Trenchless or Bust The US Sewer System is Reaching the Point of Collapse
Here are some fast facts:
- According to the American Water Works Association, the United States will have to spend $1 trillion in the next 25 years to repair our aging sewer and water system, and the situation is much the same in Canada.
- At least 850 water mains break every day in North America, to say nothing of the millions of gallons of water wasted through leaks elsewhere in the system.
- On the residential side, your home’s sewer will only last for an average of 40 years or less before experts say it will need to be replaced.
- A showerhead that leaks just 10 drips a minute will waste 500 gallons each year!
It’s not wonder there are an estimated 386,900 plumbers working in the United States in 2015. More and more, homeowners, city planners, and businesses are discovering that there’s only one way to keep our aging pipes and sewers up to date — trenchless pipe repair.
Is Trenchless Sewer Pipe Replacement All It’s Cracked Up To Be?
There are various methods of trenchless plumbing, but as the name suggests, they all allow technicians to replace or repair broken, leaking, clogged, or rusted pipes without digging an access trench. For homeowners scared of digging up their entire front yard and driveway, or business owners reluctant to tear down walls and floors, trenchless pipe repair is the answer to a prayer. Not only that, but major cities around the world are using trenchless plumbing techniques to replace massive sewer lines without disrupting traffic.
The average person doesn’t spend much time thinking about sewer line repair, which is why about 80% of Angie’s List users had never heard of trenchless sewer repair. But if the United States is going to repair thousands of miles of aging sewers without spending too much on pipe replacement costs, then it’s literally trenchless or bust.
What Does That Mean For You?
For trenchless plumbers, that means getting the word out to the public at large. It also means training a new generation of plumbers in the latest trenchless pipe repair techniques. The more skilled workers there are providing this service, the lower sewer replacement costs will be to the average taxpayer and homeowner.
But the public can do its part too. So many people put off a sewer video inspection, afraid they will have to pay for costly repairs. In the meantime, waste and water is leaking into the ground, harming our environment. The better homeowners care for their own pipes, the less strain is put on public pipe systems.
Trenchless sewer replacement has been around for at least 15 years now, and it’s time that the secret gets out.