How much is Trenchless Pipe Repair vs Traditional Pipe Repair?

While trenchless pipe repair solutions are becoming more common, many business owners question whether they are affordable compared to traditional pipe repair techniques. Here are a few factors worth considering.

Trenchless Pipe Repair vs Traditional Pipe Repair Costs?

On paper, traditional sewer pipe repair solutions are slightly less expensive than trenchless repair solutions. As this method of pipe replacement is more common, business owners typically have more contractors to choose from.

Every project is different, but the average cost of a traditional pipe repair ranges somewhere between $50 and $250 per foot depending on where the pipes are located, the pipe materials that are used, and other related factors. By those figures, a job involving 10 feet of pipe, could cost as much as $500 to $2,500. However, most pipe repair jobs require more than 10 feet of pipe and this figure accounts only for labor and materials used to repair the pipe itself, but you can get an idea of just how much a project like this could cost.

CIPP, or cured in place pipe lining, is a trenchless repair technique that uses existing pipe, adding a layer of resin to reline the pipe, repairing cracks and closing gaps to prevent leakage and soil intrusion – essentially creating a new pipe within the existing one. The costs for CIPP lining can range from $80 - $250 per foot.

If you compare strictly “by the numbers”, the price of traditional repair is less than or equal to that of trenchless repair solutions. This is, however, a superficial cost comparison that doesn’t tell the whole story.

Hidden Costs of Traditional Pipe Repair vs Trenchless Repair

There are a number of additional costs to consider when making repairs to a pipe that the prices listed above simply don’t cover.

For example, traditional trenching repairs don’t always include the cost of excavating the old pipe. Trenching can cost anywhere between $4 and $12 per foot; if the job is especially complicated, it may even require another contractor to perform the work. Also, if any large, heavy objects are located over the sewer pipes, there may be separate charges for relocating them before and after work is completed.

Even if the price estimate does cover the cost of digging up pipe, it almost certainly won’t include the cost of replacing landscaping after the fact. To repair their yard, homeowners often need to hire a professional landscaper to get things back to the way they were, which could cost thousands of dollars.

When doing repairs for commercial sewer and water pipes, the act of trenching can be extremely disruptive to business operations, blocking off sidewalks, driveways, or signage. If the project drags on for longer than expected, it could result in lost productivity and make it difficult to conduct business altogether.

Trenchless technologies can bypass these costs because they’re minimally invasive. There’s no need to rip up landscaping and sidewalks and these repairs are also completed in as little as a day, resulting in less disruption to businesses.

Taken as a whole, trenchless techniques are generally a faster and more cost-effective solution for most commercial and industrial pipe repair projects. At Cloud 9 Services, Inc., our pipe repair projects boast an average lifespan of 100 years so they can provide a peace of mind to the owner for the amount of money being paid. However at the end of the day the repair costs are based upon an individuals needs, so contact Cloud 9 Services, Inc. to get a free estimate on all your pipe repair needs. 

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With cured in place pipe repair, your project gets done quickly, with precision and reduces damage and disruption to the surrounding areas.  

If you have any further questions about cured in place pipe lining, give us a call at Cloud 9 Services Inc.


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