Benefits of Trenchless Water Line Replacement

If you find yourself needing to replace outdoor water lines running to your home, then you may want to consider trenchless water line replacement. It will save you time, money, and stressful repairs that may be required after traditional digging leaves its mark on your beautiful landscape. In this article, the plumbing experts at Summit Drain, who specialize in trenchless pipe repair and sewer repair, will discuss the advantages of trenchless water line replacement so you can decide if it’s the right choice for you.

Understanding trenchless water line replacement

Trenchless water line replacement is the most efficient and modern way of swapping out your old or damaged water pipes, minus the extensive digging that was typically required in the past. The method works by inserting a new pipe into your existing pipe, utilizing the channels that have already been dug across your property.

To start, we recommend consulting with professional plumbers like Summit Drain to assess if this option is feasible for your property.

Advantages of trenchless water line replacement

It’s non-invasive. You won’t have to worry about destroying existing landscaping features or structures because trenchless water line replacement works with your existing utility system to get new pipes installed. It’s also much faster.

Trenchless water line replacement requires less people power and resources to get the job done, so your project will be completed faster than you think. Finally, for environmental concerns, trenchless water line replacement does an excellent job of not disturbing the small ecosystem that exists in your yard.

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Working around existing landscapes and structures

If you’ve already committed considerable money and time to beautify your landscape with lovely gardens or an elegant driveway, then trenchless water line replacement is the perfect solution for you. Because this innovative method simply relies on pulling a new pipe through your existing or damaged pipes or pushing a new liner through the system, this will ensure that you don’t disturb the surrounding area too much.

This minimizes the amount of restoration or excavation work you may have to undertake to return things to normal after the project is complete.

Enhanced durability and lifespan

When compared to traditional methods, trenchless water line replacement allows the homeowner to enjoy a plumbing system with a longer lifespan because our crews use high-quality resources and seamless pipes made from polyethylene.

Resistant to corrosion, invading roots, and leaks with no seams to be seen — you can rest easy knowing that your pipes are going to last for as long as you own your home.

Time and cost savings

Because there’s no extensive digging required, this means less restoration, excavation, and ultimately fewer labour costs. This all means that the installation process is highly efficient, meaning we are in and out of your property faster — leading to less disruption to homeowners’ daily lives.

If you want a cost-effective and efficient solution for replacing old or damaged water pipes, trenchless water line replacement can meet all of these needs.

Ready to start your sewer line repair?

To find out if trenchless water line replacement or trenchless water line repair is right for you, contact Summit Drain today to book your free consultation and get a complimentary estimate for all your plumbing needs. Also, ask us about our trenchless sewer repair. We’re looking forward to hearing from you.


A main sewer line blockage can cause water to backup in random places. For instance, you run your washing machine and notice your sink overflowing – this can be a clear sign that you have a clogged drain line.

If you have ruled out a potential sewer drain clog, you can rinse your sewer drain by flushing it with water. When you flush your lines, try adding a bit of drain cleaner to the water. A great place to flush your sewer line is the toilet – a larger amount of water and drain cleaner can enter your system quickly and easily. Unfortunately, if you do this when you have a clog, it can cause backup and potential flooding – if this is the case, clear the clog first.

You should generally know if your sewer line is blocked with slow drainage. The purpose of the sewer line is to take all the water drainage away from your house via sinks, bathtubs or toilets – if you find that there is slower drainage in one drain then you can essentially clear that yourself using a drain snake or a plunger.

There is confusion regarding when you are responsible for sewer line repair. While some may believe that the homeowner is only responsible for repairing the part of the line that’s on their property, this is not the case. Sewer lines consist of multiple sections, the upper lateral, lower lateral and the main line. The city is only responsible for repairing the main sewer line.

If issues with the main sewer line cause damage to your lower lateral, which is most likely where the damage would generally first start – the city would repair this damage when they work on the main sewer line. Unfortunately, if there is backup and flooding on your property from the main sewer line, then the city would not be responsible. It is best to follow up with the city to see if they will repair any damage in these cases.

Unpleasant smells coming from your drains is indicative of sewer line issues and damage. You should always take these types of smells seriously as it could be toxic fumes slowly releasing from the sewer below into your home.

There are a number of ways to clear a slow drain using products found around the home:

Bent Wire – If you do not have a drain snake, you can try using a stiff wire – like one from a clothes hanger, leaving the hook to enter pipes and pull out any clogs. Try to make sure you don’t push debris further into the pipe.

Homemade Flush – Mixing baking soda and vinegar can dissolve any materials that are potentially clogging your drain pipes. This is a good and much safer alternative to store-bought chemical cleaners.

Toilet Plunger – Like plunging a toilet, you can try using this on your drains. Using a plunger on your drains can help get things moving by using suction. This should be enough to fix any mild blockages.

Aged drain pipes are at risk for corrosion which can lead to breaks. Summit Drain has both the technology and expertise to fix this if necessary.

Yes. Drain pipes are durable, but not meant to last forever. If you live in an older home in Ottawa, most likely the pipes are made from copper and can collapse in this day and age.

When it comes to a collapsed drain, call Summit Drain. We use trenchless technology to replace sewer pipes made from original materials without ruining your property.

Rock salt
Rock salt helps by removing moisture from the roots, which in turn kills them. Two lbs should do the trick, pour 1 down the toilet. Flush until gone. And repeat with the next. Then leave for 12 hours and don’t run any water.

Foaming root killers
Another effective way to treat roots in pipes is with foaming root killers. Pour powder into toilet and flush. It will foam upon contact with water. Not only does it help dissolve current roots, but also helps to protect against future ones.

Copper sulfate
Copper sulfate is another good option. Available at most hardware stores, pour roughly half a cup into toilet and flush until gone. Leave the home and take all pets and family members along. This is a toxic substance and banned in some places.

Should I replace old pipes?
There does come a time where it makes sense to replace your pipes. Over time they crack and corrode. It is recommended to begin routine inspections once your home reaches 50 years in age. For plumbing Services in and around the Ottawa area, nobody does it like Summit Drain.

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