What is Trenchless Technology?

Before and after trenchless technology

Before and after pipe replacement from Formadrain

The pipe systems that underlay our homes and office buildings bring us fresh water, take away gray water and shuttle sewage to treatment centers. While the system is efficient, over time, pipes rust, crack and become clogged and it is necessary to replace them. This has become a much more complex job, as today pipes are overlaid with concrete foundations, making them difficult to access. Digging up pipes can cause damage to property and is a general hassle. New innovations in technology have allowed trenchless technology to emerge as a viable alternative to digging.

Trenchless technology replaces water and sewer pipes by using a number of non-invasive strategies combined with minimal digging. Some of the construction methods used in trenchless technology include thermoformed pipe, shotcrete, pipe bursting, sliplining, gunite, cured-in-place pipe (CIPP), mechanical spot repair and grout-in-place pipe.

All of these methods rely on the same strategy: to remove old pipe and reinstall new pipe in its place. The number of different methods is due to the fact that each situation is unique. Which method is most effective depends on what pipes need to be replaced, where they are located and the length of the piping.

Benefits of Trenchless Technology:
Trenchless technology has several benefits over traditional digging techniques. It is also eco-friendly, since impact on the surrounding landscape is minimized. Robotics are often used in trenchless technology, making it safer than traditional digging. Robots can easily go into spaces that are dangerous for humans. Digging trenches can be expensive, time consuming, and cause issues such as traffic closures and delays. Trenchless technology saves time and money when laying down new pipes, replacing old ones or when simply replacing a small section of existing pipe.

Diagnosing existing problems in pipes is also made easier with trenchless technology. Robots provide operators with a wealth of valuable information on the state of systems of pipes. Sonar sewer profiling, for example creates a cross section of the surrounding pipe, allowing for a complete inspection and diagnosis to be made without digging up a single pipe. CCTV pipe inspection is another type of trenchless technology that is gaining in popularity as an efficient way to inspect pipe systems.

Our Aging Infrastructure:
America’s infrastructure is aging, as many buildings, power plants, and waste-water treatment plants were built decades ago. Piping systems are in need of repair and maintenance however, complications, such as new buildings or the addition of additional levels of piping, have made digging technology more complicated if not impossible to conduct in a safe and efficient manner. Trenchless technology is the solution to maintaining, repairing and replacing aging and damaged piping throughout the cities of America and the world.

Companies specializing in trenchless technology are becoming more in demand as homeowners and contractors seek out more efficient ways of dealing with plumbing and piping. Trenchless technology is more flexible with different design constraints and is a more economical choice as well. Save time, money and your landscape by choosing trenchless technology for your plumbing and piping needs.

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