Trenchless Sewer Repair

Did you know that you can repair or completely replace your sewer line with little to no digging?

Pipe bursting trenchless sewer repair in Twin Falls

Pipe bursting trenchless sewer repair in Twin Falls showing the bursting head with the new pipe attached just entering the old sewer

Western Septic & Excavation offers several different methods of trenchless sewer repair or replacement. Using cutting-edge equipment and technology, we are able to repair or replace your sewer with minimal excavation. Trenchless sewer repair enables many underground sewer pipes to be replaced without destroying your beautiful landscaping, concrete driveways and patios, and other sensitive or valuable aspects of your property.

  • Save on repair costs to concrete, landscaping, sprinkler systems, etc.
  • Trenchless sewer repairs in as little as 4 hours with little to no digging.
  • Replace existing sewers with seamless heavy-duty pipe that is root-proof.

We currently offer two types of trenchless sewer repair services:

Pipe Bursting

Western Septic & Excavation offers pipe bursting services across all of southern Idaho. Pipe bursting is a trenchless sewer repair method in which a small pit is dug at each end of a failed sewer and a brand new, seamless, heavy duty pipe is pulled through the old pipe. Pipe bursting is an excellent choice when the entire sewer line needs to be replaced. We use equipment manufactured by Tric Tools, the company that originally invented the trenchless sewer repair method by introducing pipe bursting in the 80’s. We are trained by the manufacturer in the process of pipe bursting and the proper use of the equipment.

When replacing a sewer using the pipe bursting method, a cone-shaped bursting head is attached to the end of a seamlessly fused HDPE pipe, which is then pulled through the old line by a powerful puller, breaking the old pipe and pushing it outwards to make room for the new pipe. Once pulled through, the new pipe is simply reconnected at either end and backfilled. This method requires only a small hole at each end of the sewer. The new pipe is impervious to roots and has an expected service life of 50-100 years or more. Unlike other trenchless sewer repair methods, pipe bursting is not simply a rehabilitation of the old line, but completely replaces the entire line with only minimal disruption of the property.

PipePatch No-Dig Pipe Repair
Broken drain pipe before PipePatch trenchless sewer repair

Broken drain pipe under concrete floor before PipePatch trenchless sewer repair

Western Septic & Excavation uses the PipePatch No-Dig Pipe Repair system for repairs in pipes that only need one or more spot repairs in an otherwise good line. PipePatch repairs can be performed with no digging in most cases. The PipePatch method, also known as CIPP (cured in place pipe) point repair, uses a fiberglass patch that is impregnated with resin. The resin-soaked patch is wrapped around a specialized packer and inserted into the pipe through a cleanout, vent stack, or toilet flange using a series of push rods. Once in place, the packer is inflated, pressing the fiberglass patch against the wall of the pipe as it cures. Once the packer is removed, the previously problematic spot is left with a very smooth interior with a nice tapered transition on either end, preventing any ledges inside the pipe that could cause blockages. The patch adheres to the wall of the pipe and is stronger than most original pipe materials. We are factory trained and certified to install PipePatch repairs, which offer a 50 year manufacturer’s guarantee.

Broken drain line under concrete after PipePatch repair trenchless sewer repair

Broken drain line under concrete after PipePatch repair trenchless sewer repair

The PipePatch method, also known as CIPP (cured in place pipe) point repair, uses a fiberglass patch that is impregnated with resin and inserted into the pipe using a series of push rods. Once in place, a specialized packer is inflated, pressing the fiberglass patch against the wall of the pipe as it cures. The patch adheres to the wall of the pipe and is stronger than most original pipe materials. PipePatch can be used to repair any type of pipe and can repair elbows, offset joints, holes in the pipe wall, and even transitions between pipe sizes, such as through a 3″ x 4″ reducing coupling. We have even repaired 4″ pipes through a 3″ access point without digging.

PipePatch is a good option when an otherwise good sewer has a problematic joint or two that are allowing roots to intrude into the pipe, causing blockages. The roots can be removed, and a patch applied over that joint to permanently seal it from root intrusion. Other good applications for PipePatch include cracked or broken sewer or drain pipes under slabs, driveways, patios, or expensive landscaping, cracked cast iron vent stacks that are allowing odors into the house, or rehabilitating short sections of pipe that are otherwise inaccessible for replacement. Multiple patches can be placed end to end to repair problematic pipes of greater length.

No matter what your situation, Western Septic & Excavation has a trenchless sewer repair solution that is right for you! Give us a call at (208) 539-4207 or click the button below to schedule an appointment today!