If you have roots in your sewer pipe or you have a corroded bottomless cast iron pipe with rough edges or rusty surfaces, you may find your kitchen sink is backed up, or the toilet is backed up, or your drains are blocked. If the sewage pipe is cracked, you may even notice a foul odor emanating from the floor or condominium walls. The roots in the sewer pipe will always grow back in search of water, no matter how often you unblock the root damaged pipe. Also, cracked and broken pipes result in water infiltration which causes sewer processing costs to increase, and water exfiltration, which means sewage is leaking into the environment!
If the broken pipe is in an apartment wall like leaking vertical roof drains or vertical sewer pipes, then the collateral damage can become quite extensive from a blocked drain. Imagine the second floor condo flooding every time someone flushes a toilet on any of the twenty floors above it, and imagine nobody notices the clogged drain for a few days!
Cured In Place Pipe
Pipe Relining can replace pipes without digging up walls, floors, driveways or landscaping. The pipe lining process installs a pipe-within the old pipe, typically from a rooftop or outside the building where the sewer service lateral comes out under the building on the way to the sewer main line. Sewer main lines can also be relined, but the re-lining can be done in its entirety or just in small sections.
The pipe liner will install the cured-in-place-pipe (CIPP) typically from one access point, and the pipe lining will harden in 3 hours. There are different types of pipe coatings, some are structural where they are as thick and strong as a new pipe (CIPP), others are merely a pipe coating (epoxy pipe lining). Not all pipeline coatings are the same either, it depends on what the pH, temperature and structural conditions are inside the pipeline.
Where Can Pipe Lining (CIPP) Be Used?
The lining process can be used to rehabilitate virtually any type of pipe including; clay pipe, cast Iron, orangeburg, PVC, ABS, HDPE, concrete pipe, roof drain stacks, vertical pipelines such as roof leaders, electrical conduit lines and chiller pipelines, and all underground piping.