WHAT IS PIPE LINING?
Pipe lining is your no-dig solution for repairing or replacing cracked, broken, leaking or root infested pipes, such as damaged residential and commercial sewer lines. It is also used to even out or smooth rough bends and joints. Because it is a “no-dig” system, costly excavation and demolition are no longer necessary. Pipelining is often less expensive than the traditional re-piping alternatives, such as excavations or open trench methods.
To best describe pipe lining you would have to first imagine a smooth, new PVC pipe (known as liner tube) being installed literally within the existing damaged pipe. Between the new pipe and the old pipe is a slight separation filled in by a watertight secured seal (known as epoxy). Tests results show an actual improvement of over 100% of the original flow capacity despite the minimal loss of inside diameter.
Pipe lining materials (epoxy and custom-designed PVC coated liner tube) are applied with minimal disruption to your property. The liner is continuous and smooth with no seams or joints. Pipe liners are installed much faster with minimum inconvenience and disruption compared to excavation. The pipe liner also eliminates serious environmental and landscape damage. There is no damage to your trees or landscape. Liner tube can travel under landscaping, sidewalks, buildings, garages, patios, swimming pools, etc.
HOW DO I KNOW IF I NEED PIPE LINING?
If you own or manage a building that is more than 10 years old, the damage is probably already in progress. Usually you will experience or see symptoms of pipe corrosion. Symptoms include discolored water, stains on sinks and tubs, odors or leaks due, poor water flow, or continuous sewage back ups.
WHAT TYPE OF LINES CAN BE LINED?
- Residential and Commercial sewer laterals and drainage pipes from the property to the city main line
- Roof drainage pipes and collectors
- Commercial floor drainage pipes in light industry, restaurants, and other businesses
WHAT CAUSES PIPE PROBLEMS?
Tree Root Infiltration:
Tree roots pierce and infiltrate drainage systems, through pipe seams and connections, causing blockages and water loss.
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.
The best long-term solution to pipe corrosion is to stop the water from coming into contact with your pipe’s walls.
PIPE LINING SYSTEM CAPABILITIES:
- Drainage and sewer pipes of all types (including galvanized steel, cast/black iron, copper and lead pipes)
- Diameters from 3″ to 10″
- Lengths up to 300 FT
- Bends up to 90 degrees
- Repair all common pipe materials
- Spot repairs of joints and other structural defects
- Insertion of part or whole sections
- Blind ends
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, cleaning and measuring the pipes 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 pipe liner 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 pipe liner 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.
HOW CAN I SAVE MONEY?
Don’t excavate…rehabilitate! Excavations are very expensive in labor, time and material, permit fees, and damage costs. Pipe lining does not disrupt your operations. You will not have to lose business due to hours of loud excavating equipment, mess, and sectioning off dangerous areas. Drainage operations will only cease for a minimal time. Once the pipe lining is complete there are no signs of repair or property damage. Pipe lining can also be scheduled at night, after store closings.
Pipe lining improves the physical condition and longevity of your system. This process stops corrosion, roots infestation, and improves flow capacity.