How Does Pipe Lining Work?

In the past, construction companies would place pipes in homes or factories made out of cast iron or clay, which means that over time they would rust and break. Nowadays, newly built homes use PVC pipes instead, but most older homes or factories still have iron cast pipes, which leads to the need for new pipes.

On average, a home’s repipe can cost anything from $4,000 to $20,000, not taking into account pipe material and workforce. 

Luckily, there is a method available that will cut the cost, time, and mess of replacing old pipes—pipe lining. Be sure to find a reputable and certified pipe lining company to ensure you get the best results. Let’s take a further look at this technique.

What Is Pipe Lining?

With pipe lining, you can replace old pipes with newer ones without digging them up or destroying the surroundings. They utilize another method called trenchless pipelining. It means they only need to dig a small pit at either end of the pipe and begin work with the pipe lining process.

Of course, sometimes, it is inevitable to have your entire pipes changed. For example, if they’re not aligned correctly or collapsed in some regions of the pipe. If that is the situation, the technician will need to evaluate everything to see if the pipe lining technique is possible.

Pipe Lining Process

A camera is inserted into the lines to inspect for any obstruction. If there is any debris, then the technician will clean the pipe. After removing the debris, to know how much lining is needed, a technician will take measurements.

A flexible tube, possibly made out of polyester or neoprene, is inserted into the existing old pipes. Then epoxy pipe lining is pumped into the pipes. With the help of compressed air, the epoxy is pushed out against the old pipe’s inner walls. 

The next step of the process is the curing of the epoxy tubes, which means drying the resin. There are two ways to dry the resin. You can either use hot air or steam, taking around 10-12 hours to dry, or using Bluelight LED, which can be a lot faster.

Once it has dried, the technician can restore the service to the pipes. 

Lining Materials

Epoxy pipe lining is the most popular to use when it comes to pipe lining since it is more durable than iron cast, and epoxy does not rust. Of course, epoxy is not the only material used for pipe lining. A factory may require iron cast pipes, which is also possible through a modified pipe lining technique. 

Save Money and Time

The benefits of pipe linings are apparent and ultimately will save you money and time. And in the long run, changing your old pipes by utilizing pipe lining will ensure they last many years to come.

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