Pipe Relining: The Ins and Outs

January 10, 2023by Alex

When it comes to fixing broken or damaged sewer pipes, pipe relining is becoming an increasingly popular option. This innovative method involves lining the inside of the damaged pipe with an epoxy liner, creating a new pipe within the existing one. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at pipe relining, including how it works, its benefits, and what you can expect during the process.

How Pipe Relining Works

Pipe relining involves several steps, including:

  1. Pipe inspection: A pipe camera inspection is used to identify the location and extent of the damage.
  2. Cleaning the pipes: The pipes are cleaned using high-pressure water jets to remove any debris or blockages.
  3. Measuring the pipes: The length and diameter of the pipe are measured to determine the size of the liner needed.
  4. Inserting the liner: The liner, which is made of an epoxy resin, is inserted into the pipe and inflated to the appropriate size.
  5. Curing the liner: The liner is cured, or hardened, using hot water or UV light, creating a new pipe within the existing one.
  6. Final inspection: A final inspection is performed to ensure that the relining was successful.

The Benefits of Pipe Relining

There are many benefits to choosing pipe relining over traditional pipe repair methods. Here are just a few:

  • Cost-effective: Pipe relining can be less expensive than traditional pipe repair methods because it requires less labor and materials.
  • Time-saving: Pipe relining can be completed quickly, often in just a few hours, whereas traditional repair methods can take days or even weeks.
  • No excavation: Because pipe relining is a no-dig method, there is no need for excavation, which can save time and money.
  • Long-lasting: Pipe relining can extend the lifespan of your pipes by up to 50 years or more.
  • Environmentally friendly: Pipe relining is a green solution that eliminates the need for replacing old pipes, which can reduce waste.

Pipe Relining Cost

The cost of pipe relining can vary depending on the length and diameter of your pipes, the extent of the damage, and the location of your pipes. However, pipe relining can be a cost-effective solution compared to traditional repair methods. For more information on pipe relining cost, visit Streamline Pipes to get and idea of costs.

The Importance of Professional Plumbing Services

While pipe relining can be an effective solution for damaged pipes, it is important to hire a professional plumbing company to ensure that the job is done correctly. At Streamline Pipes, we offer a range of plumbing services, including pipe camera inspections, pipe relining, and plumbing steps for repairing broken pipes. Our team of licensed and experienced plumbers can help ensure that your pipes are functioning optimally for years to come.

Wrapping Up

Pipe relining is an innovative and cost-effective solution for repairing broken or damaged sewer pipes. If you’re experiencing issues with your pipes, consider contacting Streamline Pipes for expert pipe relining services and other plumbing needs. Our team of professionals can help ensure that your pipes are restored to their optimal condition.

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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