If you have a problem with your drains and/or sewer line in your Scranton home, you’re probably dreading the visit from a plumber you know you have to schedule. You’ve heard horror stories of five figure replacement costs, complete with backhoes tearing up the yard and concrete being ripped out of your driveway.
But, with modern technology, plumbers can now access, repair and replace drains and sewer lines with far less digging. Instead of digging a trench the length of the pipe, they use two much smaller holes to access either side of the affected pipeline.
The first step in any replacement is inspection. Your plumber must determine where the problem is located and what steps will be best to fix them. This is done by digging a small hole in the ground and accessing the pipeline. A video inspection unit can then be used to scope the pipe and check for clogs, leaks, roots infiltration or other problems that might be causing your plumbing issues.
Once the problem is located (and additional problems are ruled out), it’s time to fix it. In the case of replacement, a second pit will be dug on the opposite end of the length of pipe that needs to be replaced. Both holes are usually no more than two feet square, giving the plumber enough space to work. In many cases, the pipe will be jetted as well to remove any excess waste or clogs.
Replacing the Pipe
To replace the pipe line, a bursting cone is attached to the head of the new length of pipe and attached to a winch by a line of cable run through the middle of the existing pipe. The winch assembly then pulls the new line of pipe with its bursting cone through the old length of pipe. As it moves through, a plumber will feed new pipe into the hole bit by bit. The bursting cone makes space for the new pipe by destroying the old one.
The process is extremely efficient and allows your plumber to replace the pipe without actually digging up your yard and without replacing more pipe than is strictly necessary. You save money and the process is done just as quickly. Not a bad deal considering how invasive pipe replacement used to be.