Is CIPP Right for Your Business?

A leaking pipe is a frustration at best, and a hazard to health and safety at worst. These issues are compounded in industrial businesses. This is because dangerous chemicals often run through the pipes. Moreover, leaking water or sewage could corrode the foundation of storage units or heavy machinery. Thankfully, CIPP offers many advantages for businesses of all kinds, including industrial, but how can you be sure it’s the right choice for your business?

What Kind of Pipes Need Repair?

This is a tricky question, because it’s entirely possible, especially if an industrial complex is occupied by a second business, that the owners don’t know what types of pipes run under the business. This is especially true of gray water and sewage pipes, which don’t always play a part in manufacturing. These pipes see less scrutiny than lines that must run industrial materials essential for manufacturing or production.

CIPP works for a huge range of pipe types and materials. With very few exceptions, the condition of your pipes will determine whether or not CIPP will solve your problem. Although it can work on lots of pipes with lots of contents, CIPP requires a relatively intact pipe. Minor and moderate corrosion aren’t an issue, but if your pipes are crumbling, you will have to pursue another solution.

Is Vibration or Dirt a Problem?

CIPP’s key advantage is its trenchless technology. While traditional solutions require technicians to physically dig up, rip out, and replace damaged pipes, CIPP uses the hollow of the original pipe as its primary work space. CIPP technicians only need an access point in order to work upstream inside the pipe.

Most industrial complexes require some degree of sanitation, and open trenches paired with heavy machinery are not ideal for cleanliness. Clumps of mud stick to shoes easily, and your janitorial staff will face a greater burden at the very least. Regular pipe repair and replacement can even interfere with industrial machinery. The vibrations caused by digging, drilling, and moving heavy equipment can upset the delicate balance of precision instruments.

Are You on a Budget?

CIPP is a cleaner option than traditional pipe replacement, but it’s also often cheaper. Although CIPP uses advanced techniques, they are typically more cost efficient than the cost of bulldozers and the labor hours required to safely dig a trench. If your industry has better things to spend money on than emergency maintenance, CIPP can ensure you spend as little as possible.

Deciding whether or not CIPP is right for your business depends on your pipes, your needs, and your budget. Although CIPP works for nearly all kinds of pipe with just about any contents, structure and stability is an issue. However, CIPP offers more advantages than restrictions. It’s by far the cleanest pipe repair option, and it’s unlikely to interfere with your business or equipment during work hours. The fact that it’s cheaper than many traditional pipe repair options increases the chances that it’s the right solution for your business. The only way to tell for sure, however, is to schedule an inspection.

Mike Hall