Pipe Relining: Don’t Let Plumbing Repairs Ruin Your Backyard

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A damaged drain system can be quite a nuisance, especially if you know that you will have to dig up lines and ruin the appearance of your backyard. What if we told you that there is a better way? You can decide for trenchless sewer system that is not so hard to install and does not cause damage to your lawn. Hiring professionals to install this system is much easier, but a handy DIY enthusiast can make it work too, of course, with some instructions. So, here is a short guide for those homeowners who want to tackle this task by themselves.

Check the Local Codes

Before you start working on your sewage system, you must do your research about building codes related to it. Instead of reading tons of new regulations, you can simply go to your local code enforcement office and ask. This way, you will make sure that your system will not require any later updates or changes because it was not up to code.



Make Sure There Are No Obstructions

After you are done with the potential law obstructions, you should check the ones on or under the ground. Do not do any work under the surface until you check whether there are any pipes or wiring. In most of the cases, there will be no such obstacles, but it is better to be safe than sorry.

Check the Severity of the Breaks

A wet spot on your lawn indicates there is a break in your drain system. Still, you cannot know if that is the only break or how serious it is until you dig a bit deeper. Dig up a section of the line to check the severity of the break. Depending on what you find out, you can either coat the interior of the line or replace the damaged section before applying the trenchless sewer solution.

Reline Instead of Replace

In some cases, there is no need for replacing the entire system. The trenchless sewer line can also serve for coating the entire system or replacing a single section. If you have one weakened pipe, a small crack or waste build up, you can use the relining system, advise Sydney-based pipe relining experts. It is performed through the main drain pipe and it can seal small ruptures and cracks.

Remove the Tree Roots

One of the most common causes of drain breaks is roots that have penetrated into the drain line. Sometimes not even the trenchless sewer system can prevent the line breakage. If you can, cut down the tree that is interrupting the line. If the tree is, for instance, in your neighbor’s backyard, you can prevent the roots from coming closer to the line.

Unclog the Drains

Before you start installing the trenchless sewer, you must make sure if there are any clogged drains. You will do that easily, by pouring a drain cleaner/septic tank cleaner down the drains. Do that a couple of weeks before using the trenchless sewer to make sure the drains are truly clean.

Dig Two Small Holes

Digging two small holes (at either end of the rupture) is sometimes enough to repair a small damage on the drain pipes, without causing any damage on the landscape. Just slide an inflatable tube through one of them, and control the way it feeds through the line from the other hole.




The days of destroying an entire backyard over one cracked pipe are long gone. Now, you can use the trenchless sewer system to solve such problems without having to dig large holes in your lawn. The best thing about it? You can do it by yourself.

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