How Long Does Pipe Relining Take? A Guide to the Timeline of This Repair Method

September 23, 2022by Alex

Pipe relining is a popular method of repairing damaged sewer pipes without the need for excavation. This no-dig method involves inserting an epoxy liner into the damaged pipe and allowing it to harden, effectively creating a new pipe inside the old one. One of the most common questions people have about pipe relining is how long it takes. In this article, we’ll take a look at the timeline of the pipe relining process and discuss the factors that can affect how long it takes.

Understanding the Pipe Relining Process

Before we dive into the timeline of pipe relining, it’s important to understand the steps involved in the process. Here’s a brief overview:

  1. Inspection: The first step in any pipe relining project is to inspect the damaged pipe using a specialized camera. This helps identify the location and extent of the damage.

  2. Cleaning: Once the damage has been identified, the pipe is cleaned using high-pressure water jets or mechanical cleaning tools. This removes any debris and ensures that the epoxy liner will adhere properly to the existing pipe.

  3. Preparation: Before the epoxy liner can be installed, any necessary fittings, such as connections to other pipes, must be prepared.

  4. Installation: The epoxy liner is inserted into the damaged pipe using an inversion drum or other specialized equipment. Once in place, the liner is inflated and allowed to cure for several hours.

  5. Final inspection: Once the liner has cured, a final inspection is performed to ensure that the repair is complete and the pipe is functioning properly.

Factors That Affect the Timeline

The timeline of a pipe relining project can vary depending on several factors. Here are a few things that can affect how long the process takes:

Size and Length of the Pipe

The size and length of the damaged pipe will have a significant impact on how long the project takes. Larger pipes will require more time to clean and prepare, and may take longer to install the epoxy liner. Similarly, longer pipes will require more time to install the liner and may require additional time for curing.

Extent of the Damage

The extent of the damage will also affect the timeline of the project. Pipes with minor damage may only require a short section of liner to be installed, while more extensive damage may require a longer liner or multiple liners to be installed.

Access to the Pipe

Access to the damaged pipe can also affect the timeline of the project. Pipes that are buried deep underground or located in hard-to-reach areas may require more time and effort to access, which can increase the overall project timeline.

Type of Epoxy Liner Used

There are several types of epoxy liners available, and the type of liner used can also affect the timeline of the project. Some liners cure more quickly than others, which can reduce the overall project timeline. However, faster-curing liners may be more expensive than slower-curing alternatives.

The Timeline of a Typical Pipe Relining Project

With the above factors in mind, it’s difficult to give an exact timeline for a pipe relining project. However, a typical project will usually take between one and two days to complete. Here’s a breakdown of the timeline for a typical pipe relining project:

Day 1:

  • Inspection of the damaged pipe
  • Cleaning of the pipe
  • Preparation of fittings
  • Installation of the epoxy liner

Day 2:

  • Inflation and curing of the liner
  • Final inspection

Again, this timeline can vary depending on the factors listed above. However, most pipe relining projects can be completed in just a few days, which makes it a faster and more convenient alternative to traditional pipe repair methods.


In summary, pipe relining is a cost-effective and efficient way to repair damaged sewer pipes without the need for excavation. It is a relatively quick process, with most jobs taking between one and two days to complete. However, this timeline can vary depending on the severity of the damage and the size of the pipe. Homeowners should also be aware that there may be additional costs associated with the repair, such as the cost of access points and the cost of materials. All in all, pipe relining is a great option for homeowners looking to repair their damaged sewer pipes.

To conclude, pipe relining is a fast, efficient, and cost-effective way to repair damaged sewer pipes without the need for excavation. With most jobs taking between one and two days to complete, it is a great option for homeowners looking to repair their damaged sewer pipes.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is Pipe Relining?

Pipe relining is a trenchless pipe repair method that uses a resin lining to fix pipes. The existing pipe is cleaned and inspected, then lined with a resin material that’s cured to form a new pipe within the old pipe. With Streamline Pipes, you can expect 60 years of service life out of your relined pipes!

