Many homeowners are lucky to have access to modern methods of trenchless drain and sewer repair. Before these modern techniques existed excavating the ground using trenching equipment, or simply digging by hand, was the only way to access underground pipes that needed to be repaired, replaced, or in many cases fully diagnosed to discover problems.

A digging machine upearths the ground infront of a Toronto home

Drain repairs requiring excavation usually end up being a messy job

This archaic and invasive method of repairing sewer and drainpipes was simply the only way to get the job done. There are still some times when excavating is still necessary in order to complete a project properly, but it does not come without its downside. For the most part we attempt to do all drain repairs using modern trenchless techniques as it allows for a quick job with less disruption to homeowners.

Digging Can Lead To Uneven Ground

A significant amount of dirt is usually removed during the excavation process. Once the new pipes have been installed or old pipes repairs, the ground must be replaced. Great care is taken to ensure that the soil is placed carefully back and that the pipes are safe but one part of the process requires the ground to be tamped and compressed in order to restore a natural appearance. Even though much care is taken during this process the ground may still experience some settling as the months pass, eventually requiring additional top-soil to be added in order to restore a natural ground level.

There is not much that can be done about this problem, it is simply the nature of the local soil and how the newly dug up ground appears in contrast with the pre-existing ground level.

Digging Damages Grass

In addition to the shifting ground problem, trenching requires the digging of extensive areas of the ground; this means that anything on the surface of that ground must be removed. If you’ve got grass on your lawn then say goodbye! The digging required to access the pipes means that not only is your grass above the pipe going to be affected but the piles of dirt that’ll be sitting on your lawn will also have some adverse effects on your pretty green grass.

Digging Can Cause Removal of Hedge or Shrubs

When digging up the ground to access drainage and sewer piping it is also not uncommon for trees, shrubs, and hedges to be directly in the way of the work. In some cases, it is possible to save some of these plants so make sure you speak with your plumbing contractors to consider your options. However, for the most part generally these plants are also going to end up being removed, typically due to their root structures obstructing the work or even invading into the sewer or drainage pipes.

At Absolute Draining & Plumbing, we have been in the business for over 15 years now providing a wide range of plumbing and drain repair services. We are versed in both trenching and excavating procedures in an effort to provide the best service to our customers provide a wide range of trenchless repair techniques, such as CIPP pipe lining and pipe bursting which can be ideal solutions for many people’s needs.



Andrew Olexiuk - Your Toronto Plumbing Expert
Andrew Olexiuk - Your Toronto Plumbing Expert
Andrew has over 20 years of experience as a plumbing contractor. He is co-owner and operator of Absolute Draining & Plumbing, a professional plumbing company serving residential & commercial properties across the Toronto, Ontario region.
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