points, so you can avoid extra costs to repair damaged landscaping, porches, decks, or driveways that typically accompany traditional sewer replacement methods.

Trenchless is Fast

With the trenchless method, you avoid weeks of excavation equipment in your yard, piles of dirt around your home and additional time spent fixing the damage to your property.

Trenchless Provides Peace of Mind

Unlike older pipes, your new HDPE pipe is seamless. This eliminates future problems by making it harder for roots to penetrate.

How does Trenchless Sewer Line Replacement Work?

Step 1

We inspect your main sewer line with a camera to identify repair or replacement needs.

Step 2

If main sewer line replacement is necessary, we do a thorough examination of the site to establish appropriate conditions for trenchless pipe bursting.

Step 3

Two small holes – about three feet wide – are dug at either end of the main sewer line being replaced.

Step 4

A new sewer pipe is inserted in place of the old pipe using pipe-bursting technology. As a bursting head is pulled through the old line breaking up the old pipe, a new HDPE pipe is pulled behind to fill its place.

Trenchless Sewer Line Replacement FAQs

What are the signs of a broken pipe?
Sewer line replacement is typically never top of mind until a revealing sign or symptom of a deteriorating or broken sewer pipe is present. These symptoms include:

  • Sewage backups and blockages every time you flush or run water down a drain(s)
  • Sewer gas odor in or around your home or building
  • Mold problem behind your walls
  • Slow drain
  • Extra green or lush areas in the grass due to a sewage leak underground
  • Indentation in the yard from dissipating soil due to a saturating pipe underground
  • Foundation cracks, settlement and sinkholes
  • Septic waste pooling in lawn

Call Invisible Excavations today if you notice any of these broken sewer pipe symptoms, or any other strange, troublesome signs.

Can I replace my sewer line myself?
While it may be possible to replace a sewer line yourself, it is widely recommended to avoid a DIY sewer line repair or replacement. If you’re experiencing a sewer line issue, it’s best to call a professional plumber and excavation expert because working on sewer lines requires significant experience and equipment and must follow strict code guidelines.

Additionally, attempting sewer line work by yourself can expose you and your neighbors to health and safety risks and additional damage to the system can be done if you don’t know what you’re doing.

Do I need a permit to replace a sewer line?
Repairing or replacing a sewer line almost always requires a permit because of the work being done, the equipment used, and – because this project holds a higher risk to health and safety – the necessity of a licensed professional to complete the job. Since you have to register for a permit, you also have to disclose who will be replacing the pipes. A permit usually guarantees that an expert is completing the job. But, don’t worry, we’ll help you through this process!
What is the cost of trenchless sewer line replacement?
Every project will vary in cost depending on the project’s complexity, where your pipes connect to the public sewer line, and other important factors.

It should be noted that replacing sewer lines using trenchless technology is minimally invasive and usually costs less. For an accurate quote, contact the excavation experts at Invisible Excavations today.

Is sewer line replacement covered by my homeowner's insurance?
Insurance coverage depends on your unique situation – as to why you need your sewer line replaced – but, sewer line replacement is typically not covered by insurance.

It is common practice to place all responsibility of repairing and replacing sewer lines on the homeowner.

It’s vital to know your coverage, however; because every homeowner’s policy varies. Take a look at yours to understand what you’re covered for and what you can add to your policy to help lessen the burden should a sewer line replacement need arise.

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Invisible Excavations gives great customer service. They were quick, efficient, and helpful with questions that I had. What a great team! They responded immediately to my call.

Linda K.

We highly recommend Invisible Excavations. The crew that came to reline our sanitary sewer were very professional and experienced. They did in one day what we thought would take two days. They thoroughly cleaned the job site . We couldn’t be more happy with the job.

Richard B.

Had basement flooding through a cracked wall and due to collapsed drain pipes around the house. After many estimates with other companies, this one stood out. The work was done in a timely fashion with care taken for the property and landscaping. I highly recommend them! 

Rachel S.

Frequently Asked Questions

Ask the Pros.

What is Invisible Excavations' service area?

Invisible Excavations serves several counties surrounding Cleveland and Akron Ohio, including Cuyahoga, Erie, Lake, Lorain, Mahoning, Medina and Summit. If you are slightly outside of this service area, please call 216-741-5131 to see if we may still be able to accommodate you.

Does Invisible Excavations have a payment program?

Yes, we offer a payment plan. We understand that many cannot afford the upfront costs associated with pipe lining – especially if you encounter a problem unexpectedly. To accommodate all customers, Invisible Excavations offers financing.


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