Understanding the Drain Repair Process

Rather than replacing pipes or doing a drain repair, a new solution is to clean the inside and reline them so they are sealed inside and do not allow liquids or other materials to exit the pipe. The first step in relining a pipe is to send a camera through to inspect its condition and identify potential leaks. Once we complete that process, the pipe needs to be cleaned of any materials that have built up in the pipe over time.

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Cleaning the inside of the pipe occurs using a tool that rotates chains at high speeds.

Once the pipe is clean, the lining process can begin. The lining process uses a felt sleeve from which air bubbles are removed before being filled with epoxy resin. The felt and resin sleeve is then forced through the pipe using compressed air. This forces the epoxy resin against the pipe’s inside wall, sealing cracks and improving the barrier. After several hours of curing, the pipe is ready for use and works should function as good as new for up to 50 years.

The relining process can be completed in one day compared to several days for a drain repair and pipe replacement. The relining process also uses only a two-person crew, so labor costs are minimized, further helping the cost competitive of relining.

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