Practically all plumbing pipes installed since the 1950s have been made of copper, due to their longevity and resistance to corrosion. Under ideal circumstances, most copper pipes should last between 80 and 100 years. Unfortunately, that occasionally isn’t the case. Things like pitting corrosion, lime scale buildup, and tree root growth can all cause pipes to require replacement well before the 100 year mark. If and when you need to have your pipes replaced, you should consider trenchless technology as a solution. Let’s take a look at what trenchless technology is, and why you should consider it.
What Is Trenchless?
Due to the location of drains and other plumbing lines, the only way to repair or replace them typically involves digging a large trench to get to them. This involves some pretty destructive efforts, and hundreds or thousands of dollars in remediation efforts after the fact. That is, unless you want a giant patch of bare dirt running through your front lawn.
Trenchless technology attempts to solve this by adapting a popular technique used in mining. Two pits are dug, one at each end of the pipe section that needs replacing. A hydraulic auger is pushed through the ground from one pit to the other, dragging the new pipe along behind it and pushing out the old one. That done, the new pipe is hooked up to the network and the pits are filled in. This allows the same work to get done, without the time and expense involved with digging a trench. With trenchless technology, you don’t have to put your yard back together after having your pipes replaced.
If you’d like to know more about trenchless technology, call The Sunny Plumber. Our plumbers serve the entire Phoenix, AZ area.