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Pipe Relining Easily Explained

Every household has its own water drainage system. The water used from your kitchen to your shower is drained and goes into the underground pipes and eventually into the sewers. There will come a time wherein your underground pipes, through the years of constant use, will eventually damage and needs to be replaced.

Instead of replacing them entirely, you can have them fitted a piece that is a liner within the existing pipe. This process is called Pipe Relining. The liner is usually made of a one-piece woven sock that is coated with a 2-part resin. This method repairs existing pipework from within the pipe itself. Pipe sizes of 40 mm to 255 mm can be repaired.

These are the types of pipes that can be repaired:

    a. Asbestos Downpipe

    b. Brass Pipe

    c. Concrete

    d. Sewer Pipes

    e. Ductile Iron

    f. OVC

    g. Stormwater Pipes

    h. Earthenware

    i. Copper

    j. HDPE

    k. Cast Iron

There are other pipe repair techniques like the pipe bursting procedure. This involves pulling of a new pipe through a damaged one and at the same time fracturing it outward. This type of pipe repair procedure requires holes on either side to have access. However, a lot of household owners prefer to have pipe relining procedure rather than the pipe bursting for a number of reasons.

Pipe relining has its advantages. Replacing pipelines entirely is expensive — trench needs to be dug, old pipes need to be removed and replaced, labour and materials needed and the landscaping costs. But if you have your pipes relined, only the part where the damage is located needs to be dug. It will probably be a meter long or less and no expensive equipment is necessary. The tubing used in the repair is far less expensive than the new pipes. Also, there’s no need to get rid of your old pipes. It only takes lesser time to reline the pipes than to replace them and the damage to your landscape is minimal.

The only disadvantage of pipe relining is that is it not always applicable to every broken pipe. Most of the time, it is only during an emergency that we are able to detect a damaged pipe. You may find that your pipes are badly blocked.

Should you consider pipe relining? Normally, people would not choose this type of repair as it is not common. However, if the damage is underneath a pavement, driveway, pathways, or structures (buildings and the like), it is highly advisable that you do so. You also have to consider that pipe relining is designed to last for 50 years. This has been fully tested independently.

Although it is known that some homeowners do not take preventive measures but plumbers do recommend that houses, especially those 2 to 3 decade old houses, should have their pipes checked. Since most of these old houses may have clay pipes, which are easily damaged. In the end, it is equally important that you have to make sure that everything is in great shape especially your pipes.