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Introduction to Pipe Relining

Pipe relining is a trenchless repair method for damaged drain pipes without the need for expensive excavation. Abbotsbury Plumbing provides this efficient alternative to traditional pipe replacement.

In pipe relining, an epoxy resin-saturated liner is placed into the damaged pipe and cured, forming a robust new pipe inside the old one. This durable repair, with a lifespan of 30 to 50 years, addresses damage from various causes including tree root intrusion and corrosion.

Compared with tearing up floors and foundations to replace old pipes, pipe relining is quicker, cleaner and often more affordable. Lasting only 1 to 3 days with minimal impact on your home or business, it prevents the hassle and expense of repairing surroundings damaged during pipe replacement.

Understanding the Pipe Relining Process

Once you engage a professional service like Abbotsbury Plumbing, the pipe relining process unfolds in several important stages.

  1. Initial inspection - A plumber will visually inspect the pipes using a camera to identify damage and determine if relining is suitable.
  2. Pipe cleaning - The existing pipe is thoroughly cleaned to prepare the surface.
  3. Lining installation - A structural epoxy resin liner soaked in a protective coating is inserted into the pipe.
  4. Curing - The liner is cured, either with hot water, steam or UV light to harden the resin.

The curing stage gives the liner rigidity, allowing it to stand alone as a 'pipe within a pipe’ once cured. This creates a durable, jointless and corrosion-resistant solution designed to outlast traditional piping, with little disruption to your Abbotsbury premises.

The complete pipe relining process typically takes 1-3 days. Abbotsbury Plumbing will guide you through each phase, tailored to your specific needs.

Inspecting and Assessing Pipe Damage

Performing a thorough inspection of damaged pipes is a crucial first step for determining if pipe relining is suitable. At Abbotsbury Plumbing, we use cutting-edge CCTV pipe inspection cameras which can help visually assess the interior condition of pipes.

The high-resolution CCTV footage enables our technicians to pinpoint damage such as cracks, blockages, and tree root intrusion. It also assesses the level of deterioration, crucial in deciding if the pipe can structurally support the new liner.

Our experts utilise CCTV footage to diagnose and advise whether pipe relining is optimal for your scenario, allowing us to customise the approach, resin formula, and curing technique to your pipe’s condition and layout.

This precise assessment sets your pipe relining project up for success from the very start.

CCTV inspection enables quick evaluation of pipes for relining suitability and expedites diagnosis and repair, eliminating the need for immediate digging or exposure of pipes.

Cleaning and Preparing the Damaged Pipe

Technicians use high-pressure water jetting and mechanical scraping to clean the pipe before installing the liner, ensuring the inner surface is ready for optimal adhesion with the epoxy liner.

The pipe cleaning process removes contaminants and conditions the pipe walls, ensuring maximum surface contact between the liner and existing pipe. A clean, intact surface allows the liner to bond tightly to the original pipe, leading to long-lasting structural integrity and preventing future leaks or failures.

Proper preparation for pipe relining can be crucial for successful, durable repairs. Our extensive cleaning service lays the groundwork for long-term results by enabling complete contact between the liner and pipe. With over 25 years servicing the Abbotsbury area, you can trust Abbotsbury Plumbing to deliver professional pipe preparations tailored to your situation.

Installing the New Pipe Lining

There are two main pipe relining installation techniques our technicians use depending on pipe layout and damage:

  1. Inversion lining involves turning the resin-saturated liner inside out as its fed into the damaged pipe. Using hot water or steam, the liner expands and moulds itself to the pipe walls as it cures.
  2. Pull-in-place relining threads an unsaturated liner through the pipe which then receives the resin mix. A mix of wet epoxy resin is then pumped into the space between the liner and pipe, distributing evenly before curing.

Both techniques use robust epoxy resin to restore decaying pipes. The liner sets inside the pipe to form a solid polymer barrier.

Our Abbotsbury Plumbing specialists will determine the most suitable installation method based on pipe layout, access points and damage extent. Relying on inversion lining’s pressure or pull-in-place relining’s resin insertion, we tailor the procedure to your unique situation for effective, minimally invasive pipe renewal.

Curing the New Lining

The installed epoxy liner is cured to harden into a robust, waterproof barrier. Abbotsbury Plumbing employs advanced, eco-friendly methods for this process.

We may employ ambient temperature curing which allows the liner to cure slowly over several hours without external energy sources. However, steam, hot water or UV light curing speeds up the process to just 30-90 minutes.

UV light curing involves inflating the liner with air then shone UV rays to quickly harden the resin. This eco-friendly method avoids water wastage and can be used on various types pipes, including different sizes and materials. Steam or hot water curing instead heats the liner directly to accelerate hardening but uses more water.

Our specialists assess your unique situation, damaged pipe layout and project timeline to determine the most suitable curing method. We balance repair effectiveness, convenience and sustainable practises.

