Epoxy pipe lining can be used to stop leaks in all types of drains, including potable water lines, sewer lines, and drain lines. Recently, we had a homeowner call us about a leaky roof drain in a residential home in Highland Park. She told our technician that every time it rained, she noticed water spots on the wall that encased the drain. She wondered if we could apply our residential pipe lining technology to her water leak problem. Needing more information on the condition of her pipe, we agreed to send a licensed plumber from the partner company, Althoff Industries, out to perform a camera inspection.
Roof Drain Camera Inspection and Assessment
On the scheduled appointment date our plumber arrived to perform the camera inspection. The goal was to look for damage to the pipe and any cracks that would indicate the pipe was leaking. He threaded a small camera down her Highland Park home’s 3-inch roof drain. As the camera started
relaying the images, our plumber found some corrosion, leaves, dust and scaly buildup. What he didn’t see was evidence of a water leak or any cracks that would indicate water was escaping the pipe.
Explaining the Findings
Once our plumber was finished with the camera inspection, he located the homeowner and explained that he did not see any cracks in her roof drain line. During the conversation, the woman stated that she had completed a repair on the pipe and replaced the plaster once before, and unfortunately, the problem had returned. She wanted a permanent solution to her water problem before she replaced the plaster a second time.
Our plumber empathized with the situation. Water leaks are incredibly dangerous. They can lead to the development of mold and mildew and cause damage to drywall and other structures of the home. This homeowner was experiencing one of the most common problems with a water leak, which was water spots on the wall.
After some deliberation, our plumber explained that we could clean the drain line and install an epoxy liner, but since he couldn’t positively identify any cracks, we weren’t entirely sure that the drain line was the problem. After understanding the pros and cons of the epoxy pipe lining system, the homeowner agreed to the installation.
Roof Drain Repair with an Epoxy Liner
The first step in the epoxy pipe lining process involves scraping all the corrosion and debris off the interior walls of the pipe and removing them. Once we completed this process, our plumber decided to perform another camera inspection. This inspection would ensure that the pipe was completely clean and reveal any hidden cracks.
As our plumber visually checked the pipe with the camera, he saw the cleaned pipe walls. As he continued to thread the camera through the pipe, he saw a crack that was several inches long running down the side of the pipe. During the previous camera inspection, the crack was hidden by dirt and corrosion. Cleaning the pipe revealed the crack. Our plumber now knew that installing a pipe liner would be the correct roof drain repair.
Repairing the Residential Pipe with an Epoxy Liner
Our plumber finished cleaning and preparing the pipe. Then, he installed the epoxy pipe liner, which coated the inside walls of the pipe and sealed the crack. Once finished, he performed a third camera inspection to ensure the liner was properly positioned and had thoroughly coated the entirety of the pipe. The camera inspection revealed that the liner had correctly coated the inside of the pipe and sealed the crack. The homeowner was now free to have her plaster replaced without fear of experiencing another roof drain leak.
Exploring Your Residential Plumbing Leak Problems with Nu Flow
If you are experiencing leaks from your drain lines or water supply lines, give us a call today at 815-790-9000. We would be happy to send a technician out to perform a plumbing pipe inspection and recommend various repair options, including installing epoxy pipe liners.