Over the years, many methods, techniques, and technologies have been used to implement plumbing repairs. Most of these techniques and technologies have evolved significantly over the years thereby cutting the cost and easing the process of implementing plumbing repairs. Pipes are easily damaged and hence require repairs and replacements from time to time. These repairs and replacements can be implemented very easily if the pipes are visible. But for concealed pipes installed inside walls and under the ground, repairs and replacements are quiet a hassle. Most sewer lines are laid down below the ground. This makes it very hard to repair or replace these pipes when they are damaged. The open cut excavation method is still the most popular method of repairing and replacing underground sewer lines. This traditional Cincinnati sewer repair method involves the excavation of the ground to fully expose the damaged sewer line. The damaged part of the pipe is then removed and replaced with a new pipe. The open cut sewer excavation method is starting to lose its popularity to the less intrusive trenchless sewer repair and replacement technique. Let us now look at the advantages and disadvantages of this traditional sewer repair and replacement method.
Advantages Of Open Cut Sewer Excavation
The open cut sewer exaction method is best suited to unpaved surfaces. It’s very easy to implement in an unpaved ground. One of the main advantages of the open cut sewer exaction method is that it’s cheaper to implement in non-pavement areas. In such areas, the traditional method does not require the sophisticated equipment needed for trenchless sewer repair and replacement. Plumbers armed with rudimentary tools like shovels can dig the ground where the damaged sewer line is installed and replace it without incurring any extra costs. Another advantage of the open cut sewer excavation method is that it’s suitable for severely damaged sewer lines. This method is recommended for underground sewer lines that have totally collapsed maybe due to old age or heavy root infiltration. Unlike the trenchless method that requires a “holding” pipe for passage, the traditional open cut sewer excavation method can reach the broken pieces, remove them, and install a new pipe. And last but not least, the open cut sewer excavation method does not require the plumber to remove roots or debris in the pipe before repairs or replacement.
Disadvantages Of Open Cut Sewer Excavation
As mentioned above, the open cut sewer excavation method is losing popularity to the newly introduced trenchless sewer repair and replacement technology. This is mainly because it has several disadvantages that undermine its functional application and suitability. One major disadvantage of the open cut sewer excavation method is that it’s very intrusive. It involves the digging up of the whole length of the damaged pipe for access. This leads to environmental damage. The open cut sewer excavation method is also relatively expensive and time consuming than the trenchless methods in paved areas. Digging up a damaged sewer line on a paved surface will require more resources in terms of labor and equipment. This can prove quite expensive compared to the trenchless methods, which require just one entry point and one exit point.