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    Pipe relining vs replacement

    Costs, reviews, pros & cons

    Hannah | Oneflare

    Pipe relining is a procedure that is used for repairing broken pipes both in residential and commercial areas. By using materials such as polyester, epoxy, silicate, vinyl ester, pipe relining strengthens the pipes. It is not uncommon to have results that are even better than PVC pipes. Applying this procedure will add another 40-50 years to pipes’ life and protect from disintegration.

    How does it work?

    Pneumatic hoses propel hot, filtered air through your piping to dry it. A mixture of air and sand removes all deposits and prepares the pipes to receive the coating. An epoxy resin coating finishes closing all the small leaks and protecting the pipes.

    When is pipe relining more beneficial than pipe replacement?

    There is a common misconception that pipe relining is a temporary fix compared to permanent fixed offered by pipe replacement. Having pipes relined is a permanent fix, just as replacing them is. There are however, lots of variables when it comes to finding a solution:

    • Pipe relining should be the choice when the cost of excavating certain sections for drain and sewer pipes is too expensive.
    • Pipe relining makes more sense when the time is limited. Excavating, pulling out the old piping and replacing everything takes a considerable amount of time.
    • Pipe relining should be the choice where accessing pipes would require complex work; pipes laid under tiles, concrete floors and etc.

    Demolitions and excavations in rooms or in cramped environments, in addition to delaying the intervention times, often involve the possibility of damaging other parts of the property. The intervention illustrated is respectful of the environment, and in fact does not require materials to be disposed of. Which, given the high costs of disposal in a landfill, represents a further advantage economically.  From a strictly economic point of view, pipe relining is in many situations more convenient than the traditional method of replacement, taking into account the reduction of execution times and the elimination of all the inconveniences related to this.

    How much does pipe relining cost?

    You’re probably wondering the cost of this procedure that will make your pipes stronger. As far as the costs go, there isn’t a definitive answer. The price will depend on a variety of factors, including:

    • Size of the pipe
    • Location of the pipe
    • Accessibility of the pipe
    • The condition of the pipe
    • The diameter of the pipe (smaller diameter pipes are more expensive)

    On average, pipe relining costs will vary between $300 – $1000 per metre.

    Blocked Drains

    Having blocked drains is a common issue, but it is in no way an obstacle for pipe relining. With pipe relining, a technique similar to the endoscopic procedure is carried out, performing a video inspection of the plumbing system for any blockages, clogs or cracks. Subsequently, blockages are cleaned and washed. The drain will be cleaned using a high-pressure water jet.

    Damaged pipes

    The same method will be used to assess the damage in the pipes to determine the condition and whether it is suitable for relining. This renders any surprise elements during relining work.

    Pipe Relining vs Replacement: Costs, Reviews, Pros & Con

    Longer life expectancy

    Pipe relining technology guarantees to make your pipes stronger. Resin sets in and the relined pipe will hold its own structure, which is quite strong and durable. Pipe relining will add 40-50 years to your pipes’ lifetime. In most cases, a relined pipe will have a longer life expectancy than newly replaced pipes.

    Root infested pipes

    The growth of tree roots could be considered one of the biggest problems found in pipes. The roots of the trees reach into the septic tanks through the joints that hold the pipes of the plumbing system. To give you an idea, a small size like a hair can sneak in, invade the pipeline and, finding water and nutrients, end up growing out of control. If this root grows enough it can end up clogging the pipe. An effective way of removing the tree roots is by using a high-pressure water jet (up to 4000psi). This will break down the roots and push them out of the pipes.

    Contact a professional plumber service for the relining of your pipes. A decent service will do a great job and save you from the high-costs of replacing the pipes.

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