Over the years, wastewater systems have used wood pipes made from hollowed-out logs, tarpaper, plastic PVC piping, and other options – all with their own sets of advantages and disadvantages. Today, CIPP has become one of the most popular options for rehabilitating and repairing wastewater systems. Below, we will go over what exactly CIPP is, why it works so well, and why you may want to consider using it in your construction or repair work. If fixing water leaks with little to no excavation sound great to you, then read on!
What Exactly Is CIPP?
CIPP stands for Cured-In-Place Pipe – and it is a technology that’s been in use for over 40 years.
When a pipe is damaged and leaking, a tube made of polyester, fiberglass cloth, or other materials is saturated with resin and then pulled or inserted into the damaged area.
This can be done from a manhole or excavation in the sewer system, using water or air pressure to direct it to the damaged section.
Once the CIPP is in place, UV light, steam, or hot water can be used to solidify and cure the resin, resulting in a repair that’s tight-fitting, corrosion resistant, and jointless. The repair can then be inspected using closed-circuit television or special electronic inspection equipment.
The biggest advantage of CIPP repairs is the fact that it usually requires little or no excavation, making it less invasive and disruptive than traditional “dig-and-replace” repair methods.
This is true for any sewer line that’s smaller than 60 inches in diameter – for pipes of that size, excavation is usually necessary. CIPP can even be installed in a curved section of piping, although special techniques and designs will have to be used to prevent stretching or wrinkling of the material.
Roots cannot penetrate a section of pipe that’s been repaired using CIPP, and calcification will never be a problem since deposits will not cling to the epoxy material of a CIPP pipe.
It can be used to repair practically any sewer pipe material, including architectural stone, tarpaper, asbestos-covered pipes, and PVC plastic wastewater lines. CIPP pipe liners can even be installed in vertical pipes as well as horizontal lines – all with no trenching and no excavation.
CIPP For Home Wastewater Problems
CIPP repairs aren’t just for municipal wastewater problems – they can be performed on home wastewater feeds as well.
It starts with a technician using a closed-circuit video camera and lights that are lowered into the pipe and connected to a tablet, so the technician can pin down the location and extent of the problem.
From there, the technician will dig two small holes on either side of the problem spot, then lower the CIPP sleeve into the hole and pull it through to the other hole.
The whole process can be done in a day’s time, with the two holes in the yard filled back up again for a minimum of disruption.
Best of all, it’s a cost-effective and permanent repair that will ensure your problem won’t keep coming back again and again. Why pay extra for a wastewater repair that leaves your yard a mess, when CIPP repairs are available?
Contact Insta-Pipe for sewer repairs in Tacoma, WA today!