- When you need to diagnose a problem. Whenever a problem occurs with your plumbing, it is a good idea to get someone out to diagnose the problem immediately. Diagnosing a problem is simple using trenchless technology. Special robots are lowered into the pipes. Special sensors send back a wealth of data to operators, allowing them to exactly map and diagnose the problem area. Once the exact nature of the problem is known, fixing it is made much simpler.
- To fix cracked or broken pipe sections. Cracked pipes from sources such as root intrusion and infiltration can be easily fixed cheaply and effectively using either pull-in-place lining or pipe bursting. Pull in place lining is put in at one end and pulled through the targeted area on the other end. This type of trenchless technology does require a small amount of digging at either end. Once the lining is pulled in place, it is sealed using a special epoxy.
- To lay new piping. New piping can also be laid using a type of trenchless technology called moling. With this method, the landscape is not disturbed by pipes being laid since the holes are made with a pneumatically-driven machine known in the industry as a mole. Moling can be used to lay new water or sewer pipes as well as the heating coils of heat pump system.
- When replacing large sections of existing piping. Replacing large sections of pipe can be done as easily as fixing small sections. The exact technique that is used will depend on the length of the pipe and the environment around it.
- To map your buildings piping system. Laser scanning is a very useful application that is possible using trenchless technology. While CCTV pipe inspection is adequate for locating blocks and fractures, when a detailed map is needed, laser scanning is the preferable technology. Having a detailed map of your buildings existing plumbing will allow you to predict future problems and add on to existing systems.
The applications of trenchless technology in the plumbing and pipe laying industry continues to grow as new innovations are made. Trenchless technology is typically a much more inexpensive solution to pipe repair and maintenance due to the fact that less manual labor is required for each job. Its economical cost combined with its ability to preserve the landscape as well as reduce the need for intrusions into the building are making trenchless technology the service of choice for plumbing repair, installation and maintenance.