Digging to replace a sewer line is a thing of the past. In this article, we’ll tell you what trenchless pipe lining is, how it works, and how it revolutionized sewer replacement 4ever.
Nowadays, some sewer contractors are innovating, and the quest for efficiency and minimal disruption is at the heart of trenchless pipe lining.
Before 1970, plumbers did have to dig trenches to pull the old, damaged sewer line to replace it with the new one.
But traditional excavation methods, though practical, are associated with significant inconvenience, including traffic disruption, noise, and extensive restoration costs.
Trenches will damage your landscape, the lawn, concrete work, and sometimes, flooring! And it sucks to have your house all beautiful and then have to destroy it. But that’s a thing of the past.
In simple terms, trenchless pipe lining is the process of repairing sewer lines without digging a trench.
Trenchless technology began in 1970 when the English agricultural engineer, Eric Wood, needed to fix an air duct above his mushroom beds. Replacing the air duct was out of the question, so he repaired the air duct in place. Here, he developed the Trenchless Pipe Lining, also known as Cured-In-Place Pipe (CIPP) lining technique.
Trenchless pipe lining is a non-disruptive method that allows repairing and rehabilitating existing pipelines without needing conventional, open-cut excavation.
This groundbreaking technique involves creating a new pipe within the existing damaged one. The innovative method eliminates the need for extensive excavation and extends the pipes’ life, making it a viable and preferred solution in many situations.
The trenchless pipe lining procedure typically starts with a thorough camera inspection to evaluate the extent of damage and determine the pipe’s suitability for the lining process.
Post inspection, the pipe is cleaned and prepped for the lining process. The lining material, usually a flexible felt tube saturated with a thermosetting resin, is then introduced into the pipeline. This liner is often referred to as a “CIPP liner.”
Once the liner is in place, it’s inflated using air or water, causing the resin-saturated felt to adhere to the pipe’s interior.
The resin is then cured using heat (hot water or steam) or ultraviolet light, hardening it to form a new pipe within the old one. The curing time can range from a few hours to several, depending on the pipe size and the resin used. Once cured, a final camera inspection is conducted to ensure proper liner installation.
The technique’s key advantage lies in its minimal disruption. There’s no need for extensive excavation, which means no damage to landscapes, driveways, or sidewalks, translating into a significant reduction in restoration costs.
For example, imagine that you have a beautiful landscape with a lush lawn, beautiful flowers, green hedging, and a beautiful hardscape. But a broken sewer line is threatening the beauty and peace of your yard.
But thanks to this Cured-In-Place Pipe (CIPP) lining technique, you’ll repair the sewer without digging any ounce of soil and destroying your landscape’s natural appeal.
Traditional pipe repair methods can take several days or even weeks to complete. In contrast, the trenchless process often requires only a few hours to a day, depending on the project size, making it much faster.
And you will not have to worry about spending time restoring your landscape cause you’ll not touch it.
Trenchless pipe lining might appear more expensive upfront, but when factoring in restoration costs of your lawn, concrete work, or house, it often emerges as the more cost-effective solution in the long run.
The newly lined pipes are smoother and more resistant to buildup and blockages, resulting in an improved flow rate.
The new pipe has a lifespan of up to 50 years or more, increasing the original pipeline’s longevity significantly.
A thorough inspection and evaluation by a trained professional is crucial before proceeding with this method.
While the benefits of trenchless pipe lining are compelling, it’s important to note that the technique may not be suitable for all situations. For example, if a pipe is severely collapsed or back-pitched, you must opt for pipe bursting to replace the pipe completely.
Even though this method was invented way back in 1970, there are still some rookie companies that replace sewer lines using the traditional trench method.
At Fix It Quick Plumbing INC, we offer our efficient, less disruptive, cost-effective trenchless pipe lining service.
This revolutionary technology addresses the current infrastructure needs and promotes sustainable development by extending the life of the existing pipeline systems. As the technology continues to evolve, we can anticipate that trenchless methods will become the gold standard in the world of pipeline rehabilitation and repair.
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