5 Varied Types of Trenchless Technology
The so-called no-dig technology or trenchless technology has been widely used nowadays. This method is the new way of installing and rehabilitating underground utility pipes so you don’t have to excavate the earth and extract these large and heavy trenches from the ground. The lesser excavation, the lesser nuisance and disturbance the process can cause to your property, time and pockets. This method will only require the contractors to excavated pits so they could access the pipe. However, many homeowners do not know the kinds of trenchless technology yet. To help you, here are some of it:
Directional boring is oftentimes termed as horizontal directional drilling (HDD). This is one of the methods used in installing underground water and sewer pipes, as well as conduits near the prescribed path. Many plumbing industries in the world use this method because of its lesser impact to the surrounding. Aside from that, it is also known to be less invasive to buildings, driveways, sidewalks, roads and well-landscaped properties.
Pipe lining is also referred as Cured-In-Place-Pipe (CIPP). This trenchless technology is commonly used to rehabilitate slightly damaged pipe instead of spending too much money, time and effort in replacing them. Pipe lining will rehabilitate damaged pipes by creating a pipe-within-a-pipe effect with the help of special epoxy resins. New pipes are certainly strong and durable; however, pipe lining will increase the structural integrity and performance of your pipe more than what a new pipe can. This is evidently less invasive to property and infrastructures compared to digging the entire trench length and replacing them. Pipe lining will only require the contractors two pits to finish the process. This may not completely eradicate the digging but it has reduced to 80 percent.
When your pipes are severely destroyed, chances are you cannot use Pipe Lining to rehabilitate it. However, if you do not want your properties to be destroyed just because of using the conventional method of pipe replacement. Pipe bursting is an effective replacement method without destroying your well-landscaped properties. This method will require two pits-the receiving and the inserting pit. These pits will serve as the access towards the pipe. The damaged pipe will be destroyed by a bursting head while simultaneously replacing the destroyed pipe.
Thumping is non-directional pipe installation method which requires two access pits as well. A steering equipment will be inserted into the first pit until it reaches the target receiving pit. When the equipment reaches the second one, a trench will be attached to the equipment and is pulled backwards to the first pit, to install the pipe without damaging the property especially when driveways, sidewalks and roads are prohibitive.
Hydro excavation is a method that makes use of high water pressure to loosen the soil. A vacuum will then be simultaneously used to remove the soil loosened by the high-water pressure. This is less destructive to pipelines, cables and other underground utilities compared to the use of heavy equipment such as backhoe and augers.