Welcome to Salt Lake City Trenchless Co.!
If you are looking for a reliable sewer replacement contractor in Salt Lake City, you have come to the right place. Our team, composed of experienced experts, offers quick and efficient trenchless sewer repair and replacement services across Salt Lake City and is capable of tending to even the most complex of problems. With us you are to find comprehensive assistance for all issues concerning trenchless sewer repair and replacement.
Having vast experience, to back our reputation, at Salt Lake City Trenchless Co., we have developed expertise in the area of trenchless sewer repair and are able to meet wide ranging customer demands. We believe in delivering complete solutions in order to ensure your maximum convenience at all times. Subsequently, our services have been devised to cover all aspects of trenchless sewer repair and replacement, from pipe bursting to pipe lining. Our experts visit your site, examine your problem and then deploy techniques that are to work best for you.
We provide Trenchless Repair Services:
We are prompt with our services and give topmost priority to your convenience. Tending to the problems of all our customers with utmost sincerity, we are only a call away. As soon as we receive your request for trenchless repair and replacement assistance, we set about to reach your site in minimum possible time and deliver services that meet your expectations. Sticking to this ethos of ours throughout our establishment, we have earned ourselves the reputation of sewer repair and replacement specialists in Salt Lake City and surrounding areas. Rest assured, you can trust us to provide best possible solutions for all relevant problems.
Whether it is a pipe break that is causing trouble or you are having problems with sewage backup, our experts are trained to take care of all. Additionally, they are also capable of effectively tending to problems concerning tree roots, cracks in pipes, misaligned pipes and corrosions. To top it all, they adopt the most convenient and fastest method to resolve these issues- trenchless sewer repair and replacement. Involving minimal to no digging for repairing or replacing a pipe, it has surely emerged out as the preferred technique today, and we have mastered it!
Trenchless sewer repair is a modern technique that considers factors like time efficiency and cost saving. It is an innovative approach to tend to all sewer repair and replacement problems and due to numerous of advantages that it has over conventional means of sewer repair, we have developed proficiency in the field. Delivering value to our customers at all times, presently Salt Lake City Trenchless Co. is recognised as one of the leading and most preferred trenchless sewer repair and replacement services providers in the region.
At Salt Lake City Trenchless Co., we do not only provide lip service but live up to our reputation. Having a capable team consisting of trained experts, we provide assistance that covers multiple techniques of trenchless sewer repair and replacement technology. We have invested in modern equipment and have access to tools that deliver best results utilizing minimum time and cost. However, despite it all, perhaps what adds most to our status as trenchless sewer repair and replacement experts is our extensive experience and profound knowledge of the field. Also, with time we have grown to adopt to modern approaches to be able to deliver results to your utmost satisfaction.
Delivering services that add value to already existing advantages of trenchless sewer repair and replacement over other techniques, we help save time, money and effort. As our experts complete their tasks with utmost proficiency, they leave your yard as clean as it was prior to their arrival. You can trust us to deliver the best as we accurately identify and understand your problem and fix it on the spot. Get in touch with our team now and gain access to long lasting trenchless sewer repair and replacement solutions at an affordable price!
Have you ever wondered what Trenchless Sewer Repair or Replacement is? Does it work? Is it in your best interests?
If you are in need of replacing your sewer or repairing your drain, but you’re not sure about a trenchless approach, then you’ll definitely want to keep reading. This is everything a property owner needs to know about trenchless sewer repair and sewer replacement.
While working in our capacity as licensed plumbers, our company has been providing trenchless sewer repair and replacement for more than 15 years. During that time, we’ve learned a lot about trenchless technology and its uses when it comes to drains and sewers. Since we’ve been doing this for a long time, it’s safe to say that we’ve seen it all. We’ve encountered setbacks and issues, and we’ve always found a way to overcome obstacles while learning new tips and tricks for the future. Our extensive experience allows us to offer you a comprehensive and professional explanation of trenchless sewer repair or replacement, as only licensed plumbing contractors can provide.
While you’re reading, don’t be surprised if you see your pipe being referred to as a “sewer” or a “drain.” Keep in mind that for our purposes, the words “drain” and “sewer” may be used interchangeably.
There are multiple approaches you can take when going trenchless. Consequently, the nitty gritty details will differ depending on whether a sewer replacement or a sewer repair is needed. If you have a basic understanding of how these trenchless techniques differ, you can save yourself a lot of time and money.
Trenchless Methods 101: Pipe Coating, Pipe Bursting, & Cured in Place Pipe (CIPP) Lining
As a general rule, pipe bursting is the method you’d use on a sewer line if you wanted to replace it without having to add a longer trench.
