How Does Our Sewer Repair Service Work?

At Vietzke, we use the most cutting-edge technology to conduct everything from routine maintenance checks to serious repairs. These modern methods can make some of our services sound a little confusing, but we’re here to untangle any questions you might have! Below are descriptions of some of our most popular services:

Sewer Camera Inspection

Prior to conducting any repair or maintenance work, Vietzke engineers make use of a small HD camera, sent into the pipe, to identify the nature of your damage and assess the health of your plumbing system.


This one’s simple, even if it sounds high-tech. A hose and nozzle are fitted to your pipe and force pressurized water through your system. This is a process performed before any trenchless pipe repair to ensure the liner adheres cleanly but is also used on its own for routine maintenance. The high pressure breaks up and washes away most debris, even some smaller tree roots.

Trenchless Pipe Repair and Cured-in-Place Pipe Repair

Trenchless pipe repair uses a small entry point in your pipe to insert a deflated “balloon,” coated with a durable epoxy resin. Once it reaches the site of damage, it is inflated, coating the pipe with a liner that, once cured, has a lifespan of fifty years!

Actually, a form of trenchless repair, cured-in-place pipe (CIPP) uses a special liner which is fitted over the entrance of your damaged pipe and, with pressure, turned inside-out as it is pushed through the pipe. It’s flexible, extremely heat resistant doesn’t degrade easily (even with corrosive materials), and can be cut to any length (good news if you’ve got only a small area of damage and don’t want to do a larger-scale replacement!). What’s not to like? Also, Idaho and Washington aren’t just known for potatoes or wildlife – their trees are spectacular! Unfortunately, with beautiful scenery sometimes comes trouble for your pipes, with tree roots growing into and obstructing their flow. With seamless, dense CIPP, small cracks for roots to enter are eliminated.

Pipe Boring

Pipe boring lays new underground pipe by digging only two holes, rather than the usual long trench in your yard. It’s completed more quickly than traditional methods and can be installed in curved or straight lines. Best of all, in terms of expense and mess reduction, this method can be used to install pipe underneath buildings and roads!

Pipe Bursting

Pipe bursting is for serious repair or outright system replacement jobs that can’t be completed with any form of trenchless pipe repair. Unlike trenchless methods, which place a coating inside an existing damaged or degraded pipe, pipe bursting shatters and removes existing pipe with a device that also simultaneously lays new pipe.

These and several other services are available from our offices across Washington and Idaho. Give us a ring today to discuss the best service for you!

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