Sometimes when we visit our clients, the initial problem looks like their plumbing is just blocked or clogged. But looking closely, sediment buildup and constant wear from the blockage means their pipes might even be damaged or broken. And while this is an easy fix for pipes within the house, what happens if we need to get to underground pipes? And how are we going to replace your pipes without digging up your whole backyard? A pipe reline may be the answer you need.
For example, here’s a pipe relining we completed over the weekend:
Dealing With A Complex Pipe Reline
On the weekend, we attended a property after hours as their chosen emergency plumber. The issue? Their drain was completely backed up and sewage was overflowing outside from the relief gully. Firstly, we started by using our high-pressure water jet machine to clear the drain. Secondly, we checked the drain line to find the cause of the blockage. To do this we used a CCTV camera and came across this badly broken section of the drain.
Sometimes drain blockages can cause further damage to the pipes. When this happens, it’s likely that you’ll need your pipes replaced. Alternatively, we complete a pipe reline instead. Most importantly, a pipe reline doesn’t require any excavation to repair your pipes. For instance, this particular job here only required grinding out the invert (the bottom of the PVC pipe). This then allowed us to push the reline bladder into position. You can see there is a major break in the section of the drain and we completed this particular one flawlessly.
As you can see in the video, we pushed the camera downstream to the broken section of the pipe and also upstream to the broken section of the pipe. You can visibly see how badly broken the drain is. This section of the drain was located underneath the concrete driveway and roughly 3 m deep. As a result, with a pipe reline we didn’t have to excavate or cut concrete or create any mess.
Finally, after the grinding out of the invert of the pipe, we were able to push the reline bladder into position and permanently repair the pipe.
We have recently added pipe relining to one of the products and services that we offer. We find a pipe reline to be a cost-effective solution to permanently fix your drain. Plus it doesn’t require any trench digging to get to the pipes. Feel free to get in touch if you think you might have damaged pipes. We can always provide a solution to suit your budget.
What is A Pipe Reline?
You might be wondering what a pipe reline is, even after watching us complete that job. A pipe reline is also known as a reline patch, pipe patching, pipelining, trenchless pipe repair, no dig drain repair, no dig pipe repair and inversion lining.
Above all, relining is a great way of repairing your drain line with minimal disruptions to your property. We are able to repair a broken or damaged section of the drain line without having to dig or excavate at your premises. We can even repair drains underneath concrete, footings and driveways without having to cut concrete or do any major excavation works.
Pipe relining is a process where we are able to line the internal section of the drain permanently repairing the drain. Essentially, it is putting a sleeve inside the drain pipe.
A reline patch can be as small as 60 cm and can go as far as 20 plus metres down the drain. The diameter of the pipe can vary from your small domestic 40mm pipe all the way up to your larger size of 600mm.
The benefits of relining
- No digging
- Your pipes will be repaired without digging them up
- Peace of Mind
- The structural warranty can be up to 50 years
- Faster repairs
- Minimal disruption to the use of your drain
- Saves you money
- Labour hire and major excavation works can be costly. If the drain line is under concrete or footing additional costs are added with rectification works once the drain has been dug up and repaired. This is all avoided with relining.
- Increased flow capacity
- The internal surface of a reline is smooth and allows waste to flow down effortlessly. If you have cast iron pipe there may be rough edges with potential snag points which can create blockages.
- Prevents roots from growing back into drains
- Your reline patch seals off the drain line preventing roots from growing back into the drain line
In summary, a pipe relinine is a perfect way to ensure your pipes are in their best condition, without the hassle of excavation.