For those of us who live in the Pittsburgh area, we understand that much our city has old, outdated and defective infrastructure. Sewer systems, unfortunately, are in the same boat. Terra cotta and cast iron sewer laterals have a lifespan of about 50-60 years under the best conditions. Tree roots, lateral fractures, channel rot and various other factors can all affect the lifespan of your sewer system. The cost of digging up a sewer can range in the thousands of dollars. Trenchless sewer line repair might be the answer to your sewer line issues.
What if there was a better way?
Over the last 15 years, Trenchless Repair or Cured in Place Piping (CIPP) has become a cost-effective and efficient way to repair or replace an existing sewer lateral without excessive excavation. At Mister Sewer, we use industry-leading CIPP materials and equipment to ensure that your existing sewer system can be lined providing an additional 50-year life span. A CIPP forms a tight seamless fit in place of your existing sewer line. CIPP will seal all joints in terra cotta piping preventing tree roots that break apart sewer lateral and clog up your system. CIPP will also alleviate any issues with scaling and channel rot in a cast iron sewer.
Typically, when a customer needs sewer lateral repairs, it involves digging up the sewer line, replacing the sewer pipe then backfilling with stone. This can destroy trees and landscaping, take days to complete and it can turn into a costly job. CIPP is less invasive. We start by determining where the problems exist within a customer’s sewer system by using a flexible camera. Once the problems have been identified and marked, the existing sewer system is cleaned and a small entry hole is dug for the new liner. This flexible, corrosion-proof liner is inserted into the sewer lateral and cured in place that day. The new liner is structurally durable like PVC. It seals all cracks and joints and comes with a 50-year warranty. To provide additional assurance of our workmanship, we do a final camera inspection to make sure there are no defects with your new cured in place sewer line. Check out the video below provided by Trelleborg that illustrates the process.