Are you looking for a way to rehabilitate your plumbing pipes without damaging the surrounding infrastructure? With a traditional pipe replacement, plumbers must remove sections of drywall, masonry, or even the ground to reach your plumbing pipes, remove them, and install new pipes. With Cured-in-Place (CIPP) pipe technology, nothing needs to be removed in order to restore your plumbing pipes. This makes the process of rehabilitating your plumbing pipes cleaner, less costly, and less time-consuming. Let’s take a look at how CIPP technology can improve the water flow in your Chicago building while minimizing disruptions.
Introduction to CIPP (Cured-In-Place Pipe) Technology
Imagine not having to create large trenches on your property or dig through concrete surfaces when replacing your sewer line. It is possible with CIPP. CIPP technology has the ability to fix leaks, cracks, and corrosion in drain and sewer lines without harming the surrounding components of your Chicago building or property. In fact, it’s because of its non-destructive nature and environmental friendliness that municipalities, modern building owners, and even historic building owners are increasingly turning to CIPP when they need to restore their plumbing systems.
The Science Behind CIPP
CIPP involves the use of a felt or fiberglass liner and a two-part epoxy. The two-part epoxy consists of the base epoxy and a curing agent. The liner is then prepared and soaked in the epoxy. An air bladder is then inserted into the felt tube, and the tube is threaded through the existing pipe. Once the epoxy-soaked felt tube is in place, the air bladder is inflated. This presses the felt tube against the existing pipe walls. The liner and air bladder are then left to cure in place. It typically takes between 12 and 24 hours for the liner to cure. Once the liner has fully cured, it is as hard and durable as a new plumbing pipe.
Benefits of CIPP Liners
Cured-in-place pipe liners offer many benefits over traditional pipe replacement. You’ll be able to enjoy improved water flow, better structural integrity of the pipe, and enhanced longevity and durability.
1. Improved Water Flow Through Your Plumbing Pipes
If you’re having problems with water flow in your Chicago building, epoxy pipelining can help. Traditional pipes can develop a build-up of minerals over time. This is called corrosion, and it occurs when the material of the plumbing pipe interacts with the water. This build-up causes the internal surface of the pipe to become uneven and bumpy. It can even reduce the internal diameter of the pipe. Once this happens, the water flowing through the pipe encounters a lot of friction, which can reduce the water flow.
By contrast, epoxy pipeliners don’t develop corrosion, and the surface is extremely smooth. This means that the water flowing through the pipe doesn’t encounter excess friction that could reduce the flow of water. This is imperative in drain pipes and sewer pipes since they can contain solids. Once the water flow slows, these solids may impact the sides of the pipe and become stuck. Additionally, uneven surfaces in your pipes can attract debris, and when enough of that debris has stopped inside the pipe, it creates a clog. Lined pipes don’t encounter these issues.
2. Enhanced Structural Integrity
CIPP liners are structurally sound. In fact, in some ways, they’re more durable than new plumbing pipes. This is because the liner doesn’t have any seams or joints where roots could dig their way through the pipe to restrict water flow and create a clog. This has to do with how the liner is cut. For each run of pipe, the liner is cut to the precise length of the pipe. This eliminates seams and joints. You’re liner also won’t develop cracks or leaks. This is because the liner does not deteriorate over time like a traditional plumbing pipe.
3. Minimizing Disruptions to Your Chicago Residents and Staff
Choosing CIPP technology over traditional pipe replacement means that you’re minimizing disruptions to your employees, residents, and visitors. This is because CIPP technology doesn’t require digging through your landscaping, drywall, ceiling, or floors. Instead, the equipment is hooked to existing cleanout access points, or an access point is created and a door is installed. This means that there’s no mess and minimal disruptions to everyone who enters and uses your building.
4. Reduced Cost and Improved Time Efficiency
CIPP pipeliners cost less and take less time to install than traditional pipe replacements. This is because traditional pipe replacements involve removing the existing pipes. If the pipes are buried underground or inside walls, it takes time and effort to remove the items that are covering the existing pipes. Then, those pipes must be cut out of the system and new pipes must be put in their place. Once the repiping job is complete, you’ll still have to hire other contractors to repair the holes left behind. This can add significant costs and time to your pipe replacement project.
By contrast, having CIPP liners installed doesn’t require as much labor or time. In fact, most pipelining jobs can be completed in just a day or two, and once the pipes have been lined, there are no additional costs to your facilities. There’s no need to hire landscapers, drywallers, or masons.
5. Environmentally Friendly Piping Solution
If you’re worried about the environmental impact of CIPP lining, you don’t need to be concerned. When you traditionally replace your pipes with new pipes, the material for those new pipes has to be mined. Those materials must be transported to the factory. The pipes have to be made, and then those new pipes must be transported to the hardware store. Needless to say, it takes more gas and fuel to transport those pipes to the worksite. Then, your existing pipes must be removed and taken to a landfill.
By contrast, CIPP lining requires less fuel, and they don’t result in a lot of landfill waste. This is because your existing pipes are left in place. When CIPP liners are installed, your existing pipes become the host pipes for the liner. There’s also no need to manufacture new pipes for your building, which means CIPP liners don’t require using more of our planet’s natural resources.
6. Improved Longevity and Durability
CIPP-lined pipes are rated to last between 35 and 50 years, which is comparable to new plumbing pipes. At NuFlow, we offer a 10-year guarantee, and in accelerated laboratory testing, CIPP-lined pipes have shown the ability to last as long as 80 years. In addition to their longevity, they’re also durable and low-maintenance. This is because they’re not susceptible to corrosion or root infiltration, and their smooth surfaces make it less likely for clogs to form.
When it comes to choosing a low-maintenance, durable, and environmentally friendly pipe solution that doesn’t inconvenience your residents and employees, CIPP technology is the right choice. When you choose cured-in-place pipe liners, you aren’t contributing to landfill waste. You aren’t using up valuable natural resources, and you aren’t responsible for paying additional contractors to clean up the mess left behind by the plumbing work. At NuFlow, the price you receive for lining your pipes is the total price with no hidden fees.
If you’d like to learn more about CIPP lining and how it can improve the reliability and longevity of your existing pipes, contact us.