Are you worried about corrosion in your plumbing pipes? Corrosion occurs due to a variety of factors, including acidic water, sitting water and extremely high water pressure. It is important to understand that corrosion most commonly occurs in metal pipes, including copper, galvanized steel, cast iron and brass. Lining metal plumbing pipes with epoxy coatings and liners can prevent future corrosion.
How Epoxy Pipe Lining and Epoxy Coating Products Stop Corrosion
When you have your existing metal plumbing pipes lined or coated with epoxy, you are essentially creating a barrier that prevents water from reaching the host pipe. The process of installing an epoxy pipe liner involves properly preparing the host pipe, which is your existing metal pipe, soaking the liner in an epoxy resin and inserting the liner into the pipe. Once the liner has cured, it becomes just as hard as a new pipe. When the water is restored to the plumbing lines, it flows through the liner and never comes in contact with the metal host pipe. This stops future corrosion.
Epoxy coatings do not involve the use of a liner. Instead, the epoxy resin is mixed and blown through the existing metal pipe. As it moves through the pipe, it coats the interior diameter, creating a barrier between the water and the host pipe. An epoxy coating does not restore or improve the structural integrity of the existing plumbing pipe, but it does seal pinhole leaks and small cracks.
Understanding When to Line Your Plumbing Pipes
If your current plumbing pipes are in good condition, and you have not seen an increase in the need to call a plumber for clogs, leaks and blowouts, you may not benefit from epoxy pipe lining. While installing an epoxy pipe liner does extend the useful life of your plumbing pipes, the expected lifespan is typically no longer than the lifespan of a new plumbing pipe. This means that if you have recently had your plumbing pipes replaced, you wouldn’t necessarily benefit from having liners installed unless you specifically wanted to stop potential chemical leaching from the new plumbing pipes and eliminate the potential for future corrosion.
The ideal time to install pipe liners is when your plumbing pipes are more than halfway through their expected useful lives, or you have seen an increase in your plumbing repairs bills, have low water pressure or have experienced more than one pipe blowout in the last 12 months. Metal plumbing pipes typically last between 20 and 75 years. Cast iron sewer lines can last more than 100 years.
Learn if Your Plumbing System Would Benefit from Epoxy Pipe Lining or an Epoxy Coating
Our pipe lining technicians in Chicago can inspect your current plumbing system to determine if you would benefit from epoxy pipe lining or an epoxy coating. We offer this service via our building pipe assessment, which involves sending a pan and tilt plumbing camera into your plumbing pipes to determine if there are any cracks, holes or leaks and the level of corrosion. If the camera inspection reveals excessive corrosion, pinhole leaks or cracks, we may recommend pipelining as a way to solve your plumbing problems. Our building pipe assessment service comes with an estimate for pipelining so that you can make an informed decision. If you decide to line your pipes, most jobs can be completed within two to three days, and our pipe restoration services are designed to last as long as 80 years. We guarantee our work for 10 years.