By Mike Kynett, PE

Many communities have aging underground utilities, specifically water distribution and sewer collection piping, that have been in place beyond their intended service life. These utilities are at risk of failure which could result in costly repairs and service outages.

If your community is headed down this path, you may want to learn more about trenchless sewer lining as a quicker-than-normal and cost-effective way to repair your existing infrastructure.

Excavation is Expensive

Budgeting to replace these utilities can be challenging as full replacement options include open-cut trenching and costly street surface restoration. Communities simply do not have the resources to keep up with replacing these utilities throughout their systems.

Sanitary sewer mains can be especially expensive to replace as they are usually deeper than other utilities to account for basement depth service lines. Bypass pumping is also typically needed during the replacement duration to allow for continued service throughout the replacement.

The Trenchless Sewer Line Solution

One option to reduce replacement costs is trenchless sewer lining. This method involves installing a new liner inside the existing sewer pipe, and accessing the existing pipe through manholes or other access points, thus greatly minimizing excavation. Specifying the correct product and installation methods results in a new pipe and does not rely on the existing pipe for structural integrity.