Pipelining (CIPP): Repair Sewer Lines 2017-08-07T09:09:38+00:00

Repair Sewer Lines with Pipelining

Pipe problems? Don’t dig up your floors and tear out your walls to replace bad drainage pipes. Pipe lining is a minimally invasive, cost effective, and environmentally friendly way to rehabilitate your existing pipes without the mess of conventional repairs.

There are several methods of sewer repair, some require excavation. The preferred method however is to use a trenchless technology, like pipelining. This method is also call CIPP or Cured in Place Pipelining.

Trenchless methods of sewer line repair are less expensive and less disruptive to your property so Affordable Plumbing and Heat technicians will always try and use these these trenchless methods, like Pipelining (CIPP) or Pipe Bursting whenever possible.

Our certified plumbers and trained technicians will first scope you sewer line with a video camera to locate the damaged portion of pipe. If the pipe is cracked or broken we will likely use pipelining to repair it.

Once the crack is located we will access your sewer line and send a fabric liner into the sewer line. Once the liner is in place, we will inflate it and then use an epoxy that will cure in place. This epoxy allows the liner to harden and adhere to the existing broken pipe. Once the two parts are adhered, we will test the new line to make sure it is sealed.

We will close up the access point. Turn your water back on and let you get back to your life!

The Pipelining Process

The illustration below, demonstrates how CIPP or Pipelining is commonly performed.

Pipelining Process

Benefits of Pipe Lining

  • environmentally friendly
  • no digging or destruction
  • increase flow capacity
  • fast repairs
  • no hazardous waste
  • save 30-40%
  • preserve interior finishes
  • 50 year life use

Step One: Inspection

First, an initial inspection of the pipe is performed by means of a high definition, full-color, and self-leveling sewer camera. During this process we will measure the linear footage and diameter of your pipes as well as locate and document any problems such as cracks, blockages, tree roots, etc. After the inspection, you are provided with a copy of the video, a not-to-scale drawing of your sewer’s layout, a deficiency report and a proposal to remedy any pipe problems we may have discovered.

Step Two: Cleaning

Second, the pipes are thoroughly cleaned utilizing hydro-jetting or mechanical methods. This process removes tree roots, blockages and scale buildup in preparation for lining. On occasion, sewer cleaning may be all that is required to remedy pipe problems such as slow drains and blockages.

Step Three: Lining

After the pipe is cleaned and excess debris is removed, the pipe can now be lined. The felt liner is measured and cut to the dimensions of the pipe such as length and diameter. Then the liner is saturated with a two-part epoxy and inserted into the pipe either by the Inversion Method or the Pull-In-Place Method. An inflatable bladder is inflated inside of the epoxy-saturated liner causing the liner to take the shape of the pipe while it cures in place. After the epoxy has cured, the bladder is removed and a brand new pipe is left in place inside of the existing one.

Step Four: Reinstatements

Finally, after the pipe has been lined, the branch lines that were covered over will have to be robotically reinstated or reopened with our state of the art reinstatement equipment. Robotic reinstatement technology allows us to use one continuous liner from one end of the pipe to the other ensuring that the fittings are protected as well.

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Benefits of Pipelining

  • Stops leaks and does not allow roots to invade the sewer line.

  • Repairs and strengthens to damaged pipe to be as strong as a new pipe
  • More affordable than open trench or excavation methods of repair.
  • Increases flow and capacity of line because waste flows more smoothly through liner surface.
  • Most importantly does not require the destruction of property.