Pipe relining is also referred to as CIPP (Cured In-place Pipelining) is a revolutionary method of repairing a property’s broken, cracked or aging pipes. In this advanced process, there is no additional cost of digging up and replacing the existing pipelines.
With pipe relining, a new pipe is created, set and cured within the existing pipe.
Pipe relining repairs the damaged pipes by curing them from the inside with the help of a unique resin. At Sydney Relining Company we use a two-part epoxy resin.
The resin is pulled through the pipe (with the help of some machinery) and expanded to leave a hard fibreglass shell that creates a hard, long-lasting pipe. The new pipe is up to 4 times stronger than a new PVC pipe and is perfect for sewer pipe repair.
The hardening or “setting” of the resin produces a brand-new, fully operational channel without involving any arduous digging process.
There are different stages to the process of pipe relining. Here are some important steps:
1. Initially, our team at Sydney Relining Company will ensure your pipes are checked and inspected. We are looking for the extent of the damage, the start and end of the damage and the cause of the damage. Typically this is done with a sewer camera and a CCTV so we can see exactly where the issues lay, in which area of your home’s pipe network.
2. If your pipes are blocked with tree roots, foreign objects or a build-up of grease, oil, hair and organic material (known as a fatberg) then we will clear the pipes before we reline the pipes. For larger, more solid blocks we’ll use a high-pressure jetter for clearing your pipes.
A good, clean surface is ideal for relining pipes, as it helps the resin set nicely, so a thorough clean and clear of your pipes is essential.
3. After this stage, another final check is performed for ensuring that the pipes have become ready for the relining process. This stage is carried out with the help of closed-circuit cameras.
4. Our expert team will have determined the length of the pipe which needs relining. We’ll know if there are any junctions or bends, or any connected pipes that also need to be reset.
5. Once the length of the pipes has been analyzed, the pipe receives epoxy resin saturation. For a breakdown on the process, watch this video. Before the process of curing gets completed, the inspection pits and junctions are cut. The process makes use of robotic cutters for removing junctions. However, grinders or other surface-level cutters can also be used for the inspection pits.
6. Then comes the curing process. It is regarded as the longest stage in the entire pipe relining process. The curing stage can be done with “ambient” curing which is left to set in the natural air. Alternatively, hot water is used for accelerating the curing process. Ultimately, UV curing is used for saving time and seeing an excellent result.
Now the process of pipe relining is complete! Our team performs necessary checks to make sure that everything is working perfectly.
The lining material of the pipe relining process is designed to last for around 50 years - which is incredible. At Sydney Relining Company we offer a 35-year guarantee.
The process of pipe relining is known to stand against the test of time. As a matter of fact, it is believed that pipe relining might last for a longer period in comparison to a new pipe through the traditional method of pipe replacement.
When pipes are made out of metal, they undergo corrosion with the passage of time. For instance, galvanized pipes that were used in residential properties some years back, had a higher chance of undergoing corrosion in comparison to modern-day copper drainage pipes.
With time, copper can degrade and corrode as well.
Most assumptions put relined pipes at a lifespan upwards of around 50 years.
● Using the right epoxy resin material for filling in the gaps and correcting the damages in the original pipe.
● Taking preventative steps right from the start for avoiding pipe infiltration by tree roots.
● Choosing the right plumbing company that specialises in pipe relining to execute the job professionally.
● Maintaining the plumbing system by cleaning drains, cleaning your gutters, clearing debris and making sure your pipes are in good condition.
The material that most professional plumbers use for pipe relining is strong and durable. Most professional pipe relining companies (like us) also offer warranty on the durability of the material used. The materials last longer than that of the traditional pipes. As such, your overall return on investment in a pipe relining project is significantly higher.
If you wish to increase the lifeline of the sewer pipeline system in your property, you should seek professional pipe relining services. With our system of pipe relining, we offer a 35-year guarantee and the life expectancy of your relined pipes is 50 years! Plus the relined pipes are 4 times stronger than new PVC pipes, making them super durable and able to withstand tree root infiltration - something all Sydney homeowners should be aware of.
A typical pipe relining process includes sub-processes of draining, jetting, clearing, drying, and scrubbing the interiors of the pipes which need to be relined.
