The underground sewer lines beneath your property are durable. But they’re not durable enough to last forever. Sooner or later, problems will arise and repairs will be needed. Over time pipes can corrode, crack, or leak. Root-infested pipes can break, burst, clog, or partially or fully collapse.

When any of these things occur, part of the pipeline may need to be repaired; if not altogether replaced. And, if you’re like most homeowners, you’ve likely never thought too much about what a messy job this is. Not until your yard is dug up and your home’s curb appeal is akin to a scene from the Tom Hanks’ movie The Money Pit.

Few people do their homework when they call a plumber for a sewer line issue. They’re mostly in shock that a pipe carrying waste out of their home is broken. They get the bad news that a portion of the pipeline will need to be repaired or replaced. Their jaws often drop upon hearing it’ll cost thousands of dollars to fix. Prior to this, they probably put no thought whatsoever into their sewer line.

If they’re working with a plumber that doesn’t offer trenchless pipelining or pipe bursting, they won’t question the digging and excavation they’re told about. Even if the plumber does offer and recommend a trenchless “no-dig” fix, its cost per square foot is typically more than the cost of doing the job with digging and excavation.

However, we’re here to tell you that trenchless pipe repair or replacement is still you’re most economic option regardless of that higher by comparison upfront pricing. This is because repairs involving excavation are accompanied by many extraneous costs. Hidden costs that catch you by surprise AFTER the job is in progress or completed.

Trenchless Sewer Repair Saves You Money in the Long Run

Let’s say you’ve gotten a few estimates and you’ve opted to go with a plumber offering traditional sewer line repair services. Your quote covered the costs of having your pipelines dug up and either repaired or pulled out and replaced.

But there are more costs to factor in…


Have you thought about the state of your yard and landscaping after it’s been dug into and torn up by excavation?

When the plumber’s truck pulls away from the front of your house, the front of your house might resemble a combat zone if large trenches were dug. You’re told the 4-foot tall mound of dirt sitting in your yard needs to remain there for months to settle. The plumber’s job is finished. It’s not their responsibility to make the front of your house presentable again. That’s on you. And it could very well involve months and months of professional landscaping services and the costs associated with that.

Asphalt, Pavement & Concrete + Permits

What if they have to dig beneath your sidewalk or a public street? Then we’re talking needing permits from your city or municipality. Not to mention the cost of having your sidewalk or driveway redone. Sections will need to be repaved or resurfaced.

Home Contractor/Builder

Sometimes a pipeline may run under your garage. That may require the services of a professional contractor depending on the extent of the excavation.

Bypassing the Backhoe Is an Option

As you can see, traditional sewer repair or replacement can be disruptive. Destroying landscaping, hardscaping, and other parts of your property. Trenchless sewer line repair techniques like pipelining or pipe bursting can spare you those unsightly holes and save you money in the process.

These methods are also incredibly durable and designed to last 50 to 100 years.


If you’re looking to avoid all the disruption and mess of traditional pipe repair or replacement, T-Top Plumbing, Inc. offers trenchless pipelining and pipe bursting in and around the city of Los Angeles. Contact us today at (805) 527-8867 or fill out our online contact form to learn more about trenchless sewer repair’s money-saving benefits. Schedule your free estimate today.