How this works is with the use of one hole on each end of the pipe you are replacing. Once this has been set up, a bursting equipment (the piece of equipment that will do the dirty work and break the pipe) will be pulled through the old pipe by a hydraulic tool. Since the old pipe is burst outwardly, there is now enough space to add a new pipe that has been comprised of high-density polyethylene.
The benefit of using this type of pipe is the fact that its oil base makes it difficult to clog. If you want to know why pipe bursting is also known as a “sewer replacement” in the proper sense, it’s because this is a method that doesn’t rely on the structure or strength of your current sewer to support itself.
Pipe Bursting FAQ
Is it possible to repair the pipe with pipe bursting?
No. This is a technique that’s generally used when longer portions of sewer lines need to be replaced. If you’re dealing with a sewer line that has a length of fewer than 15 feet, you may want to look at considering alternative techniques.
What should be done if the pipe that’s being replaced is connected to other drains?
With pipe bursting, every connection will have to be excavated. If there are multiple connections, there are going to be more holes required. In the event that there are drains connected to the sewer in question, it may be worth your while to explore other trenchless techniques.
Will pipe bursting give my pipe a smaller diameter?
Not at all. If you prefer, the replacement pipe can have a larger diameter than your existing drain. In other words, if your current pipe has a diameter of three inches, you can replace it with a four-inch pipe and still be fine.
Benefits of Pipe Bursting
For pipes that are distorted, have sustained heavy damage, or have otherwise undergone serious loss, pipe bursting could very well be the only trenchless technology available to you.
What About Cured in Place Pipe (CIPP) Lining?
Cured in Place Pipe Lining, or CIPP Lining for short, is a trenchless technique that works by adding a new pipe to the one you already have. First, a felt tube that has been soaked in epoxy is inserted into the current pipe through the process of inversion. What this means is that an air pressure vessel is used to blow the pipe into place. Depending on the pipe that you’re starting with, you may not have to dig. For instance, a sewer vent without any sharp twists or a clean-out that measures only four inches around likely won’t require the same attention to detail. On the other hand, if the vent is designed in a way that makes it difficult to insert, then the addition of an extra hole is needed. If it turns out that you’ll need an access hole, this can be done in the yard to simplify the process and let you maintain your privacy.
The key with the CIPP technique is making sure that the existing pipe doesn’t have any angles. If the pipe has suffered a loss of shape or if it has otherwise been mishandled during fittings, it may not be possible to install the tube.
FAQ on CIPP lining
Will the CIPP ultimately replace my current pipe?
In the strictest sense of the word, CIPP technically doesn’t replace the pipe. It’s best to think of this as a type of sewer rehabilitation because the lining requires the use of your existing pipe.
Is the CIPP lining durable?
CIPP lining is supposed to be good for 50 years. It’s important to recognize that lining isn’t exactly a silver bullet solution. It was designed to be a less invasive option in lieu of the traditional approach of “ripping them out and replacing them”.
What can I do if my pipe is missing a bottom or has sustained cracks?
It largely depends on how much material loss has been sustained, but pipe lining is an effective means of tackling these situations.
What types of materials can CIPP lining be used to rehabilitate?
A pipe liner, most likely, won’t work for Orangeburg piping. That being said, CIPP lining will work with a range of materials that includes copper drains, ABS plastic, PVC, clay tile pipes, and cast iron. The reason why Orangeburg piping is the exception to the general rule is that the materials tend to gradually lose their shape. As such, the piping is simply too weak to handle CIPP lining.
Will the size of my pipe change with CIPP lining?
CIPP lining does change the diameter of your pipe, but just by a quarter of an inch. Such a minute reduction doesn’t change either flow or the ability of the pipes to manage sewage. Thanks to the smooth inside, if anything the flow rate will likely improve.
Is CIPP lining still an option if my pipes have a smaller diameter?
It can work, but there may be complications. There are limits to how much waste water the smaller pipes can carry. So if you’ve got a two-inch pipe for your washing machine, there will likely be complications after the installation is complete. The reason why this happens is that washing machines discharge a lot of water. As such, you always want to ask a local contractor who specializes in trenchless technology for information on your pipe’s design. Speaking from experience, we don’t recommend CIPP lining on pipes with a diameter of fewer than three inches.
Pipe coating is a technique that employs the use of epoxy to fix holes, damage from roots, and cracks while also preserving the pipe’s interior.
With this method, your plumber will take a metal tube and use a machine with rotating brushes to apply resin and pump the epoxy into the pipe at the same time.
If you happen to have a drain with lots of bends in it, this is a trenchless technique that’s well worth considering. While there’s nothing to say that this strategy can’t be used with longer piping, pipe coating is typically deployed when there are specific sections that need to be addressed.
