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Is Pipe Relining Worth it?

Is Pipe Relining the right long term solution for blocked drains?

Blocked drains are a major nuisance on their own, yet sometimes removing the blockage is just the start. If the pipes are damaged and a long term fix is needed, you might need pipe relining.

Previously the only way to truly fix pipes was a full replacement which is not simple when they are buried a metre or so underground.

The ability to reline pipes presents a non-invasive solution, however. Your local plumber can provide a sure fire solution with ease. There is no need to excavate or dig up the petunias.

Despite becoming the preferred solution for top plumbers, the average Aussie probably knows very little about pipe relining.

If you are unfamiliar with the task, but most likely need is done, Jim’s Plumbing has the answers you want.

How Does Pipe Relining Work?

Before arriving at the solution that is pipe relining, you should know when you might actually need it.

Not all drain blockages will lead to pipe relining. However, if tree roots have managed to force their way in or there are some nasty cracks and holes, reinforcement will be needed. Crucially, the structural integrity of the pipe needs to still be in place for the lining to have a chance at helping.

Stormwater and sewer pipes are always in a hard to reach location. They are buried fairly deep underground and could be covered by garden beds, pathways or concrete.

Thankfully pipe relining skips past the obstacles.

The job involves inserting a resin-covered tube into the damaged pipe. A machine helps it shift into place, kind of like a snake squeezing through a tunnel.

Once everything is in position an internal bladder is inflated so the lining presses right up against the inner wall. An incredibly strong epoxy adhesive sticks everything together.

Then you wait. Depending on the conditions the curing process can take between 2-8 hours. The time allows for the tube to bond tightly, forming a watertight seal.

And regardless if it is sewer or stormwater pipe relining, the versatility of lining on offer means it is the perfect answer.

How Long Does Pipe Lining Last?

When it comes to long term solutions you honestly cannot beat brand new pipe relining.

The sturdiness of the lining and epoxy resin lasts anywhere between 20-50 years, which could well be your lifetime at the house.

There are external factors which will certainly impact longevity, such as ground movement or tree roots, but there are very few reasons to truly worry.

What are the Relining Pipe Costs?

How much does pipe relining cost? It is easily the hottest question thrown at plumbers purely because no one wants to see their savings burnt up for nothing.

And rightly so.

The brilliant thing is that relining pipes is a cost effective and time efficient task. There is no need to pay for excavation hire or longer hours of manual labour.

Instead, an experienced plumber will be able to achieve the job in a manner which barely disrupts your day.

They can even provide a solution in all conditions. Drainage excavation could be delayed due to heavy rains, while stormwater pipe relining can happen any day of the week, rain, hail or shine.

At worst the cold will just slow down how long it takes for the adhesive to cure.

Pipe Reline v Drainage Excavation

While it has been mentioned about how drainage excavation is more costly, sometimes it is needed. There is only so much a plumber can do when they reline a pipe. Structural integrity must be maintained.

A serious blockage or tree root invasion could cause enough damage to the pipes they break down fully. Or a section of the pipework may have collapsed under the weight of the soil above. In cases like this, you will need trenches dug and full pipe replacement.

If this is the case you do not have to worry. An experienced plumber will assess the entire situation before any job begins so you go through a stress free experience.

Jim’s Plumbing can provide the services for you. Across Australia, our local plumbers are experienced in stormwater pipe relining and sewer pipe relining.

With over 15 years’ experience, we can provide relining and drainage excavation solutions which will ensure there are no recurring blockages in your pipes.

For plumbing experts who care about what the customer needs, call Jim’s Plumbing.

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