How Affordable Is Trenchless Pipe Repair Compared To Traditional Repair?

Owning a home can be expensive, and hearing about a pipe on your property that needs repairing can be the worst. When the time comes, it's just a matter of cost. Traditionally, repairing an underground line required several days, a lot of digging, and a lot of property damage. However, thanks to trenchless pipe repair, plumbers are now able to repair a pipe in less than a day with minimal digging. And as this technique becomes more widespread, many owners are asking questions. Please note the following.

Initial Costs

Traditional pipe repairs are a bit cheaper and you may have more options if you choose a plumber as this is a more common occurrence. The average cost of a traditional pipe repair ranges from $50 to $250 per foot, with costs such as

The cost of trenchless pipe repair depends on the method used, of which there are two:

  • Pipe Side Lining: This method uses the existing pipe, creating a layer of epoxy to cover any cracks or discontinuities in the pipe, essentially creating a new pipe. Tube side coating costs can range from $80 to $250 per foot.
  • Burst Tube: Using a pneumatic or hydraulic head, this method destroys the old tube and drives a new tube to replace it. It is generally cheaper than the side pipe trim, ranging from $60 to $200 per foot of pipe replaced.

Traditional repair methods may appear cheaper on paper, but that's not always the case.

Hidden Costs

Traditional pipe repairs have costs that are not included in the initial estimate. For example, the cost of digging up the old pipe may not be included, or it may require another contractor to complete the job. There may even be costs involved in transporting heavier items down the sewer line.

Even if the initial cost covers everything, it probably won't cover the cost of repairing a damaged driveway or landscape in the process. It often costs owners thousands of dollars to get their property back to where it was.

Conversely, trenchless rehabilitation avoids these costs because it is minimally invasive. Nothing is torn and nothing needs to be repaired afterwards. Overall, trenchless repairs are cheaper, cheaper, and easier to follow when repairing a ruptured pipe.

Professionals can help you keep your pipes in good condition.

If you think you have a pipe that needs repairing, it's important to call in a professional. At Bannister Plumbing & Air, we've been serving homeowners in Tyler and Cherokee county. To schedule a plumbing exam, call us today at (903) 201-2003.