manhole leading to sewer for trenchless sewer repair by a plumber

Why Don’t All Plumbers Offer Trenchless Sewer Line Repair?

Have you been shopping around for a plumbing contractor that offers trenchless sewer line repair? One question we hear now and again is that one of our customers first talked to So-and- so’s plumbing company, he did an inspection of our sewer line, and he recommended trenched sewer line repair. When asked if he offered trenchless, he said no. Why? We’ll explore several reasons why not all plumbers offer trenchless sewer line repair in your area.

1. It’s a specialized skill.

Above all, trenchless sewer line repair is a specialized skill. This means it requires extensive training, both hands on and textbook, in order to be performed safely and up to code. The bottom line is that you should only trust a plumber who is licensed to perform trenchless sewer repair – putting your trust (and your money) in the skills of anyone underqualified means risking the safety of your home.

2. Sometimes trenchless isn’t an option.

Your plumbing provider might have good reason to refuse to perform trenchless sewer line repair on your pipeline. If the sewer pipe is too far gone and full of cracks or large portions of collapsed pipe, then trenchless repair methods won’t alleviate the problem. Instead, traditional trenched sewer repair is the only option.

3. It can be expensive to the customer.

Trenchless sewer line repair can sometimes be more expensive up front to the customer, leading some plumbers to think that it’s not worth their time to offer the service. This couldn’t be farther from the truth, however. While more expensive initially, trenchless sewer line repair can last for decades, is less invasive, and requires fewer permits than trenched repair. These benefits for outweigh the initial high cost.

4. The possibility of damaged gas or electrical lines.

It’s true that plumbers need to be careful of existing gas and electrical lines when performing trenchless sewer repair. A plumber who isn’t properly trained might avoid trenchless sewer repair so that they don’t have to deal with this possibility.

While there are several reasons that a plumber might choose not to offer trenchless sewer line repair, it doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t look for a plumber who does. Trenchless sewer repair offers many benefits, and you would be better off choosing a plumber who gives you the option of trenched or trenchless sewer line repair.  Relief Home Services is proud to offer trenchless sewer repair in Longmont, and Trenchless sewer repair in Fort Collins.

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