There’s probably no more dreaded home improvement project than replacing sewerage pipes. It’s an expensive process that does nothing to enhance your property’s appearance or value. You may not want to do it, but if your pipes are damaged, you may think it’s the only solution. Is replacement your only solution? Not any more, thanks to pipe relining technology.
What is Pipe Relining?
Pipe relining is a technology that has been available for over a decade, but is still a largely unknown alternative to pipe replacement. As the name implies, it is a method plumbers can use that enables them to reline the interior of pipes.
Plumbers do pipe relining by inserting a specially designed tube through the pipes. When the tube is in place, they inflate the tubing until it fits tightly against the walls of the pipes. The outside of the tube is coated with a resin, which makes it adhere to the pipe. When it cures, the pipe relining provides a seamless seal that is extremely durable.
Advantages of Pipe Relining
Replacing sewerage and other underground pipes can be an expensive nightmare. First a trench needs to be dug. Then the old pipes need to be removed and replaced. A labour and materials intensive process, it is very costly and when the job is done, you’re faced with further landscaping costs.
When you have your pipes relined, on the other hand, only a single access hole has to be dug. Usually only about a metre square, no expensive trenching equipment is needed. The tubing is far less expensive than new pipes and there’s no need to dispose of your old pipes, either.
Aside from being less expensive than replacing old pipes, pipe relining takes less time and does less damage to your landscape. Depending on the product your plumber uses, it can have a warranty of between 10 and 50 years, so pipe relining is a long-term solution, too.
The only disadvantage to pipe relining is that it is not always possible. If pipes have been crushed or tree root damage has left large holes in pipes, the relining material has no interior surface to cling to. Smaller holes can be patched, but if a pipe is severely damaged, it may have to be replaced.
There are two occasions when you might need to replace or reline your pipes. In most cases, it’s not done until an emergency arises. Sewerage pipes might become badly blocked and the plumber discovers some broken pipe or the pipes might leak so badly, the odour drives you to make an emergency call to your local plumber.
It’s less common for homeowners to take preventive measures. Plumbers recommend relining old clay pipes commonly attached to older homes. These old pipes often cause problems and relining them can nip the problems in the bud. Because the lining is seamless and prevents condensation occurring on the outside of the pipes, relining your pipes can help prevent tree roots from finding and blocking your pipes, too.
Not all plumbers provide pipe relining services, so if you need to get quotes for drain repairs or blocked drains, also ask for quotes for pipe relining. It could save you thousands of dollars and a lot of headaches.