Plumbing repair is a lot like surgery; the less invasive, the better. As the cost of building material rise, the cost of every home repair and plumbing repair has also increased. There really is not an inexpensive method to making plumbing repairs, especially if the damage is inside the walls, foundation, or buried at basement level.
Fortunately for the homeowner, there are newer non-invasive methods to detecting leaks and pipe damage that before required busting through walls and demolition of the foundation in extreme cases. Many water and sewer line repair professionals utilize high tech cameras that can be slid along pipes to view potential problems, while others can "see" through walls. This use of technology does cost the customer some, however, when examining the cost savings of not needing to reconstruct plaster walls, sheet rock, painting, and labor, it is a much more beneficial method of repair.
Many of the new methods of repairing underground sewage pipes can actually make use of the existing pipe without unearthing fences, flower gardens, trees, etc. The technique makes use of a narrow cutter designed to be inserted into the underground pipe which then cuts away any debris found within the pipe. After the cutter is removed, a liner is then inserted to the point of damage. The liner then seals against the damaged pipe. Most plumbing repair services focus strictly on smaller jobs. Larger specialized jobs such as this require specialized tools that smaller plumbing companies do not have.
With regards to copper pipes, pinhole leaks may be a problem. Over years of use, copper pipes can develop copper etching, lead deposits, and algae which pose serious leaks and health risks. One method, other than having a plumbing company perform an expensive piping refit, is to make use of a new epoxy liner. A specialized epoxy is placed inside the water pipes which then travels through. As the epoxy travels along the pipe, it deposits itself against the inside wall of the piping and then hardens to form a smooth unobstructed pipe inside a pipe.
This revolutionary method to pipe repair allows the homeowner the convenience of never having to leave the comfort of the home as opposed to traditional pipe replacement. Major benefits of these newer methods are time savings, as well as the savings to the pocketbook.