How to Prepare Your Pipes for Relining
Are your old pipes falling apart? Pipe relining is a new technology that is fast becoming the way to go when repairing pipes. It is non-invasive and non-destructive, with the added benefits of being quick and easy to do. Using a pipe liner isn’t a simple process, though. You need to prepare your pipes for the relining, both before and during the project. Here’s a quick guide on how and what to do to make your pipes ready to be relined.
What to do Before the Project Begins
Even before you have thought about relining your pipes, you have some tasks to complete. These may not be physically visible during the pipe relining project, but they are important all the same. First, you should hire a professional to do a complete evaluation of your pipes to make sure that they are a viable material and location for relining. You also have to get all the materials you will need for the project, including liner, cables, water pumps, and more. You are best off speaking to a professional relining or plumbing company for this.
One other thing people forget is that even though relining is trenchless it can still be a minor inconvenience to people on the street. For example, you still need to figure out alternative parking, ways to prevent damage to nearby homes, gardens, and driveways, and more. You also have to get permission from the local council, whether the city or the state, before you go ahead with relining your pipes.
Getting Ready for the Relining Process
On the day or the day before your pipe relining project begins, you have some additional steps to take. These physically prepare your pipes for the new liner. It is important you do these properly before you start the project. A pipe that hasn’t been properly prepared will not hold the resin for nearly as long, completely negating the whole point of relining your pipes instead of replacing them.
The first step is to thoroughly clean your pipes out. This can be done in many ways. Most companies use high-pressure water cleaning, or cable machines to properly clean out all debris that is either stuck to the walls of the pipe or inside the pipeline itself. Ensure that the cleaning has been carried out properly by digitally recording the inside of the pipe. Use the services of a professional consultant to make sure that there is nothing to hinder the relining.
You should not attempt to recheck measurements on your own, especially if you don’t know what you are doing. The resin type and volume used in the pipe relining project depends on the size and material your pipe is made of. A professional will confirm the measurements they take throughout the length of pipe that is being relined, and will then use these results to prepare the right concentration of resin to repair your pipe smoothly and effectively.
Always Use Professional Services
Pipe relining is one of a number of new trenchless technologies that aren’t nearly as disruptive as traditional methods of pipe repair. However, the fact that these methods aren’t disruptive doesn’t mean that they can be attempted on your own if you don’t have experience. The steps you can take to prepare your pipes for relining, including getting city permits, cleaning the pipes, checking your measurements, calculating resin concentrations, and more should all be done under the supervision of a professional with experience in the field. The last thing you need is for your pipes to start falling apart a few months after relining them! Make the right choice and prepare your pipes for relining properly.