When it comes to sewer repair, change is certainly welcome. You may not know it yet, but an alternative to the tradition of getting a time consuming, costly, messy sewer system repair or replacement is out there. Trenchless sewer procedures are cleaner, safer and can save homeowners around 40% compared to the conventional one.

Regardless, even good things can be scary when theyre new. Heres what to expect when your trenchless sewer repair man arrives at your door on the morning of the big day:

1. Non-invasive sewer inspections

Just so you know what youre dealing with, the trenchless technician will conduct a video pipe inspection. This involves a specially designed video camera being snaked down your pipes so that the damage can be viewed and a diagnosis (and subsequent prognosis) can be agreed upon. No digging necessary!

2. CIPP? Never heard of her!

Its always good to know what kind of treatment your home is getting. Trenchless technology is based on CIPP, or cured-in-place-pipes, which are jointless, seamless, pipes-within-pipes. They have the capability to rehabilitate pipes ranging in diameter from six to 110 inches! Theyre snaked down the existing pipes, inflated, and allowed to harden in place.

3. Your lawn will NOT be ruined

It may be hard to believe, but your lawn, landscaping, and hardscaping definitely wont suffer any damage at the hands of a trenchless plumber. All he or she needs is two access points at either end of the pipeline, and the job is as good as done! If you are like 73% of consumers, you would pay more for sewer replacement if it would preserve the garden and lawn features you worked so hard on. The money youll save preserving your yard will be well worth any additional costs, if there are any.

From the diagnostic sewer inspection to the preservation of your well tended grass, there is nothing to lose from converting to trenchless sewer methods except old habits.