The Effectiveness and Benefits of Pipe Relining

Relining pipes, in contrast to traditional replacement techniques, offers multiple benefits, asserting its efficacy as a lasting solution.

As a trenchless technology, pipe relining avoids destructive excavation of floors and landscaping. The project timeline, without the need for extensive work, is significantly shorter too, usually 1 to 3 days instead of weeks. This convenience translates into major cost savings from less labour, material expenses and site restoration needed.

Modern pipe relining is resilient against corrosion and wear, providing a seamless, durable solution that can extend pipe life by 30 to 50 years without leaks or blockages.

At Abbotsbury Plumbing, our CIPP pipe relining comes with an industry-leading 10 year installation warranty. Supported by 25+ years servicing the Abbotsbury region, we take accountability for the quality of our workmanship.

Pipe relining can renew pipes with significant deterioration, deferring the need for replacement. Our expertise allows relining even in tight or difficult positions, regardless of layout and damage severity.

Faster and Less Disruptive than Traditional Repairs

Pipe relining is swift and minimally disruptive to homes and businesses, setting it apart from traditional pipe replacement.

Where replacing pipes might involve jackhammering floors and foundations, extensive excavation and major restoration work, pipe relining is remarkably swift and tidy. Smaller relining projects can often be completed in under 2 hours without disturbing surroundings.

As pipe relining preserves property and landscaping, it eliminates the need for costly damage repairs and minimises disruption to your property or business.

Pipe relining’s expedited process reduces labour and material costs compared to full-scale pipe replacement digging. With experienced plumbing professionals like Abbotsbury Plumbing, pipe relining offers a faster, cleaner and more affordable pipe remediation method.

Long-Lasting Repairs

Undertaken by seasoned professionals such as Abbotsbury Plumbing, pipe relining results in formidable, enduring repairs that can exceed a 50-year lifespan.

Correctly installed pipe liners form a jointless barrier, preventing leaks and blockages, ensuring dependable performance for years to come.

Pipe relining transforms old, damaged pipes into fully operational conduits expected to outlast traditional piping. Avoiding full pipe replacement also means the existing pipe layout and infrastructure remains undisturbed, which facilitates disposal old pipes appropriately.

Drain pipe relining offers a long-lasting, non-invasive solution for clients. Abbotsbury Plumbing guarantees our quality with 10-year installation warranties.

Cost Comparison to Replacement

With costs ranging from AUD 70 to AUD 250 per metre, pipe relining is significantly more cost-effective than full replacement, which can cost AUD 400 to AUD 1000 or more per metre.

With faster turnaround times of just 1-3 days, relining pipe minimises revenue losses from business downtime. The process causes little disturbance to floors, infrastructure and landscaping too.

What Impacts the Pipe Relining Timeline?

Several key factors can influence the duration of a pipe relining project:

  • Pipe layout and accessibility - Straight pipe runs are quicker to reline than intricate layouts or pipes in tight spots. Ease of access impacts equipment and workflow.
  • Pipe size and length - Longer pipes and wider diameters require more lining material and longer resin curing times.
  • Extent of damage - Severely deteriorated pipes need more preparation and cautious resin application.
  • Method and curing - Inversion lining and ambient curing have longer timelines than pull-in-place and UV light curing.
  • Materials lead time - Custom diameters or specialty liners may require 1-2 weeks to order and deliver.

A standard pipe relining project is completed within 1-3 days. Complexities such as pipe configuration or severe damage may extend this to 5-7 days.

Our Abbotsbury Plumbing experts assess all pipeline aspects to provide accurate project duration estimates. We work efficiently to complete relining work as quickly as possible while adhering to industry best practises.

Choosing the Right Plumbing Professional

When selecting a pipe relining service, prioritise an experienced company known for quality workmanship.

Ensure you choose a provider that specialises in pipe relining due to the specific skills this trenchless repair technique requires.

Drawing on over 25 years of expertise in the Abbotsbury region, we offer dependable pipe relining backed by extensive installation warranties.

To discuss your pipe damage and relining options, contact our team today on 1300 349 338 or jobs@abbotsburyplumbingservices.com.au. Our specialists are ready to inspect your pipes and verify if non-invasive relining is the right fix.

Conclusion: The Benefits of Pipe Relining

In summary, pipe relining is a convenient, non-invasive method for repairing damaged pipes, avoiding the extensive excavation of traditional methods.

  • Avoids destruction of floors, walls and landscaping
  • Faster timeline of just 1-3 days
  • Less expensive than full pipe replacement
  • Long-lasting repairs lasting 30-50 years
  • Prevents future leaks, cracks and blockages
  • Professional 10 year installation warranty

Leveraging more than 25 years of specialist experience in pipe relining across Abbotsbury, our team is equipped to evaluate your pipe issues and determine if relining is the ideal solution.

Contact Abbotsbury Plumbing for reliable pipe repairs with minimal inconvenience, or request a quote today.

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