The piping system of any building is constantly in use and therefore requires regular servicing in order to continue functioning properly. Sometimes repairs may be necessary in case the pipes burst or crack. A plumber has the required skills to ensure that the pipes are in good condition and that any repair work done will last for a long time. Technology has brought with it more efficient ways of repairing pipes such as the relining technology. In cases where the pipe is excessively damaged, the pipe may need to be dug up and replaced.
What Is Pipe Relining?
Pipe relining is a pipe repair technology where an internal liner is inserted into the pipe in order to repair it. The liner is made from strong material such as epoxy, vinyl ester, polyester or silicate. This method is used to repair cracked pipes or pipes which have sections that are missing.
Pipe relining is not costly and the plumber only requires a few hours to make the repairs thus it is a very convenient method. The plumber also does not need to dig up the soil in order to access the pipes. In order to see the insides of the pipe, he will lower a drain camera into the pipe in order to locate the damage. He will also be able to see the extent of the damage.
Cured In Place Pipe
The cured in place pipe (CIPP) is a pipe relining method which is effective in repairing cracked drainage pipes. A tubular material is covered with resin and then inserted into the pipe. A gadget which has the ability to get inflated is used to expand the tubular material so that it fits properly onto the inside of the pipe. The resin on the material is then activated by the use of water or ultra violet light while the inflatable gadget holds the material in place. The resin is given time to cure after which the inflatable gadget is removed.
Slip lining is another type of the pipe relining technology. In this method, the plumber uses stiff tubes to repair the cracked pipes. A stiff tube is inserted into the cracked pipe in order to strengthen it and to also repair the cracks.
The slip line method can either use the segmented installation or the continuous installation method. The segmented installation is where the tubes are inserted into the damaged pipe as separate pieces. The continuous installation method is where the tube is inserted into the damaged pipe as one piece. The tubes that are inserted into the damaged pipes are normally made from high density polyethylene and fiberglass.
When a cracked drain is so severely damaged that the pipe relining method cannot work, the plumber will have to dig up the pipe, remove it and replace it with a new pipe. Digging up pipes is not only costly but it can take a few days to complete the work.
This is quite inconveniencing since you will not be able to use the drains while the repair work is done. The repair work will also cause some damage to your property since a walkway or a well manicured garden may need to be dug up in order to access the pipes.
James Hasapis is a member of an experienced team of plumbers at Pipe Masters. They offer a wide variety of professional plumbing services in Sydney St George Region.