Pipe replacement today is very focused on trenchless pipe repair. Traditional methods of replacing or repairing pipes, which depended on trenches being dug, are slowly being phased out. In many situations, it is simply more beneficial to use trenchless technology. Of course, many people still use the traditional methods instead. For most contractors, this is the easy way out. No additional training has to be done to perform the standard pipe repair procedure. However, there are certain risks and disadvantages of trench-based techniques that make it less than ideal today. Here are some of these cons.
Opens You Up to Fines
You aren’t allowed to disrupt the flow of traffic on the street without a permit. This is a well-known fact, strictly enforced in the cities today. If you’re using trench based pipe replacement, you’re going to dig up a large portion of the ground. If the pipe runs parallel to or across a street, you may have to dig here too. This can severely restrict the flow of traffic up and down the road.If you leave the trenches open for too long, you could find yourself the recipient of hefty fines from the city council or the police department. Anyone who reports your disruption of traffic can and will be able to see your excavations turn into a big issue.
You Run the Risk of Going Over Budget
This is probably one of the scariest parts of the process. Traditional pipe repair is simply not as affordable as trenchless pipe repair. The cost of digging up large parts of the ground and then restoring it when the work is done is simply too much. You have to factor in the budget of the work being done to understand the negative impact it will have on your proposed budget. Trench-based repair techniques can result in huge collateral costs. This isn’t factoring in just how much you will have to pay if you are fined for the disruption of public activity.
Danger to General Public and Workers
Some pipes are located deep underground and therefore won’t be easy to reach by digging a trench. Even when it is dug, there is the added safety concern that arises. A trench that is many feet deep can prove to be a falling hazard for anyone nearby. If the full length of the trench isn’t clearly marked, it is only a matter of time until someone falls in when the light is failing. This is a huge risk as it can lead to insurance problems and even lawsuits. People who are injured by the trenches are well within their rights to sue for compensation.
The Risk of Punching Through a Gas Line
This is probably one of the biggest risks of using trench-based technology instead of trenchless pipe repair. You are digging into the ground, through which pipes containing gas and water may be running. If you don’t know exactly where to dig that is safe, you run the risk of puncturing one of these lines. This counts as the destruction of public property. You’re also putting a lot of your workers at risk of exploding gas lines when they hit them while digging. These lines pose another problem – if you break one and don’t realize it, the pipes you’re replacing could be contaminated too. In addition to this, people could die due to the gas leak.
Trench-based pipe repair techniques have many risks associated with them. You have to understand them all before going ahead with replacement. Time and money can never bring back lost lives due to negligence. Trenchless pipe repair is quickly becoming the common choice because of the lack of these risks.