There are many benefits to having your pipes lined, especially if the plumbing pipes inside your multi-unit residential building in Chicago are experiencing an increase in pinhole leaks. Choosing to line your pipes is more affordable. It doesn’t require tearing out large sections of drywall and other finishes, and it’s faster than repiping your building. However, the pipe liner must be installed correctly to ensure maximum adhesion of the pipe liner to your existing pipes.
Proper Inspection and Assessment
Before the pipe lining process can even begin, your pipes must be properly inspected with a camera to ensure they are in good enough condition to line. If your pipes are extremely corroded, missing huge sections or have extremely thin walls, it would be better to replace those pipes rather than line them. If you choose to line pipes that would be better off replaced, the epoxy liner may not completely adhere, forcing you to replace the affected sections after you’ve already purchased pipe liners.
The Pipes Must Be Dry
Once the water is turned off to your potable water system, the pipes that are to be lined must be completely dried. This is accomplished by blowing heated air through the pipes that are to be lined. The hot air removes all the moisture in your pipes so that they can be successfully cleaned. Dirt, debris and corrosion that is wet is more difficult to remove.
Corrosion Must Be Completely Removed
Over time, the inside of your potable water pipes develop corrosion. If you have hard water, your pipes may also be filled with scale and other contaminants. Before your pipes can be lined, all the corrosion, rust, contaminants and debris must be removed from the inside of your plumbing pipes. This step is performed with a specially designed cleaning tool that contains various cutters and/or an abrading agent. The goal of this step is to clean the pipe down to the original metal. If all the debris is not removed, the pipe liner will attempt to adhere to the filth, which can result in a pipe surface that isn’t smooth, a reduced internal pipe diameter and a liner that separates from the walls of your plumbing pipes, resulting in blockages and the need to completely replace the pipe.
Ensuring Clean, Dry Pipes
After the filth has been removed, a second stream of heated air will be blown through your pipes. This is to remove any residual filth and completely ensure that your pipes are dry. Pipes that are wet or that have tiny bits of sand or filth in them will prevent the liner from properly adhering to the surface of your pipes cialis prodaja.
Preparing for Proper Adhesion
Once the pipes have been thoroughly prepared, the liner will be installed. However, the liner must be properly prepared before it is inserted into your plumbing pipes. Proper preparation includes applying the right amount of adhesive and scoring the outer side of the pipe to help it adhere. The scoring roughs up the outer edge to ensure proper adhesion. Applying the right amount of adhesive ensure that the curing process occurs as expected. Too much adhesive can cause the curing process to take longer than expected, and too little adhesive can result in sections of the liner not adhering properly, which creates bubbles and bulges.
Benefits of Epoxy Pipe Liners with Nu Flow
Epoxy pipe liners are designed to last up to 100 years when they are properly installed. They do not allow water to reach the metal of the pipe, which prevents future corrosion and leaks. It is also estimated that pipe relining can cost as much as 50 percent less than a traditional pipe replacement.
Here at Nu Flow, all of our pipe lining technicians are educated and trained in the pipe lining process, and we take great pride in restoring your pipes with epoxy liners so that you can enjoy fresh, clean water and a plumbing system that performs up to your expectations.
To learn more about our pipe lining process and to schedule an assessment of your building’s plumbing system, call us at 8156-790-9000.