Jersey Trenchless Rolls-Out Client Educational Series – First Installment -Sewer-Line Replacement Options: Excavation – Pipe-Lining – Bursting


Every house relies on its sewer line, an essential part of the plumbing system that carries away all the wastewater to the city’s sewer system. As time goes by, these pipes can degrade due to various factors like aging, invasion by tree roots, or even physical harm. Consequently, this deterioration results in troublesome issues such as leaks, blockages, and a host of other serious sewer line problems.

Bound Brook, New Jersey, March 30, 2024, Replacing a sewer line is an important task when it comes to taking care of a home. It may seem overwhelming, but it’s necessary. Homeowners have three main options for sewer line replacement: conventional excavation, pipe lining, and pipe bursting. Each method has its pros and cons, and the best choice for one’s home depends on factors like the condition of existing pipes, the physical characteristics of the property, and the budget.

  • Conventional Excavation: The traditional way to replace a sewer line is through conventional excavation. This method has been around for a long time and involves digging a trench along the entire length of the existing sewer line. By physically removing the old pipe and putting in a new one, the sewer line can be completely replaced. However, this method is quite disruptive and can cause damage to landscaping, driveway, and other surface structures. It is also the most expensive and time-consuming option because it requires extensive excavation and restoration work. In some cases, if the sewer line has severe damage, collapse, or needs to be rerouted, conventional excavation may be the only choice for fixing sewer line problems.
  • Pipe Lining, Cured-in-Place Pipe, CIPP: Pipe lining, also referred to as CIPP, offers a minimally invasive solution for sewer line problems. Instead of digging up the property, this technique involves inserting a flexible, resin-coated tube into the existing pipe. When the tube is inflated and the resin is cured, a smooth and sturdy lining forms inside the old pipe. This process effectively seals cracks and restores the pipe to almost its original condition, all without extensive excavation. Pipe lining is a quicker, less disruptive, and potentially more cost-effective option. However, it’s important to note that this method is not suitable for severely misshapen or collapsed pipes. Additionally, it may slightly reduce the pipe’s diameter, which can impact flow capacity in the long term.
  • Pipe Bursting: Pipe bursting is a method for replacing sewer lines without digging trenches. Instead, it involves breaking the old pipe and simultaneously inserting a new one. This technique requires digging two small access pits at the ends of the sewer line, which means less impact on your landscaping compared to traditional excavation. If you’re dealing with sewer line problems and want to minimize disruption to your property, pipe bursting can be a great option. It even allows for the installation of a larger pipe, potentially improving the flow capacity of your sewer system. However, it’s important to note that pipe bursting may not be suitable for every situation, especially if there are other utility lines nearby or if the path of the pipe is difficult to follow.

When deciding on how to replace a sewer line, take into account the condition and location of the existing one, the impact on the property, and budget. Each method has its own advantages, so the best option for one’s home depends on the specific circumstances. Consulting with a professional plumber or sewer line repair service can give you valuable insights and recommendations based on the situation. Remember, dealing with sewer line problems is a significant investment in a home’s infrastructure, so take the time to make an informed decision for the most effective and efficient solution.

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