What is Pipe Relining and Do I Need It?
Posted by Express Sewer & Drain Team on
We rely on our plumbing every day. Our sinks, showers, and toilets are must-haves that we couldn't live without! But what happens when the plumbing pipes on your property aren't performing? Do they have to be replaced, or can they simply be relined? If you've noticed some of the warning signs we highlight here, don't wait to have your pipes checked. As Ben Franklin famously said, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." So, check those pipes before they become a major problem. But first, here's a closer look at what you may be dealing with.
About Sewer Pipes
Sewer pipes have evolved within the past thirty years. When piping was first installed up until 1980, clay pipes were used. Clay is economical as well as environmentally friendly and stable. Clay pipes usually last between 50-60 years. After the year 1980, polyvinyl chloride pipes were used, otherwise called PVC pipes. This kind of pipe was designed to last over 100 years. But sometimes, accidents happen. Roots can grow into the pipe and crack it, or normal wear and tear along with extreme weather can cause even more issues. Just like a car, a house, and even your own body, sewer pipes also need maintenance. The warning signs are easy to find when you know what to be on the lookout for.
What is Pipe Relining?
When there's a problem with pipes, you may think pipe replacement is the only option. Of course, this is an invasive plumbing procedure, requiring excavation that may tear up your yard. However, if excessive corrosion, tree root damage, and leaking aren't major problems, pipe relining can be a quicker and more affordable option.
Pipe relining repairs pipes without replacing them. To reline a pipe, a professional plumber will insert a custom liner into the drain, inflating it with compressed air. After a few hours, this will mold the epoxy resin to the inner surface of the drain, making it like new! Because this trenchless plumbing technology doesn't require any digging, you'll save money and the headache of a torn-up yard. So, the advantages of pipe relining are plenty!
Signs You Need New Pipe Lining
People like to say "out of sight, out of mind," and that too often applies to plumbing. Since your pipes are underground, there are not many ways to see for yourself if they need to be relined. But, just because you can't see them, doesn't mean there isn't an issue. Signs to look out for when your pipe is in need of maintenance include:
- Water backup
- Lower quality of water
- A tree near the pipe could puncture the pipe with its roots
- Your knowledge of when the pipe was placed
- Funky odor in the yard
- Gurgling toilet noises
- Sludge in the bathtub
- Clogs or rust
If you experience any of these instances that stem from the symptoms of your sewer pipe, you will need to call a professional.
Pipe lining is durable, affordable, versatile, and safe for the environment! But what kind of trenchless technologies do we offer?
- Lateral Lining and Reinstatement
- Sectional Point Repair
- Pipe Bursting
- Water Line Replacement
With our many options, we can choose the process based on the needs of your specific pipe. Our methods do not harm the surrounding environment or your property, and it costs you less money than the traditional methods of digging a trench to replace the entire pipe.
Benefits of Trenchless Technologies
With the many different kinds of trenchless technologies we have to offer, the benefits speak for themselves! Trenchless technologies not only save you time and money but the aesthetics and well-being of your lawn and property as well!
- Your lawn, driveway, and property are protected
- Repairing, not replacing
- Repairs last for decades
- The process is environmentally friendly
- Any repair can be made with the tools we have
When to Get Your Pipes Relined
Which season is the best season to get your pipes relined? While summer may be the first season to come to mind, other peak pipe relining seasons are late spring and early fall (these are the times when the soil is at its softest). Of course, we can work with your piping in Sacramento whenever it's necessary. So, if your pipe is suffering from any of the symptoms listed above, call us today no matter what the season. We are here for you anytime!
Contact Express Sewer & Drain Today
Express Sewer & Drain can help you with any and all of your plumbing needs. Aside from our specialization in trenchless technologies, we can also help you with general plumbing, including water pipe replacement, leak detection, faucet and toilet repair, as well as maintenance of your water heater. For more information on any of our services, or if you have questions about your plumbing or sewer pipe needs, do not hesitate to contact us today. We always have the necessary tools on hand to get the job done thoroughly, quickly, and efficiently while saving you money.
Topics: Trenchless Technology, Pipe Lining, Lateral Lining, Pipe Leaks and Repair