The scrubbing method helps in cleaning the insides of the sewage pipes. Moreover, residue and materials get flushed out from the pipes. The pipes are then dried.
Eventually, a safe, two-part epoxy resin gets introduced into the pipes. After this, the pipe is allowed to cure via whichever method is deemed best for the job. The new ‘pipe within a pipe’ interior is left with a clean and smooth surface.
In the process, a felt tube (mostly made out of polyester, fibreglass, or carbon fibre) is impregnated with a particular resin. The pipe is then inserted through the damaged pipe. The lining can be inserted with the help of air or water pressure. Hot water or UV light can be used for accelerating the curing rate of the resin.
In case a fiberglass pipe is used, then curing of the resin can be done by using UV light that is introduced into the given tube. As resin curing occurs, it results in the formation of a tight-fitting and corrosion-resistant alternative pipe.
You can hire professional Sydney Relining Company services from plumbing experts or specialists in your area. Here are some benefits of pipe relining you can expect in addition to their long life span:
Traditional methods of repairing or replacing damaged pipes, especially sewer line pipes are quite complicated and can be quite costly. As a homeowner, it’s stressful to think about the process of digging up your entire lawn or partially renovating bathrooms and laundries to access damaged pipes. With the dig and replace method there are unknown factors to consider: how much time will it take? How expensive will the labour charges be? How expensive will the equipment hire be? How long will it take to restore the garden, lawn, paths and potentially driveways to their normal appearance?
It’s all information you don’t need to consider when you choose to reline your pipes.
One of the most common questions we get asked by Sydney homeowners considering pipe relining is: “How long will the property’s main be shut off?” Meaning, how long will my family be without water? Will we need to shower at the neighbour’s house in the evening? Can I make my coffee during the day!?
As a family-owned and run company we understand that your family’s safety and access to clean, running water comes first.
At Sydney Relining Company we use a thorough, planned process to reline your pipes - which includes an extensive inspection of your pipes and property beforehand to know exactly what we’re working with and what we need to be prepared for on the day. Most relining jobs will be started and completed in one day, meaning minimum downtime for your property’s water access.
Please consider this point when you’re deciding whether to “dig and replace” or reline your pipes and ask your professional plumber about the time your main’s will be shut off for the dig and replace method.
When you are dealing with plumbing and sewer issues, it is important to factor in the overall costs involved. Relining is available at a fraction of the cost of traditional drainage pipe repair projects. This is because there is no requirement of using heavy equipment for digging trenches.
Put to the side the costs associated with digging and replacing lawns, paths and driveways. There is another cost associated with choosing the “dig and replace” method of repairing and replacing pipes - the fact that you’ll probably need to do it again and again, and again.
If you’re looking to replace your sewer line pipes due to a massive obstruction from tree root growth and you choose to dig and replace your pipes with normal PVC - chances are you’ll be seeing your plumber again soon. Tree roots are incredibly aggressive and all it takes is one tiny, hairline crack in any pipe in your system for a tree root to sniff out the water source. One they have, they will attack with ferocity and deeply entrench themselves within the constant, nutrient-rich flow of water coming from your property. The tree roots will stay until they ‘outgrow’ their home and literally burst out of your pipes.
Every time your pipe system is infiltrated with tree roots you’ll need to clear them and replace the pipe. By choosing to reline your pipes, you are evicting the tree roots once and for all.
Pipe relining is a highly cost-effective solution in comparison to replacing or repairing damaged pipes. The resin lining for the process itself costs significantly less than a new pipe altogether. Also, the entire process requires minimal labour intervention and due to the fast nature of the process and the curing process, you are looking at much lower labour costs than the dig and replace method. Plus, once you do it - you won’t have to do it again for decades.
When you hire pipe relining services from professional local plumbers, make sure that they make use of the best quality of materials for the effectiveness of the project. This will ensure that your relined pipes will stand the test of time and last for up to 50 years.
Using a top-quality material is directly proportional to increasing the overall lifespan of the newly embedded pipe in your property’s drainage system.
For a quote on your pipe relining job, please call our team on 0420 102 202 now.