Technological innovations have long been making the construction industry more effective, and today we are looking at how the plumbing industry is seeing huge benefits from a relatively new technology called pipe relining.
It wasn’t that long ago that the only method used to repair damaged pipe work was digging up and replacing existing sections, and this is no small job. A serious downside of this process is the disruption and mess caused to the business or home, and the costs: it’s very expensive to restore the landscape and property to its previous, well-maintained state.
Thankfully a relatively new innovation has appeared in the market and its called pipe relining. This trench-less pipe relining technique is reliable, quick, simple, and doesn’t require digging up the blocked sewers or drains.
How Does Pipe Relining Work?
The no-dig solution to fixing drains is a less disruptive option in the market and involves several steps, including:
- Appraising the damage – In order to fully access the damage to the sewer line or pipes, a special type of camera is pushed into the pipe work to establish its condition and determine whether or not it is suitable for the relining technique. By using the CCTV camera it’s possible to see the current state of the pipe BEFORE the repairs are started.
- Clearing the drain – Once the drain is established as a suitable choice for using the pipe relining method, the full length of the drain system is carefully cleaned using a water jet or high pressure system.
- Relining the pipe – A fully cleaned pipe or sewer system is now ready to receive the pipe lining. A flexible and seamless piece of liner is used to protect the inside surface of the damaged pipe work. This flexible liner is used to make it easier to pass different pipe diameters and multiple bends (up to 90 degrees), which can make the job tough. Any textile liner used is cut to the precise length and coated in a safe and environmentally friendly resin, which is then passed into the pipe work using compressed air. Once in place the existing pipe work is fully protected and lined.
- Cure the resin – To speed up the process of curing the resin, the liner may have hot water pumped through it. This should make it possible to complete most domestic and commercial properties within 24 hours – an amazing fete when compared to the weeks needed for the traditional method.
For more information on how pipe relining works, speak to your local pipe relining company or expert. These specialists are hard to find (since it’s a relatively new industry) however with a little research, you can find them online. One such example is The Pipe Relining experts based in Sydney, who focus on pipe relining Sydney (and surrounds)
What Are The Benefits Of Pipe Relining?
The trench-less pipe relining technique can offer a variety of benefits over the more regular dig-and-replace method. This innovative pipe repair method is able to increase the flow rate of water, is stronger than PVC piping, and is 100% watertight. The strength of the relined pipes gives long-term durability and a life span that is expected to last at least 50 years!
A further issue with digging up the sewer pipes is the often complete destruction of the existing landscape. Restoring the groundwork to its previous pristine condition is quite time-consuming and very expensive depending on the landscaping done on the property. For this reason, sewer pipe repair is certain to be more of a hassle if it’s necessary to dig up concrete slabs, retaining walls, driveway, or established garden beds.
Overall, the trench-less pipe relining method is a long-term and cost-effective option when having your sewer or pipe work repaired (without the destructive digging or excavations)
Next time your plumber is visiting your property and assessing your sewer pipe, ask him if he/she is able to reline your pipes using this great new innovative method – you will save time, money, and a few headaches!