The timeline to epoxy
If your house was built after 1975, you likely have PVC plumbing throughout your home. While PVC was introduced to the United States in the early ’50s, scientists and engineers spent nearly two decades improving its strength and functionality. By the ’70s PVC was replacing cast iron plumbing as the standard building piping material. However, the cast iron pipes already in place within buildings weren’t broken. So they didn’t get fixed. But today, those pipes are showing signs of wear, deterioration, and/or complete destruction. Homeowners of older residences are faced with the question of how to repair these pipes that are integral to the movement of water and waste. Enter epoxy pipe lining. Epoxy pipe lining is an efficient, low-interruption method of “replacing” old and damaged pipes.
What is epoxy pipe lining?
Epoxy pipe lining is a method of restoring existing pipes that allows the building and surrounding exterior of the pipes to remain intact. Rather than tear into walls or dig up existing pipes to replace them with PVC, epoxy lining coats the interior of the existing damaged pipe and hardens – sealing any holes and breaks. It is considered a low-impact method, allowing homeowners to remain in their residences and businesses to continue operations through the process.
Epoxy pipe lining is gaining in popularity throughout the United States. As homeowners face aging sewer lines and even damages to newer PVC pipes, they are finding the solution to be economical and long-lasting. Pipelining Technologies performs epoxy pipe linings – and has spent the past 15+ years perfecting the technologies behind their process.
How epoxy pipe lining is made
Pipelining Technologies uses Cured in Place Piping (CIPP) to fit the future pipe within the existing one. After mapping the piping network within the home or building and removing any blockages from the existing pipes, the process to insert CIPP can begin.
CIPP starts out malleable, soft like a fabric hose, and saturated in epoxy. A technician feeds the tube into an inversion tank, which will be used to blow the liner into the existing pipe. Using compressed air, the inversion tank pushes the soaked epoxy liner through the length of the pipe.
Once in place, the liner is left to cure, or harden. Within just a few hours – and minimal damage to the surrounding property – a new, structurally sound pipe takes the place of the corroded one. There is no need to dig up and pull out the corroded and failing pipe.
Let Pipelining Technologies Help
For more information on the process to create epoxy pipelining, watch our in-depth trenchless pipe repair videos. From overviews of cured in place piping to explanations of detailed industry methodologies, our goal is to help you understand your options and find a solution that best fits your situation. If you believe you are in need of pipe repair or replacement, reach out to the team at Pipelining Technologies. Our technicians can perform a thorough inspection to help you see the issues at hand and confidently move forward with a solution. Call us at 561-517-9859 to request a quote today.