Despite our best hopes and efforts, many pipes crack and become faulty with time. When this happens, the pipes must be addressed so that water, sewer, gas and other systems can run properly. For businesses and municipalities, pipe damage can mean costly operational downtime. And for homeowners, it can result in unexpected expenses plus possible displacement from the residence. Needless to say, pipe problems require fast remedial action.
The good news is that many damaged pipes can be rehabilitated from the inside out with a technique called cured-in-place pipe lining. So, what is a cured-in-place pipe? With a cured-in-place pipe, we use a specialized process to repair the pipe in a way that doesn’t require digging or pipe replacement. This makes repairs faster, easier and more economical, which is better for everyone.
The Cured In Place Pipe (CIPP) Process
To repair a pipe with a CIPP process, we use precision technology to effectively reconstruct a new pipe within the faulty one. We’ve perfected our process over the years by completing the highest level of training and procuring the finest equipment and materials. With these efforts, we’ve developed a cured-in-place pipe repair approach known for precision and superior quality.
Here is a simplified overview of how the cured-in-place pipe process works:
- We start with a custom-fitted fabric tube. We call this the liner.
- Then, we saturate the liner with epoxy. At this stage, it’s still a floppy, flexible tube.
- Next, we insert the tube into the existing faulty pipe, navigating it all the way through to the end of the pipe.
- Next, we gently inflate the tube to the diameter of the pipe and allow it to cure (harden). Depending on the specific application, curing can include ambient curing (which occurs naturally in time), UV light curing and steam curing, among others.
- Once the curing is complete, the flexible liner transforms into a structural, sealed solid form.
With CIPP pipe repair, you aren’t just mending damage—you are essentially creating a new pipe within your old one.
When the pipe is cured in place, you eliminate the need to remove the failed pipe. And that’s another good thing for everyone! Trench digging and pipe repair are incredibly disruptive, messy and costly. With cured-in-place pipe lining, you gain all the benefits of pipe replacement, but with a trenchless, no-dig technique that is faster and far less disruptive than replacement.
Advantages to Structural C.I.P.P.
Conventional pipe repair is expensive and incredibly disruptive because most pipes are not accessible without digging around them. This requires unsightly trenches, and in the case of some locations, evacuation from the premises, which is particularly thorny for businesses and residents alike. CIPP repair, conversely, requires no digging, and instead, relies on sophisticated technology to construct a new cured pipe within the faulty one.
- Minimally invasive
- Precision technology
- No destructive trench digging
- No long-term water shutoff
- Cost savings of up to 30%-40%
- 50-year life use expectancy
- Possible increased flow
- No displacement of residents, tenants (condos, businesses)
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Have questions about your damaged pipes? Looking for a pipe repair solution that won’t require trenches? The experts at Pipelining Technologies are here to help! Our friendly, knowledgeable team has answers to all your pipe-related questions. Call today for a custom quote!