Pipe relining is a process that restores pipes to their original condition, without the need for excavation. Pipe relining is done by professionals like The Relining Company and can be used in drainage, sewer and water systems. The goal of pipe lining is to extend the life of existing pipelines by protecting them from corrosion or other damage caused by soil pressure, freezing temperatures, tree roots and more- while providing a clean path for wastewater flow.
The Key Points You Need To Know When Pondering Pipe Lining:
- Pipe Relining Is Fast – It typically takes less than one day per linear foot of pipeline to install and restore pipeline capacity to its original condition
- Pipe Relining Is A Cost- Effective alternative to pipe replacement, excavation or other expensive options. The most common applications for pipe lining are:
- Drainage And Sewer Pipes – where the existing pipeline has been compromised by soil pressure from above ground construction; water lines in cities with high frost heaves that cause damage as freezing temperatures hit the metal inside of old pipes (this includes areas like Toronto); and even gas line leaks caused by tree root intrusion. Pipe lining can be used on any type of underground infrastructure, including manholes, vaults and culverts.
- The goal of pipe lining is to extend the life of these pipelines without disrupting traffic flow through surface streets or putting workers at risk during excavation. Pipe lining is also a more environmentally-friendly option because it doesn’t fill up landfills with dirt and rock used for excavation.
- A major question that people have when pondering pipe relining is whether they should do the job themselves or hire professionals to complete the task. There are many factors that make this decision complicated, including what type of pipeline you need relined; your experience in plumbing work (or lack thereof); how quickly you want the job completed and any hidden costs associated with hiring someone else to do the work instead of doing it yourself.
- The first thing you’ll want to think about before tackling a DIY project like pipe replacement is where exactly on your property these pipes run underground – determining if there’s been any recent flooding or any other type of damage that has occurred. The pipes can be located by digging a hole in your yard and then using an auger to find the line – if you’re lucky, it’s buried close to the surface but more often than not, they are deep below ground level.
- The second thing you’ll want to think about is what type of pipe needs replacing? There are many different types of pipelines; copper-based (PEX), PVC polymer plastic) which is less expensive but requires special tools for installation. Copper-base metal fittings must also be used when installing these lines as opposed to brass ones with plastics because while this material does corrode over time due to exposure from sun and rain, it will not break like plastics will.
- Once you know what kind of pipe needs replacing, the next step is deciding if it’s worth fixing or not? If your lines are more than ten years old and have water leakage problems that cannot be fixed with other solutions such as gas keting then chances are they should be replaced before major damage occurs to your home. Other factors to consider include whether the pipes need special attention due to location (elevation) and how much work a replacement would entail in terms of digging up yard space, etc.