As a homeowner, you understand the importance of maintaining your home to keep all its systems functioning at maximum capacity. After all, your home is your security for you and and your family. Maintaining your sewer system, an integral part of how your home functions, is of utmost importance. No one likes to think about having major home repairs, but once in a while it is necessary and the best way to handle them is to be prepared beforehand.
Traditionally, repairing or replacing sewer lines meant digging a huge trench in your yard and possibly destroying your entire yard, driveway, landscaping, etc. Not to mention the high cost of having this performed – paying a crew to tear everything up and then restore it all back in place. Fortunately, there have been technology advancements in pipe replacement that can save large amounts of time, disruption and money, while ensuring a better, lasting product.
If you are in the Tampa Bay area, a process called Pipe Lining may be available to you if the need for pipe replacement arises. Pipe Lining is basically the process of creating a pipe within a pipe in your current sewer system. There are two ways of accomplishing this – the pull-in-place method and the inversion method. The method that is used depends on the layout and condition of your current pipes, as well as other factors.
The Pull-In-Place Method
To implement the pull-in-place method, an epoxy-saturated liner is pulled into place through the existing pipe. It is then cured and a new pipe is formed. Two access points are required to perform this process, which may be a limitation in some areas, depending on the layout of the system. If two access points are not available, then the inversion method is used.
The Inversion Method
During the inversion method process, the liner is “shot” into the existing pipe within a quick matter of seconds. The epoxy adheres the liner to the pipe creating the pipe within a pipe repair. Only one access point is required for this method, which may be preferable for some homeowners.
There are many advantages to trenchless Pipe Lining, as compared to traditional pipe replacement:
- No Trench. This is a trenchless system, requiring only one or two access points and performed entirely above ground, saving your yard from needless destruction and your wallet from needless expenses. It is not only cost-effective, but it also allows for a faster completion time and less disruption to your daily routine.
- No Root Penetration. Since the new pipe is seamless and jointless, as well as epoxy sealed, there is no way for roots to invade as before. This greatly increases the longevity of the pipe.
- No Calcification. Thanks to the epoxy lining, deposits will not adhere to the inner walls of the pipe, greatly reducing build-ups and blockages.
- Increased Flow. A cured-in-place pipe has a much smoother surface than other pipes which may be made of concrete, cast iron or clay. Flow also remains unimpeded due to reduction of deposits and blockages.
If you live in or around the Tampa Bay area, there are many highly rated and qualified professional plumbers to help with repair or replacement of your sewer pipes. They will be able to evaluate your current system to determine if Pipe Lining would be a solution for you. Contact a professional today for the proper care and maintenance of your home, for the continued well-being of you and your family.