With longer pipes, we generally recommend CIPP lining.
FAQ on Pipe Coating
What size of crack is the epoxy able to repair?
Ideally, you would use pipe coating on a crack that is two inches or less in width and has a length of less than a few feet.
How long can you expect the coating to last?
Epoxy, with its durability and chemical-resistance, is designed to last for over 50 years.
Should You Get Pipe Coating or CIPP Lining?
When it comes to the differences between CIPP lining and pipe coating, people often get confused. Although both strategies make use of epoxy, there are limits to what each technique is capable of providing. If you can grasp what the respective strengths and weaknesses of each method are, then you’ll be in a solid position to figure out which trenchless technique will serve your property best.
Here are the best ways to differentiate between these two trenchless sewer repair methods:
The Advantages of Pipe Coating
If all you need is a simple repair, pipe coating is a straightforward solution. So in a situation where you’ve got a small crack in your drain, pipe coating is the quickest and easiest way to repair your pipe. In the event that you’ve got a pipe that sports a lot of angles, turns, and bends, the flexibility of the metal tube used in pipe coating makes it the preferred option over CIPP lining. Similarly, if it’s a section of the pipe that needs repair, pipe coating is likely the most effective option at your disposal.
The Limitations of Pipe Coating:
The trouble with pipe coating is that you can’t rehabilitate large cracks with consistent filling. For longer pipes, the work of applying resin to the interior can take an incredibly long-time. This, in turn, makes pipe coating more expensive. Furthermore, many municipal bodies don’t accept pipe coating as well as they do CIPP lining.
The Benefits of CIPP Lining
To start, CIPP lining is typically a better option if you’re dealing with a longer pipe. For instance, if your sewer pipe is 100 feet long, pipe coating is probably not going to be the best use of resources. However, for heavy-duty jobs where you’re replacing the whole sewer or rehabilitating substantial material loss or cracks, CIPP lining is the primary method of choice. Furthermore, most local governments view CIPP lining as an accepted practice.
The Weaknesses of CIPP lining
Over the course of installation, it’s difficult to manipulate the lining material around various bends without wrinkles. The issue with wrinkles is that the friction they sometimes cause has been known to compromise the pipe’s ability to carry waste. Similarly, if the bends in your pipe are particularly sharp and you’ve got a few of them, you also run the risk of the CIPP lining getting caught on a turn during installation.
Now that the definitions are out of the way, it’s time to answer the question you’ve been asking all along.
Which One of These Trenchless Techniques is the One I Should Choose?
Ideally, you’d be getting an opinion from a licensed professional who has inspected your sewer, here’s a quick rundown of what we consider the general guidelines to be.
Did You Build Your Home on a Slab?
As a rule of thumb, if you have a concrete slab over top of your sewer, we would recommend CIPP lining. Pipe bursting, by way of contrast, is very disruptive for the purposes of trenchless sewer repair while CIPP lining’s modest requirement of a single access point makes it much more efficient. Furthermore, if your system is set up with connections, you can explore the option of having the lining set up over top of the drain. Once the lining has been installed, we can apply tools to cut portions of the lining so that the waste flows through and into the pipes connecting it.
Was it a Sectional Drain Repair You Needed?
In the event that there’s a section of pipe that you are looking to fix, we recommend pipe coating as your trenchless sewer repair technique. The flexibility of the metal tube allows the drain to easily manage any turns and bends in less time while being friendlier to the wallet.
Are You Looking to Replace an Outdoor Underground Sewer?
If you’re replacing an outdoor sewer, you generally want to use pipe bursting as your preferred method. Assuming that your pipes don’t have connections between them, pipe bursting allows for enlarging the pipe while limiting the required number of access points and maintaining the appearance of your property.
Placing a call with the building department in your area is the first thing you should do when preparing to work with a trenchless plumber. The reason for this is the fact that where trenchless sewer repair is concerned, the laws and regulations will differ according to your city and state. If you can speak to the building department beforehand, you’ll know what trenchless techniques and technologies are considered acceptable in your area.
What should you ask the building department?
- Has pipe bursting been approved for this area?
- Are inspections required upon completion?
- Is CIPP lining an approved trenchless technology?
- Will I need a permit if I’m replacing a sewer or doing trenchless sewer repair?
In the event that trenchless technology is allowed in your city, you’ll want to ask about the relevant legal requirements. You’ll want to keep that information handy when finding a licensed contractor with trenchless experience.
How much does it cost for trenchless sewer repair or replacement technology?
