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Trenchless Sewer Repair: Worried About Your Sewer Line? Our Knowledge and Experience Will Help | Minneapolis, MN

Sewer backups and suspected sewer problems require a team effort, working with a plumber you can trust. At Paul Bunyan Plumbing & Drains in Minneapolis, MN we can examine your sewer system using our state-of-the-art video technology and outline the problems we see, then present the solutions that we recommend.

These days, a disruptive trench dug in your yard is not the only option, though sometimes it’s the most straightforward way to handle your sewer issues. We offer a wide variety of ways to address sewer problems such as:

  • Traditional Sewer Line Replacement
  • Trenchless Sewer Repair
    • `Pipe Lining
    • Pipe Bursting
    • Pipe Coating
  • Sewer Line “Belly” Video Detection and Targeted Repair


We’ll Make Recommendations, Answer Questions, Help You Understand Costs

Each of these solutions has advantages and disadvantages in material and pipe repair or replacement costs, permitting, yard and street repair costs, re-landscaping, and related costs. Your decision will depend on your type of home, yard, and street construction, the type of procedure you prefer, and your budget for the project. We can help you understand the complexities of sewer replacement and also help you make sure that your budget is as all-encompassing as possible.


Traditional Sewer Line Replacement

Though the basic costs of a traditional sewer line replacement are often higher than a trenchless sewer repair, the total cost and impact of the project can be a lot more than that of a simple pipe installation. That’s the first recommendation we make to property owners: compare pricing and reputation for the plumbing work, but also ask about the overall cost of the project and what costs will be involved to bring the home, yard, and street back to normal.


Trenchless Sewer Repair

There are several methods of trenchless sewer repair that we perform, and new ones are being developed that we’re evaluating for the future. The big advantage is accessing your sewer line through several small holes in your yard, rather than a long trench from your home to the street. These trenchless sewer repair methods are long-term repairs, intended to last for many decades just like traditional piping.


Pipe Lining

Using a textile pipe liner and high-tech resin, we blow the liner into your sewer line with air, using a special liquid resin which hardens in place so that it renews the interior of your pipe. This is called CIPP, or cured in place pipe, and is a fairly sophisticated method of trenchless sewer repair, time-tested and versatile.


Pipe Bursting

Somewhat closer to a traditional replacement but without the mess, this trenchless sewer repair technique breaks apart the existing pipe and replaces it with a new one by dragging a special device through your current sewer line. It involves minimal disturbance to your yard and landscape.


Pipe Coating

This method of trenchless sewer repair addresses the specific problems in your sewer line through direct application of durable material. It uses video inspection results to identify the areas of concern and uses small access holes in your yard to insert the material and a robotic device and direct the repairs by remote control.


“Belly” Video Detection

There are some problems with your sewer line that complicate trenchless sewer repair, including what is often called a “belly,” where the line becomes deformed and replacement is usually indicated. We’ll help you make sure that you have the right information about your sewer line’s condition as you decide how to repair or replace it.


There Are Many Factors — Let’s Talk About Them:


When we run a video inspection of your sewer line, it takes the guesswork out of the work we do to service it. We see the condition of the piping and couplings, the types of blockages, and the location of each problem.


At a minimum, recovering from a trench-based sewer line replacement is going to involve significant lawn replacement. Any landscaping features along the sewer line will be affected and need to be redone. Trenchless sewer repair will only affect several small areas of your lawn.


Typical open-trench sewer repair has a significant impact on the street’s pavement over your connection to the main city sewer line. Your work will include repairing that pavement area. This will also require services to handle traffic on the street while the work is being done. It’s a significant expense that’s often overlooked in budgeting. Trenchless sewer repair is more limited and can help lower these costs due to the reduced impact on the street.

Detours and Personnel

The placement of street detours, police or other personnel to handle traffic, and other costs during the street-based portion of your sewer replacement should be part of your budget as well.


Municipalities require permits to be obtained by your licensed plumber which cover sewer work of this magnitude. This is yet another item that is often omitted from initial estimates.


The time the plumber spends in performing the repair or replacement may be included in the cost estimate, but it is important to make sure that you consider all the time spent by professionals for which you could be billed, as well as the cost of your own time and inconvenience. A faster repair may be worth a lot to you.

Costs Can Seem Overwhelming

If you’re just starting to consider what to do about your Minneapolis, MN area sewer concerns, this overview may already seem complex to you. Relax, reach out to us, and let’s talk about how to approach your specific situation for the best results. We know the way.


From Information to Implementation, We’re with You

Sewer trouble brewing? Call now and find out how we can help you before it gets worse. We’ll make sure you’re informed at the beginning of the process, then confident and satisfied when we’re done. We’re Paul Bunyan Plumbing & Drains, serving the Minneapolis, MN area. Call us at 612-340-1444 or contact us through our website and let us help you plan.

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