Pipe relining is a fairly new concept and a long-overdue alternative to the traditional method of fixing drainage problems by digging. It skips the excavation process leaving structures intact and returning your drainage to its former glory. Blocked drains, cracked pipes, root instruction, accumulated sedimentation, and many other problems associated with drainage systems can now be fixed using this method. It simply involves coating the old pipes with a compound that is left to set in the shape of the old pipe. The old pipe now serves as a protection for the newly formed ones, thus eradicating drainage problems in the nearest future. Correction drainage issues while surrounding structures remain intact is a great advantage of this process. While pipe relining seems like an attractive option for property owners it is a service that requires special skill and training that a regular plumber may not be able to deliver. Hence you should consult licensed and trained plumbers who are skilled in pipe relining.
Advantages of Pipe Relining
It can be effected in 1 to 2 days and doesn’t consume time.
Compared to traditional methods, this is more economical.
The surrounding structures remain intact as there is no need for digging.
Disadvantages of Pipe Relining
Pipe relining is a process that requires specialized skill. Hence, it cannot be performed by just any plumber. Also, helpful as it may be, it is not suitable for all cases. For example, in cases where the pipe has big cracks or large internal gaps, the remaining solution will not be able to form a definite shape. Pipe patching can be done in case of smaller damage.
The Relining Process
As has already been mentioned, the relining process must be carried out by trained and licensed professionals if the process will be successful. It takes certain concise and purposeful steps to get the job done properly.
This is the first step aimed at both checking the extent of damage and the viability of the pipe remaining as the solution to the problem at hand. It is done with a drain camera. The camera is placed within the pipe and the footage is used to detect any irregularities such as pipe misalignment, missing sections, small or large gaps, and aged pipe material.
After it has been confirmed that pipe relining is feasible, the drain must be cleared of any blockage with debris, sediments, and obstructions. This is usually done with a high-pressure jet of water. The drainage is then observed with the camera again to identify any blockage that may affect the relining process.
A custom lining bladder is made and inserted into your drain to coat the inner surface with lining resin. Compressed air is used to spread the resin evenly on the inner surface of the pipes. Finally, the coating is left to cure and set for the next few hours.
It is necessary to inspect the outcome of the remaining process to determine if it was successful or not. This is done with the same drain camera method as was used for the initial inspection. After this, your newly relined drain is ready for use.