Trenchless sewer repair is one way to repair or replace sewer lines around a property. The traditional and older approach to the same job is to excavate the existing line, remove it, and replace it with a new one. Plenty of people in the Port St. Lucie area may have to figure out whether they want to use the trenchless process at some point in their home ownership. The team at Legacy Plumbing Experts wants you to understand the process and its benefits before you decide.

What Is Trenchless Sewer Repair?

As the term suggests, trenchless sewer repair is a solution where you don’t excavate the land. Instead, a plumber will guide a device into the sewer line that will clear the space and take care of repairs. The specific process can vary based on the type of damage and how much of the sewer line is still intact. Regardless of which process is used, the net result will be a new stretch of line sleeved into the affected area. The new line will have a complete seal to prevent leakage and ensure optimal operation.

Avoiding Damaging the Yard

The obvious argument for trenchless sewer repair is that you won’t have to excavate. Particularly if you’d like to protect your yard, this is a huge selling point. Even if you’re not too worried about the affected area, the sewer line could run under the driveway or sidewalk. In some cases, the affected area could go through the foundation or under the patio. Since you won’t be excavating to access the pipe, you won’t have to damage and then repair the surface features.


Using a trenchless approach will move things along more quickly. The biggest obstacle will be clearing out debris and soil from the affected area. Even in the case of a complete collapse with significant debris from something like a damaged tile sewer pipe, modern trenchless techniques can clear these areas rapidly. In many cases, the process allows the plumber to clear at the front end of the project while they pull the sleeved lining into place behind it. Overall, this adds very little additional work to the process.


As you might imagine, digging up a yard imposes additional costs. Using an excavator, even a small one, incurs operating and labor expenses over and above the price of putting in the line. By using the trenchless repair process, a plumber eliminates one layer of cost from the project.

Reduced Soil Loss

Any time you disturb the soil, there is a heightened risk of soil loss. Especially in a region that gets extreme storms, this isn’t a great scenario for your yard or the surrounding environment. The trenchless process leaves the soil undisturbed. Consequently, you don’t have to worry about erosion that may happen while the excavated area recovers its plant cover.


Not all sewer lines go through the most accessible parts of a property. Suppose a previous owner installed an addition over the sewer line. You don’t want to have to break the floor of the addition open to access the line and repair it. Relining the existing pipe makes it easier to get into a tough spot and to do a high-quality job.

Structural Concerns

The sewer line may also run through structurally important parts of the house or other buildings. Digging into those structural features is not trivial. Worse, you may have to remove structural components in extreme cases. Using trenchless sewer line repair, you can avoid the risk to the structure and the attached difficulty of working around structural supports.


Trenchless repair methods allow plumbers to work on all kinds of different lines. Especially if you have an older house, the sewer lines may use a material that has to be completely replaced. A more versatile solution allows you to preserve the existing system. Since trenchless techniques are compatible with all common sewer line designs, the odds are high that the solution will be workable.

Legacy Plumbing Experts handles a wide range of plumbing and sewer line issues. We are a proud member of the PHCCA, and our business maintains an A+ rating with the BBB. Financing options are available for qualified customers, and we also offer specials regularly. We service hot water heaters, install water treatment equipment, and can help with a bathroom remodel. If you own a place in or near Port St. Lucie, contact Legacy Plumbing Experts today to discuss your plumbing needs.

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