Keeping your sewer pipes maintained and healthy is just one of the many ways to extend the longevity of your home - and the sewer system is particularly vital. Feltner Sewer offers a range of repair services to the Chicago, Illinois area, and the best part of our repairs is that they are trenchless. This means we may not require the considerable amount of digging that the traditional methods needed. Instead, our technicians create small access points, roughly three feet in size, in order to reach the pipe.
Signs of a Pipeline Problem
If you are experiencing problems like high water bills, mold under the sink or on bathroom walls, or the sounds of running water, then you may need to have an inspection performed. These signs could indicate that there is a crack, leak, or other damage in one of your sewer pipes. It is important to find the source of these problems before they can worsen. Finding out the cause will require an inspection.
Trenchless Camera Inspection
To do this, our technician will insert a camera into the desired pipe via an existing access point such as a toilet or sink. The footage is then played back in real time to a portable TV screen, which allows the technician to identify the problems while on-site. There an many factors of the inspection that can contribute to the cost. The time the technician spend on property, the length of the pipe, and ease of access can all impact the final cost. It can also be affected if the video feed is stored for a copy or a later viewing, or if it is sent to a monitor. This can cause the cost to range from 250 dollars to 500 dollars.
Inspections can save you both time and money. Should a problem be identified before it causes major damage or requires a pipe replacement, a simple repair may be all that is need. This is considerably less expensive than water damage from a burst pipe, which would both result in a replacement and home renovations.
Repairing Your Damaged Pipes
Should our technicians find that the pipe has minor damage, such as cracks or some signs of aging, they can use pipe lining for the repair. However, this can only be used if the original pipe is still structurally sound because the lining adheres to its wall. Before beginning the repair, the pipe may need to be cleaned. This is called hydro jetting and it relies on pressurized water to blast away buildup or clogs. This washes away old debris and buildup that could be decreasing the width of the pipe. It also creates a smooth surface for the lining to bond onto. Depending on the length of time spent on hydro jetting and the severity of the clog, cleaning can cost between 350 dollars to 600 dollars.
Once the pipe has been cleaned, the lining process can begin. In order to insert the lining, a small access point is dug. The lining, or epoxy resin, is layered onto the surface of an inflatable tube. Once the tube is inflated, the epoxy resin is pressed against the pipe’s wall, creating an airtight barrier. Then over a period of twenty-four hours, the epoxy resin hardens into the new wall. The tube can then be removed and the repair will be complete. The final bill of the lining is dependent on the length of pipe. Typically, the repair can cost 250 dollars per foot of repaired pipe.
Replacing Damaged Pipes
If the technician finds that the pipe is too damaged or too old for the lining, they may opt to burst the pipe. This is done with precision and care. After an access point is created or found, the bursting equipment can be inserted. This consists of a bursting head, a hydraulic pulley system, and the replacement pipe. The bursting head is just slightly wider than the diameter of the pipe. This allows it to cleanly split the pipe open. As the bursting head is pulled through the old pipe, it breaks it apart and leaves space for the new one that is attached to the back of the head. Once the new pipe is position correctly, it is attached to the sewer system and is ready to go. Because this does require extra equipment compared to the lining, as well as the expense of a new pipe, this can cost upwards of 250 dollars per foot. The cost of the new pipe varies due to length, size, and material.
Trenchless vs Traditional Repairs
Compared to the traditional method of sewer pipe repair, these trenchless methods are much more affordable. The traditional dig process could take up from six to eight weeks. During those times, the water would need to be shut off and the homeowner displaced to a friend’s home or even a hotel. This can add to the cost of the repair. City or county permits may need to be acquired and paid for, as well as the hiring of contract companies in order to use heavy machinery. The rental bill for these machines and additional labor could easily heighten the overall cost, and the costs will likely not end once the pipes have been repaired. This method leaves deep trenches in yards, which can disturb plants, landscaping, decks, patios, and driveways. It is even possible that the technicians would need home access in order to remove floorboards or concrete in the basement. This could leave enormous amounts of property damage. To rectify it, home renovations, decorators, and contractors would need to be hired. These services could cost you in both large amounts of money and in time. In total, the traditional method could cost up to twenty thousand dollars, and require up to eight weeks to even complete the job.
If you would like to discuss which methods would work best for you, please don’t hesitate to call or email us. If you’d like an estimate on the cost of your Chicago, IL sewer repair, our technicians would be happy to assist you. Feltner’s Sewer takes pride to providing you with quality work, so you can rest assured we can get the job done properly.