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4 New Ways to Repair a Sewer Pipe

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A common problem to most homeowners is pipe damage. Now, since pipes are interconnected in one complex and dependent system, the damage of a single pipe can directly affect the performance and effectiveness of another. A pipe can get damaged at any time of the year: during the heat of summer or at the middle of the dead of winter. So, it is a non-issue that all homeowners need to properly take care of the sewer system so you do not have to deal with random problems at the most inopportune time. However, no matter the amount of maintenance, unexpected damages can still render your sewer lines unusable. Before the turn of the century, professional plumbers had to rely on heavy digging and excavation in order to fix a sewer line that has been damaged severely. These days, new methods and technology have been developed to give us better and more effective solutions to make the process shorter and less expensive without having to sacrifice the quality of the fix. So, here are the new ways on going about sewer line repair:

  • Internal Pipe Coating

This repair method is very close to pipe relining. The difference between the two can be found in the amount of the pipe that is to be reinforced. In pipe relining, the entire pipe is lined with epoxy liners from the inside, on the other hand, the Internal Pipe Coating method only reinforces the areas of the pipe that is actually damaged. Another difference lit the method of application. In this pipe repair technique, the pipe is sprayed with epoxy sealants from the interior to protect the load and prevent them from spilling out of the pipe.

  • Pulled-In-Place

PIPP is a method of pipe relining that enables the homeowner to have a brand new sewer pipeline without the hassle of digging, physically taking out the old and damaged one, and replacing it with a new pipe.

The process needs two holes to begin with. One hole is located at the starting point of the pipe that should be lined while the other one is located at the opposite end where the liner should end. These two holes will serve as the exit and the entrance points for the liner. Epoxy compounds and other materials are mixed together, poured in to the liner and fed through the inversion chamber to flip the liner inside out so that the epoxy compound is facing the host pipe. This will make sticking the material to the damaged pipe easier.

  • Cured-In-Place

This method is very similar to the PIPP method. There will also be the need to create two holes on opposite ends of the damaged pipe. The difference of the two methods is that CIPP uses a bladder in place of an inversion chamber to adhere the liner to the host pipe. The process starts by wrapping the liner around the bladder and threading them through the damaged pipe. The bladder is them inflated until the epoxy sticks to the interior walls of the pipe. The bladder remains inflated until the epoxy sets. A UV light device is then sent into the pipe to help everything set properly.

  • Pipe Bursting

This process is done with the aid of a bursting tool. A busting tool is basically a heavy duty digging mechanism that has a widener, the new pipe and other tools attached to it as it breaks the old line open so that the process is done simultaneously. The tool pulled to the opposite end of the tunnel or pipe with a cable pulled by a machine or a mobile car at the surface.