Trenchless Plumbing Installation By Henco Plumbing Services

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What You Should Know About Trenchless Plumbing

Plumbing pipe replacement is a time intensive and difficult task. In the last few years, the approach to how we perform plumbing replacements has undergone significant improvements. This is highly beneficial for you, the homeowner or property owner, because these new techniques reduce both cost and potential property destruction.

Trenchless Plumbing has been available for several years and at Henco Plumbing Services, we use trenchless plumbing pipe installation as often as possible. We frequently use the “pipe bursting” technique for water pipe replacement installation. We insert brand new very strong high density polyethylene pipe (HDPE) that will last for several years to replace old, broken, and burst pipes. You can find out more about pipe bursting below.

This article by Angie Hicks at Angie’s list explains trenchless pipe installation.

Trenchless Pipe Replacement

Trenchless sewer [or water] pipe replacement can certainly help you avoid the disruption and costs associated with digging long trenches in your yard and tearing up landscaping, hardscaping, driveways and other structures that commonly occurs with replacing damaged sewer lines.

With traditional trenching, you’re often forced to pay to dig up the street in front of your home, for traffic to be rerouted and for any repairs to any city-owned property or main sewer lines. This can range from a few thousand dollars to $20,000 or more.

Trenchless methods for homes have been around for about 15 years, but many homeowners are not aware of the option. The most common types of trenchless sewer line replacement are pipe lining and pipe bursting.

A pipe liner, also known as “cured-in-place pipe,” is a flexible tube coated with resin that is blown or pulled into the damaged pipe and inflated. The resin then hardens, creating a pipe within a pipe that is jointless and corrosion resistant. Lining will reduce the diameter of the lateral pipe – which connects the home to the main sewer line – by about a quarter of an inch, but won’t affect your capacity to remove waste from your home. Pipe lining typically involves digging just one access hole.


We think it is interesting that so many homeowners are unaware of the trenchless approach to plumbing pipe replacement. Another important point that Angie makes is the cost. Her estimate of costs are quite accurate. Replacing the exterior plumbing for a property can become quite costly.

The following video demonstrates trenchless plumbing using the “pipe bursting” approach. This is not an “on the job” demonstration but it does show how trenchless plumbing replacement does work.

We perform several trenchless plumbing replacements every month. It would be nice if all real projects were as smooth as the demonstration above. Our biggest obstacle with the real life installations is tree roots. We think it’s amazing how many trees are planted right over the main water line!

Pipe Bursting

Not familiar with “pipe bursting”? Pipe bursting uses trenchless technology to replace plumbing pipes that are buried underground. Pipes may be water lines, sewer lines, or gas pipes. This technique avoids using the more traditional construction trenching. We dig a launching pit, where we start the process and a receiving pit where the pipe ends. The minimal digging involved saves landscaping, driveways, patios and decks.

Trenchless plumbing pipe installation has several benefits. Here’s an article, from Express Sewer and Drain by
William Heinselman. This lists three important benefits from using trenchless technology.

3 Benefits of Trenchless Water Line Replacement

There are many reasons why you would procrastinate on repairing or replacing your faulty water line. Some hesitations may include:

It’s going to cost a lot more than I can afford right now
Will it stay fixed
What if it causes even more problems
Having poor water quality brought on by a leak or broken water line will end up costing you more than you could imagine. Damaged water lines create the perfect habitat for toxic mold, mildew, spores or even pest infestations. You shouldn’t have to worry about whether the replacement process will create more problems or if you will have to replace your water line soon.

3 Benefits of Using Trenchless

There is an alternative method to intrusive traditional water line replacement. It uses an advanced plumbing repair method known as trenchless technology. This technology has the ability to repair nearly any plumbing problem in your home, business or commercial property. Below are three benefits to expect when you use trenchless technology for your water line replacement.

1. Durability

Traditional pipe repairs and replacements generally have an quick expiration date or are likely to be just as fragile as when they were first installed. Trenchless water line replacement has the ability to last for over 50 plus years due to the durability of the material used to reline or replace the pipe.

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William accurately points out that many property owners wait to repair water lines that are broken for many reasons. Unfortunately, delaying plumbing replacement usually results in greater costs and more work.

The pipes that we use to replace damaged water lines will last a long time. Different pipe manufacturers have different guarantees, but 50 years is a typical lifespan guarantee for polyethelene pipe (HDPE).

Trenchless Saves You Money

Perhaps the number one reason why homeowners like trenchless pipe replacement is the cost. In almost every situation, trenchless pipe replacement installation is less expensive. In the past, much of the cost for water line replacements was involved with relocating, repairing, and replacing landscape and property structures like driveways.

Our trenchless technology system eliminates the digging and reduces the landscape footprint. This lowers costs significantly making it very cost effective.

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