If The Pipe Has Collapsed Can It Be Relined?

If your pipe has collapsed partially, we can reline it. If the sewer or stormwater pipe is fully collapsed then this will require, digging and a pipe replacement, to fix it correctly and costs more in labour. The pipe is impregnated with an epoxy Liner. Once cured, this creates a ‘new pipe, within the old pipe’. Very similar to a medical ‘stent’.

The benefits of using pipe relining for a cracked or partially collapsed pipe include:

  • No digging required
  • Permanent solution
  • Cost-effective
  • Less disruption – you can use your pipes within hours not days.
  • Landscaping, flooring, and driveways are not damaged.

How Long Does Pipe Relining Take?

It depends on many factors, including the size of the pipe and the access to this pipe. In most cases, your pipe can be relined in a few hours.

If you need the work done as a matter of urgency then StreamlinePipes can be there the next day after the quote is provided.

How Long Does Pipe Relining Last?

Pipe relining is a long-term solution. The pipe lining can last just the same if not longer than replacing in with a new PVC Pipe. Once it is in place you don’t have to worry about repairing or replacing it for years.

Relined pipes are more cost-effective than replacement of the entire pipe, which can be very expensive. Relining leaves your property intact, so there’s no need to dig up your yard or pathways or remove any landscaping features. You won’t even notice when our qualified plumbers are onsite!

StreamlinePipe relining saves money in the long run because:

  • It doesn’t require digging up yards and pathways in order to replace pipes that may be causing water damage under concrete slabs or driveways
  • We guarantee our work for 60 years – an industry first

How Does CIPP Relining Work?

Cured-In-Place-Piping (CIPP) relining is a method of repairing pipes that involves injecting a high-density polyurethane material into the pipe. The material hardens and forms a new pipe within the old pipe. This method of pipe repair was pioneered by Streamline Pipes and Drains over 31 years ago.

How Do I Know If My Pipes Are Blocked Or Broken?

If you are unsure whether your pipes need to be relined or repaired, contact us for a free, no-obligation inspection. We can help you to evaluate the condition of the pipes and advise you on all available options, contact us for help.

Does Pipe Relining Need To Be Done By A Specialist?

Absolutely.  Pipe relining requires specific equipment and training. The no-dig pipe repair solution is not taught at Tafe. Relining training is learnt ‘on the job’ and can take decades to perfect. It is worth thinking ‘will the plumbing company be around for 2o years to fix any possible problems”?

There are many companies out there claiming to be able to do this work effectively, but no one can match the quality and expertise of Streamline Pipes and Drains as they are only just beginning and Streamline has be Relining for over 31 years.

Is pipe relining approved by Australian standards?

Yes, pipe relining is approved by Australian standards. In fact, AS3600 (2016) and its subsequent revisions include requirements for the use of pipe relining as a method of remediation in both stormwater and sewer systems.

AS3600 is a set of standards for stormwater and wastewater systems that have been developed under the auspices of Standards Australia New Zealand (Standards NZ). The following standards apply:

  • AS3600 – general requirements for design, construction, operation, maintenance and decommissioning of water supply schemes including wastewater treatment works
  • AS3600.1 -2018 – quality management system standard for health sector facilities; quality management system standard for medical devices; other technical regulations made under Food Act 2014; classifications under Industrial Chemicals (Notification & Assessment) Act 1989; classification under Ozone Protection & Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Act 1989; environmental performance standards under several statutes including Hazardous Substances (Emergency Response Management) Regulations 2007; risk assessment framework under Hazardous Substances (Emergency Response Management) Regulations 2007

Can Root Intrusion Be Fixed With Pipe Relining?

Root intrusion is the result of tree roots growing into the pipes. Pipe relining is a perfect preventative solution when roots have invaded your sewer pipes, as the use of a High-Pressure Water Jet and inspection camera, is the precursor work required in order to clean and clear the blockage. Once this is done, then the StreamlinePipes relining system is able to install the pipe liner and get your pipes working again, with tree roots permanently removed from that part of the drain system.


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