Trenchless sewer repair is a quick and efficient pipe restoration method. With this method, you will not experience the problems associated with conventional sewer repairs, such as high excavation costs and property damage. So, what determines the pricing of this revolutionary pipe repair method?
Here are some factors that contractors consider to determine how much you will pay for trenchless repair.
1. Location of the Existing Pipe
Sometimes the damaged pipe is in a tricky location that plumbers can't easily access. For instance, some properties have drain lines that run underneath a patio or a pool. Contractors can't easily reach such pipes to assess the damage.
In some situations, the contractor can only access the sewer line through a public property (like a city street). Also, if your landscape comprises shrubs, trees, mini fountains, and flowers, the harder things will be for the plumber. These instances inflate the repair costs.
On the other hand, if your property has a simple soil surface that makes pipe access a breeze, you will incur low repair costs.
2. Trenchless Technique Employed
Several trenchless repair methods are available, each priced differently. Typically, the more sophisticated a repair method is, the more you will pay for it. For instance, the Cured in Place Pipe Lining (CIPP) utilizes costly materials to restore extensively damaged pipes. Also, the longer the sewer line, the more you will pay for trenchless sewer repair.
You can also go for the pipe-bursting method. Although you will incur a low material cost, you have to dig several access points. Additionally, if your trenchless sewer joins with several other drains, the cost of this method also rises because the plumber may have to spend more time to expose each drain connection before pipe replacement.
3. Condition of Your Existing Pipe
Contractors usually consider the present condition of your pipes to determine the trenchless technique to incorporate and the cost of repair. To put it simply, the more severe the pipe damage, the more it might cost to restore the pipes.
For instance, the contractor will utilize quick and inexpensive restoration techniques if the pipe has only minor issues — such as small leaks, tiny fissures, and minor corrosion.
However, a heavily corroded pipe with huge gaps requires advanced repair methods and materials to restore, which ultimately drives up the repair cost. Before you hire a trenchless repair specialist, opt for a sewer camera inspection first. In doing so, your plumber will establish the extent of your pipe damage and give you a cost estimate beforehand.
If you plan to employ trenchless sewer repair on your project, bear in mind the above cost-determining factors. Also, ensure that you only hire a licensed plumbing contractor with vast experience in trenchless technology.