Pipe relining is a cost-effective, efficient alternative to replacing broken or leaking pipelines. It is a popular choice for all pipes made of cast iron, clay, and many other pipe types. Using this technology, professional plumbers use a high-tech camera to identify weak areas where costly repairs are needed. They then repair those areas using the appropriate tool and materials, replacing a single pipe or several pipes at a time, saving the client money on complete pipeline replacement.
While pipe relining may seem costly, it is typically less than half the cost of new pipe installation. For instance, two-foot diameter pipes can be replaced for one foot of new pipe cost. This cost savings can be substantial when large diameter pipes, such as 30 feet, are being replaced. Pipefitting companies often offer this type of service at no or low cost to their clients.
Reasons for Pipe Relining
There are some situations in which pipe relining may be necessary, especially with sewer pipes that have been severely damaged by flooding or other water damage. When these pipes are first installed, they are lined with galvanized pipelining. Over time, as water leaks and seepage occur, the lining begins to deteriorate. As a result, the old galvanized pipelining can cause excessive pressure to build against the walls of pipes, causing them to break.
A new lining can be an effective pipe relining solution. Some pipe lining systems are so durable that they can resist extreme pressures and temperature changes. This type of pipelining is usually available in residential and commercial pipe installations. Besides, a professional can perform another pipe relining work, including the repair of internal problems, if needed.
If a pipe has become damaged, either through damage or the breakdown of the pipe sealing system, pipe relining may be needed to repair the damage and restore the pipe function. This type of repair is necessary when a pipe or group of pipes experiences a significant amount of pressure or stress. For example, a pipe breaks because of a road grading project, when the pipe was meant to be buried underground but was exposed. If the pipe were not sealed, the increased pressure could cause it to break.
Other reasons that pipe relining may be needed include the repair of old pipes that are beyond the pipe lining’s ability to repair. Sometimes, repairing old pipes presents more of a problem than simply sealing them because old pipes are difficult to reach. If the pipes are too close to each other, a connection is created between the two, resulting in increased bending. This makes excavation more expensive and time-consuming. A professional can make sure that both old and new pipes are connected properly, reducing the amount of bending required during a repair.
Prevent Pipe Bursting
Pipe relining can also be performed to prevent pipe bursting. If the pipelining is cracked or worn, it can cause pressure to build between pipe threads, causing the pipe to burst. This can occur if the pipeline is not sealed well, causing increased pressure and heat to build within the pipe. A professional may perform pipe relining to seal the pipeline against pressure and heat, preventing pipe bursts. This cost depends on the distance of the repaired area from the point of failure and the type of pipe being repaired.
One of the most common reasons for having pipe relining performed is to repair damaged pipes in an apartment complex. Blocked drains can lead to the creation of unsightly water pools in the kitchen and bathroom areas. The presence of these pools can also create a hazard for children, seniors and those with disabilities. By performing pipe relining to repair blocked drains, you will improve the appearance of the space as well as eliminate the danger of the stagnant water within the room.