How the Epoxy Pipe Process is Applied to Vent Stacks, Indoor Pipes, Roof Drains, & Sewer Lines
At Snowbridge Inc. in Breckenridge near Denver Colorado, we have years of guaranteed expertise in every aspect of trenchless pipe repair services in Colorado. This technology allows us to minimize or eliminate digging and damage to your home or business when we complete repairs. One staple of these repairs is cured-in-place pipe (CIPP) lining. This process involves the insertion of an epoxy-soaked lining into your pre-existing pipeline which hardens into a seamless, new pipe. In this way we create a high-quality, long-lasting repair without the need to completely remove damaged or deteriorating pipes.
CIPP is quicker and easier than traditional trench-dependent repairs. Depending on the location and extent of damage, pipe lining can often be completed in a matter of hours, rather than the weeks traditional repairs can take.
The Pipeline, Drain & Sewer Line Inspection & Cleaning Process
Prior to any repair, our team performs a closed-circuit television (CCTV) inspection of your pipeline. We insert a waterproof sewer camera through the drain with a specialized, flexible rod. The camera feeds back real-time video to a monitor where a Snowbridge technician can examine every inch of your pipeline without ever needing to access the pipes directly. This inspection gives us the ability to determine the exact location, type, and extent of the damage as well as the condition, material, and diameter of your pipeline. We are then amply prepared for the next step: a thorough cleaning of your pipe.
You may be curious why we insist on cleaning a deteriorating pipeline that will subsequently be patched with an epoxy lining. The simple answer is longevity. In order for the lining to fill every gap and successfully adhere to the existing pipe walls, the pipe must be thoroughly cleaned and dried. Even beyond that, the life of any undamaged pipe will be greatly extended by the removal of corrosive materials and built up biomatter. The repair itself will last for many years as long as there is nothing remaining between the new and the old to catalyze future deterioration.
At Snowbridge Inc., we complete this cleaning with hydro jetting. Having determined the diameter and level of fragility of your pipes, we make the appropriate adjustments and then insert a hose with a specialized, multi-directional nozzle to pressure clean the line. The only substance used is pure water, which is jetted from the nozzle at high pressures to remove all greasy buildup, mineral deposits, and even infiltrating tree roots. Once the pipes have dried, they are ready to be relined.
Epoxy Pipe Lining In Indoor Pipe & Sewer Pipes
CIPP uses a flattened, fiber tube, measured and tailored to snuggly fit inside the inner diameter of the existing pipe and match the length of the damage. This tube is soaked in an epoxy-resin, a liquid substance which reacts with a curing agent to harden into a dense, waterproof solid once heat is applied. The flexible material is inserted into the damaged pipeline through one to two openings, so there is no need to create a long trench to fix leaks or reline old pipes.
Pressurized air inflates the epoxy lining, which adheres to the pipe walls and fills in cracks, joints, and small to moderately sized breaks. The edges of the liner are sealed with compressible material or transition liners, completing the repair and creating a new continuous pipe within the old. Heat or steam is applied to cure the epoxy and the entire process is complete in a matter of hours. Finally, our technicians complete another inspection of the pipeline to ensure the quality of the solution and reassure the client if there are any final questions.
Pipes & Drains That Can Be Fixed With CIPP Lining
Epoxy lining can be used on the most commonly damaged pipes in your home or business:
- Vent stacks and roof drains
- Indoor water lines
- Indoor drains
- Sewer lines
CIPP is particularly effective for long pipelines with multiple areas of damage or weakness. It is therefore popular solution to sewer line damage and is extensively used in basic commercial or public repairs of this sort. It is also perfectly safe and leaves no chemical residue, making it ideal for indoor clean water lines as well as sewer lines.
Epoxy lining should be considered in pipes that are designed to collect waste, such as sewer lines, drains, and vent stacks. These are all highly susceptible to deterioration since they are constantly in contact with biological, chemical, and mineral materials that induce corrosion. To limit the potential damage, home and business owners should order regular cleanings of these high-risk areas.
Fixing Water Pipes of Variable Diameters and Materials
CIPP lining is effective for lines of almost any material or shape. This includes pipes of terracotta, clay, cast iron, PVC, and more. The nontoxic relining solution is highly useful for older metal pipes and lines with lead joints that have begun to corrode and leach chemicals into the waterline.
The flexible fiber of the epoxy liner makes it extremely versatile and therefore ideal for most pipeline shapes, regardless of irregularities or the type of damage. Liners are cut to the appropriate length after the sewer camera inspection and different styles exist depending on the diameter and other qualities such as:
- Multiple bends in the line
- Offset or misaligned joints
- Irregular or non-circular pipes
- Lines that change in diameter
It is important to note that the effectiveness and cost of a job may change depending on these variables. CIPP lining is effective in pipes with diameters from 4 inches to 120 inches. Since CIPP liners can be installed in pipes as small as 4 inches, this makes it a nearly universal solution for resolving various pipeline problems. For commercial or city pipes with exceptionally large diameters, it is important to note that extra equipment can be required to pressurize and inflate the lining, ensuring that the entirety of the pipe is properly sealed.
The average homeowner will not need to worry about these exceptional concerns. Rest assured that once our expert staff has examined your pipeline, we will be able to advise you if any of these irregularities apply. Our engineers are trained to tackle any challenge and will always be upfront with you if unexpected problems occur.
The Benefits Of Fixing Water Main Lines & Roof Drains With Epoxy Pipe Lining
Epoxy pipe lining is a green technology that also reduces the cost and potential damage of most pipeline repairs. The final product is a seamless, hardened, structurally sound pipeline that has been shown to last up to 50 years. The seamless product increases water flow and eliminates potential waste from joint leaks, improving your home’s water pressure and reducing your bill. It can also be used in commercial and industrial repairs to the same end.
Call Snowbridge Inc. For Reliable & Eco-Friendly Cured-In-Place Pipe Lining
To learn more about CIPP lining and order a pipe inspection to determine if it is the best solution for you, contact your local branch of Snowbridge, Inc. for reliable, professional services in Colorado.