3 Problems With Pipe Relining

Are you tossing up between whether to reline your pipes or have them completely replaced? Typically, the decision comes down to time and money, especially as pipe relining doesn’t require multiple days of digging and expensive replacement materials.

Even though choosing to go with the least expensive and intrusive option will often win out, sometimes the decision is out of your hands. It’s often why a thorough camera inspection is necessary before work commences. Here are a few issues that may arise after the investigation is complete.

What Is Pipe Relining?

If you’re not completely sure what pipe relining is, in short, it’s a quick and cheaper method of repairing underground pipelines. It doesn’t require any physical extraction, meaning you don’t need to worry about mounds of dirt on your front lawn. 

Trenchless pipe lining involves inserting an inner layer over the area that’s damaged. Once it’s patched up and cured, it will produce a seal around the impacted area and leave it more durable than it was previously. The best part is it can last up to 50 years or more before it needs reviewing.

But before work can commence, an investigation needs to occur to see if epoxy pipe lining, cast iron pipe lining, or another form of repair is required to salvage it. Some issues might get identified, and you’ll need to discuss the best way forward with your contractor.

1. The Pipes Are Made With the Wrong Material

In order to reline pipes, the lining must be a specific type of material for it to hold and repair any damage. For example, if they are made of a fiber conduit, attempting to reline them may make them weaker. 

2. Pipe Relining Doesn’t Solve Every Problem

Sadly pipe relining isn’t a miracle cure for every problem. If there are structural integrity issues from warping or corrosion during the investigation of the pipelines, then a replacement might be the safer option to ensure fewer problems from occurring.

3. The Diameter and Length is Wrong

If the damaged pipes are smaller in dimension, then pipe relining might not be the answer. Applying the lining inside a smaller pipeline will slightly shrink the diameter and impact the flow. It might not be immediately noticeable, but the solution could have impacts in the future, which is why it’s not generally recommended.

Is Pipe Relining the Right Solution For You?

In the first instance, pipe relining should always be explored first as a solution to avoid any unnecessary construction and costs. It’s often the simplest and quickest option to repair the pipelines, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t prepare yourself for the possibility that other issues might stop it from being the right choice.

Are you wondering if you need to reline your pipes or replace them altogether? We can not only do a thorough investigation of your pipelines but also repair them in several different ways. Contact us today to find out the best solution for you.

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