Once you’ve made the decision to replace your sewer, it’s only natural to begin asking yourself how much everything will cost. We’ve been in the business of trenchless sewer repair for many years, and our clients always want to know how much trenchless sewer repair costs and how we justify your prices. Drawing from our previous experience, here’s a quick rundown that should give you the ability to estimate the approximate cost of getting your drain repaired.
For starters, your location will play a large role in determining the cost of your trenchless sewer repair along with your drain’s design, the licensed plumbers you hire, and the particulars of the trenchless method you choose. That being said, are there any other additional factors that go into the price?
Typically, there are four factors that your contractor will weigh when deciding on a price.
1. What Trenchless Technique are You Using?
If you’re not familiar with the standard trenchless methods, then you’ll want to review the article for a general overview of how this works. Once you understand what trenchless technique you’re using, then you’ll be in a better position to have an accurate ballpark figure in mind when you’re evaluating prices. The reason for this is because there is significant variance in price with each of these techniques. Case in point, CIPP lining is typically a more expensive option. For drains that extend past 100 feet, the price will only go up from there. Pipe bursting, on the other hand, has significantly lower associated costs but has greater access point requirements. If your sewer happens to have a lot of pipes connected to it, the bill can grow in the blink of an eye since your contractor will have to find all of the connections before bursting the pipe.
2. What are Your Sewer’s Dimensions?
The pipe’s diameter plays a role when it comes to the material costs. As you can probably guess, the smaller the diameter, the less expensive the repairs will be.That said, one thing that all of the trenchless techniques have in common is the requirement of an access hole. This is generally done via digging, clean-outs, and access to the vent pipe. If an access hole is required to be made, your contractor will likely also consider the pipe’s depth.
3. How Accessible is Your Pipe?
Sometimes the problem is less the size of the pipe and more the location. Although there’s nothing like an expensive patio or pool to complete the exterior of your home, fixtures like these can make it harder to access the pipe during the sewer repair. Similarly, landscaping such as walkways, flowers, and shrubs, can present challenges to your contractor. If the access hole has to be made inside your house, there are additional expenses that will have to be considered. For houses with utility lines located underneath the house, accessing the pipes can quickly turn dangerous. With sewers that run into the street, the increased municipal regulations are another factor that could potentially boost costs. To nail down the price of the trenchless sewer repair, your contractor will have to assess the accessibility of your pipe.
4. How Does Your Pipe Look Now?
Since there are several different approaches to choose from with trenchless sewer repair, the current state of your existing sewer will have to be examined. For instance, if your pipe has massive amounts of scale built up, a de-scaling may be necessary before the actual repairs can be done. This de-scaling is essential to the preparation of the pipe, and it can take anywhere from an hour to almost an entire day to finish. In this example, evaluating the current state of your pipe will have to be done before you can get a fair price estimate.
In summary, these are the basic details that your contractors will have to figure out when determining a total price. Typically they’ll work out these details with the help of a sewer inspection camera. On that note, we recommend that you avoid hiring a trenchless sewer repair contractor until after the inspection is complete.
Although it’s not unusual to see contractors offering trenchless repairs on a “per foot” basis, we always say that people should exercise caution before accepting such offers. This is because it’s not unusual for the “per foot” option to be effectively a general estimate in disguise. That’s why it’s so important to ask about any expenses or potential obstacles that may be tucked into the general price. Due to the nature of the equipment used with trenchless sewer repairs, however, you generally won’t see a quote for less than $2,500. If what you need is a full sewer replacement, the minimum threshold will increase to $3,500.
This is a basic rundown of reasonable costs:
Homes with lot sizes no greater than 10,000 square feet
Price of trenchless sewer repair: $3,500 – $8,500
Homes with a lot size of more than 10,000 square feet
Price of trenchless sewer repair: $6,500 – $14,000
Homes where project involves excavating city street
Price of trenchless sewer repair: $10,000 – $25,000
Here’s the average price where the sewer repair occurs inside the home
2 Bathroom Home
Price of trenchless sewer repair: $3,500 – $6,500
3-4 Bathroom Home
Price of trenchless sewer repair: $5,000 – $9,000
4+ Bathroom Home
Price of trenchless sewer repair: $7,000 – $15,000
These are the factors to keep in mind when calculating the cost of trenchless sewer repair.
If you don’t remember anything else in this article, only hire contractors who have the proper licensing and insurance. Between the follow-up with references and the options at your disposal, you shouldn’t feel embarrassed about shopping around and getting second opinions until you find someone you’re comfortable with.
If you’re struggling to figure out what a reasonable price for your trenchless sewer repair looks like, feel free to get in touch with us. Here at Trenchless Salt Lake, we’re always happy to help you.