Drain Relining vs Drain Replacement - What are the Pros & Cons?
Trouble with the pipes at your place? Broken or blocked drains can be a real nuisance, causing a range of plumbing issues and can be unsafe to you and your family. However, there are different options to solve whatever the problem is, depending on the cause and extent of the issue.
In the past, blocked, cracked or collapsed pipes generally had to be replaced with new ones, which often resulted in damage to driveways, gardens and patio areas. Luckily, with great advances in this field and pipe relining technology, there is now a ‘no-dig’ system that can be used to reline your existing pipes.
How Drain Relining Works
To determine whether your damaged or blocked pipes are suitable for relining, specific professional equipment will be used to inspect the situation. CCTV drain inspection cameras are fed into the pipes to record what is causing the problem - damaged pipes may be due to one or more issues such as tree root infestation, cracks or blockages.
High-pressure water drain jetting equipment is then used to clear the drain of any debris and prepare it for relining if the pipes are in an adequate condition to do so.
Next the special drain liner is prepared by making up the exact length or configuration and a unique resin is applied to it. The liner is pulled through the existing pipe using different access points - either existing or created especially for the purpose. The liner is manipulated until it is correctly in place.
The liner is inflated using the correct method for the particular liner used and this is held in place until the liner cures.
The final step is to inspect and test the pipes to ensure they work well and are safe. CCTV camera vision is used again to show the finished liner’s smooth surface and function.
The Pros of Drain Pipe Relining
Pipe Relining Has Excellent Results
Relining pipes results in a stronger, smoother flowing drain so any future issues are unlikely as they will be even stronger than the original pipe. They are 100% leak-proof and tree roots have zero chance of invading the pipe if the lining is installed correctly.
The Process is Safe
Trenchless pipe relining is entirely safe as no digging means there is no risk of damage to any wiring or structures under the ground. Using the existing pipes doesn’t disturb anything on your property.
No Extra Costs for Restoration
Because it is a trenchless pipe relining process, there are no additional costs to the customer to repair driveways, paths or landscaping.
Small or Large Jobs
Any size job can be handled, from a small patch up or a short section of pipe to an entire sewer or stormwater drain. The process allows a practical solution, even in hard-to-access pipes on the property.
Pipe Relining is Quick
A faster process than replacing pipes, generally the entire process can occur within one day. Of course, this depends on the individual circumstances, but the time taken is very efficient and cost-effective.
Expert drain relining companies like The Drain Man offer pipe relining services to both residential and commercial properties and their work carries a lifetime warranty.
When is Pipe Replacement Necessary?
The only real downside to drain pipe relining is that it may not be possible. Significantly damaged pipes with large gaps in them can make them difficult to reline as the integrity of the pipe is poor.
So, unfortunately there are instances when pipes will need to be replaced rather than relined. While storm water and sewer pipes are durable, they don’t last forever and if you have a blocked sewer or significantly broken pipes, pipe repairs won’t be enough.
Pipes can get damaged over time and if you have large trees on your property then it’s possible the tree roots may have made their way into the pipes and if left to grow for long enough, can really damage the pipes beyond repair.
If blockages are too severe to clear or pipes are really badly broken, you will be advised to replace them. This involves excavation and a team of workers, and it can take a few days to complete the task. This method can be more expensive than drain relining and it’s likely that you’ll also be up for the cost of fixing your garden and paved areas.
Don’t let plumbing and pipe issues interrupt your life. Make the call to a reputable pipe relining service like The Drain Man and have your pipes assessed for relining. Knowing the job will be completed to the highest standard and with a lifetime warranty, you will have peace of mind for the years to come.
If you have any questions about pipeline inspections, drain clearing or pipe relining at your premises, contact our friendly team. We’ll be happy to help in any way we can.