If you’ve been told you have a damaged sewer pipe that needs repairs, trenchless sewer repair in San Jose, CA, offers many benefits. While some companies still use traditional sewer line replacement methods, Plumbtree Plumbing & Rooter prefers a more cost-effective and less invasive sewer repair and replacement approach. Why deal with extended timelines, expensive services, unnecessary digging, and destruction of your landscaping and concrete surfaces when there’s a better way? Our sewer line experts use modern methods that minimize the challenges that come with traditional methods of sewer repairs.

In this post, we review the advantages of trenchless repair and replacement options and help you understand what to expect when you go trenchless.

What Is Trenchless Sewer Repair?

First, let’s talk about what it’s not. Traditional sewer repair and replacement involves excavation equipment and digging up damaged sewer lines, resulting in quite a bit of destruction to your property. When traditional dig-and-repair methods are used, homeowners can expect long project timelines, equipment left on lawns for days or weeks at a time, and expensive labor costs. The open trenches are also a safety hazard.

Trenchless sewer repair and replacement is different. It’s an innovative approach to repairing or replacing sewer lines, and it doesn’t require a lot of equipment or extensive excavation. This method uses advanced technology to make repairs or replacements without digging up your yard, using alternative and highly effective methods such as pipe bursting and pipe lining.

Pipe bursting is the preferred method when you need a larger sewer line. This method breaks the sewer pipe into smaller pieces and lays new pipes at the same time. Pipe lining is a great choice when the sewer line’s size is sufficient.

Top 4 Benefits of Trenchless Sewer Repair

No one wants to deal with sewer line damage, but it happens. If you find yourself in this situation, you want the most cost-effective, fastest, effective option that doesn’t cut corners. Below are the top four reasons sewer experts and homeowners prefer trenchless methods.

1. Cost-effectiveness

When comparing the cost of traditional vs. trenchless sewer repair, it may initially appear that trenchless is slightly more expensive. What you must look at and consider is the overall cost and not just the cost of materials.

Trenchless materials do cost more. However, you save overall with reduced labor and restoration costs and less disruption. Dig-and-repair sewer jobs have more labor requirements. The jobs take longer to complete, meaning you spend more money paying the experts to fix the problem.

The disruption and subsequent costs to restore disturbed landscaping and concrete surfaces like driveways, patios, and foundation slabs add up quickly. When you consider that trenchless repair and replacement only requires one or two holes, depending on the trenchless method used, you discover you’ll have fewer out-of-pocket costs. Despite the higher material costs, we find that our customers save, on average, 30%-50% when compared with excavation repair or replacement services.

2. Quality Assurance

Another advantage of trenchless sewer repair and replacement is confidence that the problem will be fixed the first time. Sewer experts utilizing trenchless methods use advanced camera technology to locate and identify the problem. We also use the same technology to ensure the repairs have been completed by our strict quality standards, municipal codes, and industry regulations.

The high-resolution cameras we thread through sewer pipes allow us to diagnose problems without digging and confirm that our repairs fixed the problem. Once again, this enables us to use less invasive methods to minimize digging and adds to trenchless sewer line repair benefits.

3. Time Efficiency

The more digging required to repair or replace sewer pipes, the longer the service takes. At Plumbtree Plumbing & Rooter, we know you have better things to do with your time than wait for sewer repairs to be completed. With trenchless methods, you get your plumbing back to normal sooner and can return to everyday routines. You won’t have to spend days or weeks using the gas station bathroom down the road or showering at the gym.

4. Minimal Disruption

Everyone likes to save money, but if you ask our customers what they enjoy most about trenchless repair options, it is how it ensures minimal property disturbances. You work hard to make your home something you’re proud of, including putting time and energy into beautifying your yard. When a sewer problem threatens to disturb all the work you’ve done or paid others to do, the last thing you want is to have it torn up. Trenchless technology doesn’t affect the aesthetics of your property.

The Trenchless Repair and Replacement Process

Trenchless procedures involve step-by-step approaches that rely on state-of-the-art technology and expert skills. It starts with an initial assessment and ends with a final inspection. It’s a seamless process focused on quality and efficiency. When you work with Plumbtree Plumbing & Rooter, here’s what you can expect.

Assessment and Inspection

We begin with assessing the damaged sewer line. We use high-definition waterproof cameras to determine the exact location and extent of the damage. Once we have this information, we can decide the best method to solve the problem, whether it’s repair or replacement.


We only require minimal access points for trenchless sewer repair or replacement methods. We locate the beginning and end of the pipe and mark these access points for digging. Unlike traditional sewer methods, we don’t dig a trench. We only dig one or two small holes the size of the pipe’s diameter.

Determining the Repair or Replacement Methods

Our trenchless sewer experts use either pipe bursting or pipe lining. Pipe bursting works best when pipes have extensive damage and require replacement. We use a specialized bursting head inserted into the damaged pipe. The bursting head breaks apart the old pipe while laying a new one in its place. The broken-up pipe pieces get left in the soil.

When the sewer pipe is still intact structurally with only minor damage, we use the pipe lining method. We insert a flexible resin-coated liner through the damaged sewer pipe. Once we’ve positioned it, the liner is inserted and cured inside the damaged pipe. This method creates a pipe within a pipe and a seamless, corrosion-resistant lining. It’s an excellent method for strengthening old pipes that are mostly in good condition.

Trenchless Sewer Repair in San Jose

At Plumbtree Plumbing & Rooter, our sewer experts know that when you need sewer repairs, you need them fast. That’s why we offer 24/7 service to diagnose problems and get repairs started. Our team has decades of combined experience, offers competitive pricing, and delivers service with a smile. Ask us more about our sewer camera inspection!

Trenchless sewer repair and replacement is something we’re proud to offer to our customers, but it’s not the only reason we’re “Your Neighborhood Plumbing Experts.” We use that slogan because we also offer a wide range of comprehensive plumbing services, including drain cleaning, leak detection, hydro-jetting, sump pump services, gas line services, and more. We’re a BBB-accredited plumbing service providing exceptional services to San Jose and the Greater Silicon Valley.

If sewer problems have put a kink in your household routine, contact the team at Plumbtree Plumbing & Rooter today to learn more about trenchless sewer repair.

Josh Gibson

Hi, I’m Josh. I’ve been around plumbing my whole life. When I was 5-6 years old my family built a home where I did a lot of the sanding of copper pipe and definitely some playing in the mud. Plumbing is a major part of my family as I am a fourth-generation plumber. The skills I bring to the job are a good technical knowledge of plumbing and code requirements. I am often complimented on my hands-on problem-solving skills.
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