3 Reasons to Reline Instead of Replace Your Home's Sewer Pipes

Posted on: 9 October 2018

When your home's sewer pipes get damaged, you might assume they need to be replaced. However, it's often better to simply have them relined.

Plumbers can reline pipes by cleaning their insides using high-pressure water jetting. This gets rid of any deposits. They then put a tube into the pipes and inflate it to fit against the walls. Resin on the outside sticks to your current pipes, creating a seamless seal. Here are just three reasons why you're better off relining rather than replacing.

1. Less Disruptive

The most obvious benefit of relining instead of replacing your pipes is also the most compelling: it's far less disruptive. When pipes are replaced, trenches will need to be dug, which can destroy your outside space and necessitate additional work once the pipes are done. This often takes weeks instead of days, so replacing pipes will disturb your routine as well as your yard or drive, and keep in mind that your pipes may be out of service for some of this time.

Pipe relining requires only one access hole, so excavations will be minimal. Better yet, the whole process can usually be completed in just a few days.

2. Less Expensive

What with all the labour required for pipe replacement, it's going to cost you a lot more. Just think about the manhours involved in digging trenches and carrying out replacements rather than simply cleaning and relining. You'll also pay more for brand-new pipes than you will for the relining material. You'll even have to accept the cost of any restoration across your outside space when all the piping is replaced. All told, the price difference between relining and replacing should start in the $100s and possibly go into the $1000s.

3. Equally Effective

You might be thinking that pipe relining sounds like a stop-gap solution; get your pipes relined today and you'll only need to replace them in a year or two anyway, right? Actually, wrong. There are situations where pipes must be replaced, such as when tree roots have left holes, the pipes have been crushed, or there's very little interior surface for the relining material to cling to. However, the vast majority of pipe damage can be fixed just as well with relining as with replacement. If you're thinking it's worth the cost, time, and disruption associated with pipe replacement because this is a more effective process, think again. With that in mind, why wouldn't you pick the more convenient option?