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What Is the Newest Sewer Lining Technology?

In Sewer Lining by Thistle Plumbing

The newest sewer lining technology is a modern process that makes use of tools and equipment powered by electricity and technology to allow plumbing service providers like Thistle Plumbing & Hydro Jetting to conduct repairs, replacements, inspections, and cleaning without the need for intrusive digging. There may be instances where a small digging has to happen but nothing more than the traditional methods that excavate the whole backyard or lawn of a customer’s property.

The good thing about this newest sewer lining technology is that they have different methods and tools that allows for the successful completion of a project from simple sewer inspection to complex pipe replacements. They are called:

Pipe Bursting

Although this is not a sewer lining technology, it is an important method for when all lining methods fail. This method is used to completely replace a pipe that is either totally damaged or broken. In order to perform the works, the operator will have to dig a small opening called an entry or entrance to the pipe and then an exit at the end of the pipe.

The next step after the entry and exit points are dug is for the operator to insert a think cable into the pipe through the entry point. At the end of this cable, a spearhead-like metal is attached. It is called a bursting tool. This bursting tool is powered up to burst the old and broken pipe.

While the bursting tool breaks the old pipe on its path, it pulls with it a new pipe (usually PVC or HDPE) attached to its other end, replacing the old pipe as the machine goes through the pipe tunnel. The process is completed once the cable exits the tunnel, assisted by another operator.

Remember to only use this method when drain cleaning or sewer lining cannot fix the problem.

Cured in Place Pipe (CIPP)

The Cured-In-Place-Pipe, or CIPP, is a method used to conveniently and productively repair parts of a pipe that has not been totally damaged. The CIPP method is used to either strengthen the existing pipe or to fill the gaps left by small breaks due to aging, root intrusions, or small damages that were possibly caused by chemicals flushed down the drains.

Before CIPP is performed, the pipe has to be cleaned first through a method called ‘hydro jetting’. Hydro jetting uses high water pressure to break debris and other particles that may have built over time inside the pipe. This is also one way of removing clogs in the pipe, making the air and water flow better.

Once cleaning is completed, a smooth PVC-infused liner is inserted into the pipe, filling all voids and sealing cracks with ease. To use this method, though, you need to first determine whether or not your pipe can withstand heat from the liner. This is because CIPP uses hot steam to cure-in the sealer to the existing pipe.

Pull in Place Lining

This technology is similar to the last one but instead of using a PVC-infused liner, this method uses fiberglass and resin. The process works the same—operators need to dig a small opening, one on each end of the pipe. The other end is the entry point where an operator is stationed and then the other end is the exit point, also manned by another operator.

Using a wrench, the fiberglass and resin liner is pulled in place and left to cure. The liner will fill gaps and holes in the pipe, making the pipe usable as before it got damaged.

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