How Pipe Lining Operations Work and Which Equipment is the Best for Pipe Lining
When it comes to repairing the sewers, homeowners want the process to be as stress-free and financially affordable as possible. Pipe lining is a superb way of achieving this. It prevents the need for digging, which drastically quickens the process.This guide will tell you everything you need to know about pipe lining operations.
How Pipe Lining Operations Work
When a pipe is beginning to crack or showing signs of rust, it needs to be repaired to prevent leakage and the complete breakdown of the sewage system. A sewer pipe lining operation will easily repair the pipe and make it fit for use once again. The method is non-intrusive and can be done very quickly, ensuring very little downtime.
To assess whether a drain needs relining, a video inspection may be done to establish what damage has been done to the pipe and where – cracks may be forming due to wear and tear or as a result of tree roots. After this has been conducted and the decision taken to reline, the pipe will be thoroughly cleaned to remove any clogging, allowing the easy installation of the new lining, and to make sure that the lining sticks well to the pipe.
Following this, a packer will be inserted into the pipe before being inflated until the new lining sticks to the edges of the pipe. The full inflation lets the new material bond itself tightly to the pipe so that it works properly once installed. Another video inspection may take place once inflated to confirm that the packer has inflated correctly and has moulded well against the pipe. This process is important as if it has not bonded fully then the pipe will likely leak again in the future. Depending on the material used for the relining, it may be heated so that it sticks firmly.
Once these steps have been carried out, the air can be released leaving behind a new pipe that is fit for purpose. If done well, pipe relining is a long-term solution – it’s not just a quick fix that staves off an underlying problem.
Explaining the Best Pipe Lining Equipment
High quality pipe lining operations will use resin as the pipe material. This is because it is a strong material which can be moulded easily, while remaining fully waterproof – perfect for a sewage system. Resin may also be injected into cracks which have formed to prevent leakage.
Inflatable packers are used to help shape the lining and ensure that it sets successfully onto the pipe. Once the lining has hardened against the pipe, the packer is pulled back through the drain.
A good camera is an underrated tool for pipe lining. When carrying out a video inspection, it’s essential to know where the problems and are and whether they have been fully fixed, and a high-definition camera will ensure both of these aims are achieved.
Carrying out a high pressure hydro jet clean before conducting the pipe lining will allow the pipes to be fully unclogged, making the pipe lining operation a seamless one.