In Hartsford, Connecticut, Asylum Avenue is finally open again. Last Friday, a sinkhole emerged at 1100 Asylum Avenue, close to a nearby hospital. Emergency plumbers had to be called in order to fix the depression, and storm sewer repair was needed. Expert believe that the sinkhole was initially caused by the Hawk River flooding and overburdening the sewer system in the area.
This Situation is More Likely Than You Think
While Hartsford?s situation may seem unique (how many homes will have to deal with a river flowing underneath them, after all?) it is, in fact, a situation many homeowners may encounter sooner or later as sewer systems continue to age. If a sewer line is 40 years old or older, then it may require a replacement sometime soon.
When people think of sewer repair, they often think of the type that Asylum Avenue experienced — in other words, repairs that tie up an entire street and require crews to dig up the area, etc. One option for pipe rehabilitation that many may not have considered is ?no dig? sewer technology. Although nearly 80% of Angie?s List users haven?t heard of this, the technology has actually been around for several years now. Basically, instead of having to dig up a large area for sewer repairs, they can instead be done simply by creating a small hole.
It Takes a Hole, Not Heavy Duty Equipment
How can you perform pipe rehabilitation with just a small hole? The new pipe, when inserted through the old pipe, is cured in place, which means that the old pipe does not need to be removed. It instead essentially lines the old pipe.
Water and sewer leaks can cost a household hundreds of dollars each year if they are not resolved. A showerhead leaking just 10 drips per minute will end up leaking 500 gallons over the course of an entire year — these losses can add up over time. A sewer camera inspection can help homeowners determine whether their system has any likely risks, including leaks from holes but also things like roots, debris or waste that could present problems in the future.