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If it’s been a very long time since you had a plumber out to your place, chances are your drainage system is already compromised due to root intrusion. Since traditional households in Australia have earthenware pipes, tree roots are attracted to the moisture from these pipelines. The natural course of these tree roots is to seep into the entire length of the pipeline, grow, and eventually fill the entire space. Here are some of warning signs that your pipes have been affected by tree root intrusion:
Traditionally, excavations are performed in order to fix sewer systems. This process, however is very inconvenient, time-consuming, and very costly in the long run. Cured-In-Place-Pipe (CIPP) lining, on the other hand, has become an increasingly logical alternative, resulting in more and more by people choosing this method to fix pipes damaged by tree root invasion as quickly and as efficiently as possible.
What is CIPP?
CIPP is a pipe relining technology that is used to repair or completely replace old, worn-out, or structurally damaged pipelines. A new lining within the host pipeline is installed without the usual disruptive digging. The most efficient method employed for CIPP is the Inversion Method.
How is the Inversion Method of CIPP done?
The method of installation of the liner is turned inside-out using either a column of water or pressurized air. The liner then runs its way to the length of the host pipe along with the resin that will make up the new interior pipe.
Outlined below is the step by step process undertaken with the Inversion Method of CIPP:
1. Using hydro jetting (high pressure water blasting), the sewer pipeline is cleared of the roots, as well as the usual debris discharged from the residence such as fats, oil, grease, grit, and the like.
2. A video inspection is done to determine the extent of the damage and the length of the pipe lining to be introduced in the premises.
3. A special fabric tube or saturated felt tube, made of polyester or other materials suitable for resin impregnation, is pulled into the broken pipe. Epoxy resins are mixed to saturate this fabric tube. The tube is then inflated with air until the resins harden.
4. To cure the resin and form a seamless and tight-fitting replacement pipeline, hot water or steam is utilised. Depending on the pipe diameter, length and curing system, the process will take at least 2-4 hours.
5. To ensure quality and integrity of the new inner pipeline, a post-video inspection is conducted.
Why pipe-relining is the best solution
Looking at the process of pipe relining, the method is exacting as it does away with the uncertainties of doing excavations, or the trial-and-error of your usual band-aid unclogging solutions.
Cure-in-Place Pipe relining technology is therefore:
1. A less disruptive method
2. More convenient
3. Less time-consuming, and
4. More cost-effective
Its hardware component is a load-bearing pipe similar to those located under roads, railways and building footers. The pipe relining becomes your stand-alone pipe, should the host pipeline eventually disintegrate through the usual wear and tear or pre-existing structural defects. In fact, it is already your pipe replacement without necessarily going through the process of installing new pipes. It is warranted to be functional for up to 50 years or more. It is one of those one-time investments that leaves you worry-free for the rest of your lifetime.
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