Pipe relining is a fairly new method and technology for Australian clients and contractors to go about pipe relining. With a good track record and a few years of testing under its belt, it has made quite an impression to most homeowners and is slowly gaining popularity in the plumbing market. Because of this fact, homeowners seek more information about the technology to make sure that this method can indeed cater to their plumbing needs.in this article, you will read about 5 frequently asked questions pertaining to the process, nature, advantages and just about anything about the trenchless method of pipe relining. So, here goes;
1. How long will it take to reline a pipe?
Each job is unique from the rest and may vary in cleaning and curing time. Put in mind that after the cleaning of the pipe and at least two inspections using a CCTV camera snaked down the pipe, what will take up most of the relining time is the curing process. However, this task had proved to be a lesser problem these days since contractors have developed various ways and methods to help lessen the curing time. Also, the type of resin used in the liner will matter a great deal. But here is an estimate:
➢ Slow Curing Resin – 8 to 10 hours
➢ Medium Curing Resin – 6 to 8 hours
➢ Fast Curing Resin – 3 to 5 hours
Make sure to inquire and ask your contractor about the type of the resin compatible with the kind of environment your plumbing system has and the amount of curing time it will need.
2. How strong is the liner?
Again, this question equates to the type of resin used in the relining process. Rest assured that because of its resin composition, all liners are at least 5 times stronger and more structurally sound than the traditional piping fixture. First, a liner is a three part resin compound which means that the new pipe will be strong enough to bear the weight and stress imposed by dead load about it. Second, pipe liners are one continuous stretch of material that is seamless and uncut. This provides homeowners with the assurance that there will be no joints and threads where roots can intrude of corrosive materials can penetrate. Third, liners have a plastic finish. Corrosion on resin compounds and plastics are unheard of. This means that even when the liners have been in service for a really long time, homeowners might as well crush out pipe corrosion from the list of problems their sewer and pipelines might face.
When you reline your plumbing pipes, you have secured approximately 50 more years of service from your plumbing.
3. How do I know that the job has been done right?
After each relining session, the homeowner is provided with a copy of the CCTV Camera recording that shows the condition of the pipelines before the initial clean up, after the clean up using a high power water jet and after the curing period of the liner. You can then assess if the damages were all covered and if the overall result of the relining is to your satisfaction.
4. Will you guarantee your work?
All liners have at least 50 years of service in them. And reputable and experienced contractors stand by their plumbing. Also, before the relining process begins, the contractor will draw up a contract protecting your interest and the integrity of the company as well as finalising and documenting all the terms of the process that you and the company have agreed on.
5. How much does it take to reline a pipe?
This will vary on a lot of factors. The contractor and the homeowner will agree on a pricing based on the needs of the plumbing system. The factors that equate are;
★ The length of the pipe that needs to be relined.
★ The type of resin material used in the liner.
★ The total cost of materials needed.
★ The rate of the contractor.
★ Other expenses that will be done during the process.