If you need any sort of pipe or sewer repairs in your home or commercial property, you should know that trenchless pipe rehabilitation means it’s not the daunting prospect it used to be. There’s no need now to dig up long lengths of pipe, disturbing expensive landscaping and just generally making a mess. Camera drain inspections are usually recommended prior to any repair so that you can get an accurate diagnosis of the problem and choose the best solution, but most sewer and pipe issues can be resolved with one of two trenchless pipe rehabilitation methods: CIPP or pipe bursting. Here’s what you need to know about them.
How CIPP Is Installed
CIPP stands for cured in place pipe. This kind of pipe starts out as a flexible, tube-shaped liner soaked in resin or epoxy. The liner is inserted from a single point along the line (usually using water flow to position it properly). Once the liner is in place, heat, steam, or UV light is used to “cure” it, hardening it so that it adheres to the existing pipe to correct structural defects. This new pipe within a pipe has the same lifespan as a normal replacement pipe would.
How Pipe Bursting Works
The other main option for replacing large lines is trenchless pipe bursting. This technique uses special machines and two access points along the line (called the launching and receiving pits) to simultaneously destroy the old pipe and put a new one into place. The result is equally durable to a CIPP repair.
Why Choose Trenchless
Why choose a trenchless repair over a traditional one? The central advantage, not having an open trench marring your property, speaks for itself. But there are also financial benefits to consider. Because trenchless repairs can be done very quickly — sometimes in a day or just a few days — labor costs can be kept very low. And if you’re running a business, not having to shut down operations because of a plumbing issue can save you thousands of dollars, too.
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