If you’re considering epoxy pipelining in Chicago, you might be wondering if it requires any excavation. After all, having to dig out your old plumbing pipes takes time, increases labor costs, and usually requires hiring additional contractors to restore the excavated site to its prior condition. Let’s take a look at a few questions that many people have when it comes to choosing epoxy pipelining for their pipe rehabilitation projects.

What’s the process of lining my pipes with epoxy?

The epoxy pipelining process is fairly straightforward. The first step after we arrive on site involves setting up our equipment and performing a pipe diagnostic. Next, we connect our pipe cleaning equipment and clean the insides of your plumbing pipes down to the pipe walls. This part of the process can be performed with a gritty substance that’s blown through your pipes. It can be performed with specialized pipe cleaning equipment that uses either blades or chains to remove tough debris or a combination of these two methods can be used to ensure your plumbing pipes are clean. Your pipes must be thoroughly cleaned down to the pipe walls for the epoxy pipelining material to cure correctly.

After we’ve ensured that your pipes are clean down to the pipe walls, we’ll connect our pipelining equipment. The equipment we use is dependent on the type of pipe. For example, if we’re lining your potable water pipes, we have two methods. The first method involves blowing the epoxy through the potable water pipe, using compressed air. This method creates a seamless coating of epoxy because the viscous liquid rolls over itself as it moves through the pipe. The second method involves brushing the epoxy onto the interior of the pipe in layers, which can be even more precise.

If we’re lining your drain pipes, sewers, or another type of pipe that doesn’t come into contact with potable water. We’ll use a pipe liner that has been saturated with epoxy. This method requires mixing the two-part epoxy and preparing a felt or fiberglass liner. Then, we pour the epoxy into the liner and ensure that it is fully saturated. Once that step has been completed, we thread the epoxy-soaked liner through your plumbing pipe and inflate it with an air bladder.

The air bladder and liner are left in place while the epoxy cures. The curing process doesn’t typically take more than a day, and in some instances, it can be cured in just a few hours. Once the liner has cured, we remove the air bladder and inspect the liner with a camera to ensure that it is in place and completely cured. Once we finish that step, the pipe is returned to service.

Is epoxy pipelining trenchless?

Epoxy pipelining is trenchless pipelining. This means that we don’t need to dig large holes in your yard or through your walls to line your plumbing pipes. Instead, our team of pipelining technicians looks for existing access points. When existing access points are found, we use those to connect our equipment. If we can’t find an existing access point inside your building, we’ll create one. This typically involves cutting out a small section of drywall, creating the access point, and then installing a door. This method doesn’t leave any holes in your walls, and it gives you a new access point.

When we line the pipes in your yard, we follow the same steps. First, we look for existing access points and use those. However, sometimes, we can’t find existing access points where we need them. After all, we have to be able to access the beginning and end of the run of the pipe. In this case, we may need to dig two smaller holes and create access points so that we can successfully connect our equipment. Once the pipelining process is finished, we’ll fill in those smaller holes. This method is much less invasive than a traditional sewer pipe repair, where the plumbing company may dig a trench as long as the pipe.

What are the benefits of trenchless pipelining over traditional pipe repairs?

Trenchless pipelining offers many benefits over traditional pipe replacement. The biggest benefit is that it doesn’t leave large holes in your building or on your property. It’s also safe and durable. When epoxy coatings are used in potable water pipes, they can help reduce the amount of heavy metals and other substances that may leach into your water. This is because it prevents the water from touching the surface of the host pipe.

Epoxy pipeline is often cheaper than a pipe replacement when you consider all of the costs involved in replacing your plumbing pipes, and it’s flexible. Epoxy pipelining can be used on almost any type of pipe in almost any condition. For example, if you have a sewer pipe that’s severely cracked or even missing sections, it may still be a good candidate for epoxy pipelining. This is because the felt liner along with the epoxy creates a pipe within a pipe, effectively remedying the deformities in the host pipe. Of course, if we can’t line a small section of pipe due to it having extremely thin pipe walls, we can often replace that small section and then line the entire run of pipe. We can offer this service because we have master plumbers that we work with.

Lining your pipes with epoxy is environmentally friendly. This method of rehabilitating your plumbing pipes has a lower carbon footprint than if you were to get your pipes replaced. This is because there’s no need to mine new materials to create new pipes, and nothing gets taken to a landfill. Instead, your existing plumbing pipes remain in your walls and on your property as the host pipes for the epoxy liners and coatings.

Getting your pipes lined with epoxy is often faster than a traditional pipe replacement. Each run of pipe can be lined in as little as two to three days, and once we finish with one run of pipe, we can return it to service before moving on to the next run.

How long can I expect my newly lined pipes to last?

Pipes that have been lined with epoxy can be expected to last between 35 and 50 years. At NuFlow Midwest, we also guarantee our epoxy pipelining solutions and labor for ten years.

How long has NuFlow Midwest been lining pipes with epoxy?

Here at NuFlow Midwest, serving Chicago, we’ve been in business since 2012. That means that we’ve been serving the area for more than 10 years, and we take pride in our work. Our technicians are always honing their skills and learning about new innovative pipelining technologies. For example, we’ve recently started using Picote Brush Cast Epoxy. This technology is a game-changer when it comes to lining pipes. Instead of blowing the epoxy through your plumbing pipes, we can now brush it onto the interior surface of the pipe. This method involves brushing several layers of epoxy onto the interior surface of the pipe and then waiting for those layers to cure. It is in this way that we are constantly upgrading our skills along with the services we offer our clients.

Where can I find more information on epoxy pipelining in Chicago with NuFlow Midwest?

If you’d like more information on epoxy pipelining with NuFlow Midwest, serving Chicago and the greater Chicago area, you can check out the lining process at our NuFlow Midwest website. We also offer a wide array of articles, including the environmental benefits of epoxy pipelininghow to avoid Spring plumbing problems, and how epoxy pipelining can help fix leaks and cracks.

At NuFlow, we’re also available to answer your questions over the phone at 815-790-9000 or by email. We even offer building pipe assessments that can help give you an overview of the conditions of your plumbing pipes, whether or not epoxy pipelining would benefit you, and what the cost of epoxy pipelining would be for your Chicago building.