This is the "open cut" or "trench" method. This traditional method allows the technicians to gain access to the damaged portion of the pipe. This usually requires using a backhoe or other heavy machinery to open and refill the work area. There can be a rather large disruption of your yard, garage and/or driveway if the sewer line runs beneath them, but the repair cost may be less expensive for you.
This method, called pipe bursting, causes less damage than traditional trenching. Small access holes are made where the damaged pipe starts and ends. Our hydraulic machine pulls a full-sized replacement pipe through the old path while breaking up the damaged pipe. This method usually costs more, but it may save you money in the long run because there is very little disruption to your driveway or landscaping.