WHAT IS PIPELINING?
Pipelining is an efficient solution for repairing or replacing cracked, broken, leaking or root-ravaged pipes, such as damaged residential and commercial sewer lines. It is also used to even out or smooth rough bends and joints. Because there is no digging involved, costly excavation and demolition are no longer necessary. Pipelining materials (epoxy and custom-designed, epoxy-coated liners) are applied with minimal disruption to your property and eliminates serious environmental damage; additionally, whole or partial pipes can be lined and liner can travel under landscaping, sidewalks, buildings, garages, patios, etc. Pipelining is often less expensive than the traditional re-piping alternatives, such as open trench methods and is the best long-term solution to pipe corrosion.
HOW DO I KNOW IF I NEED PIPE LINING?
If your property is more than 10 years old, pipe-corrosion is probably already in progress. Symptoms include discolored water, stains on sinks and tubs, odors or leaks due, poor water flow, or continuous sewage back-ups.
WHAT KINDS OF PIPES CAN BE LINED?
Residential and Commercial sewer laterals and drainage pipes from the property to the city main line
Roof drainage pipes and storm water collectors
Commercial floor drainage pipes in light industry, restaurants, and other businesses
Drainage and sewer pipes of all types (including galvanized steel, cast/black iron, copper and concrete pipes)
Pipes with lengths up to 300 feet, bends up to 90 degrees, with blind ends, and diameters from 2″ to 10’
WHAT CAUSES PIPE PROBLEMS?
Tree Root Infiltration:
Tree roots pierce and infiltrate drainage systems, through pipe seams and connections, causing blockages, water loss, and drainage undermining.
Water will erode, corrode, plug, weaken, and cause the formation of pinhole leaks in plumbing systems over time.
Hard water – is full of minerals that can cause your pipes to become encrusted and plugged causing blockages.
Surface collected water / soft water – has few dissolved minerals, is acidic, and easily dissolves and thins your pipe walls.
Metal plumbing systems – Copper or galvanized systems show significant problems through time. Problems can occur in as little as 6 years and within 10 years most copper and galvanized pipes show signs of corrosion.
HOW DOES THE PIPE LINING PROCESS WORK?
Thorough preparation of the existing pipe is necessary, in order to achieve the best results. This includes a quality video camera inspection and cleaning and measuring the pipe’s diameter and length. Large-scale repairs may require the stoppage of water infiltration and bypassing flows in the existing pipes in order to prepare the pipe for the lining process.
The pipeliner is installed by inserting the liner through drain clean-outs or small open entries. In the case of partially damaged drain sections, only the affected beginning of the pipe is repaired. The liner materials are chosen depending on the pipe condition. Standard liner tubes are used for straight pipes and more flexible tubes are used for pipes with acute bends, angles, and transitions.
APPLYING THE EPOXY
The epoxy bonds the liner to the pipe wall. This bond creates an extremely tight fit to prevent water from entering or escaping the pipe. Erosion or corrosion from the inside of the pipe is immediately stopped after relining with the pipeliner system. Roots can no longer penetrate a lined pipe. Once a pipe has been lined, it will stay free of root intrusions for the life of the pipe.
The liner and epoxy are cured within 4 to 12 hours. Once cured, service to the pipes will be returned
ADDDITIONAL METHODS OF PIPE REPAIR PLUMBING CONNECTION MAY UTILIZE
Pipe Relining: This process is an efficient option for properties with large concrete areas and manicured landscaping. It is essentially the process of creating a pipe within a pipe. A licensed plumber will use relining materials to mold the inside of the existing pipe to create a new, smooth inner walls. The materials are non-hazardous and the process can be performed without digging up the property. Cured-In-Place-Pipe Lining (CIPP): This method involves an epoxy saturated liner is pulled into position and cured in place. There are two areas of access required: one to filter in the liner, and the other to actually pull it into place. CIPP has become one of the most popular methods of trenchless pipe lining due to its seamless ability to not cause any damage to the property.