Would you like to save money on your plumbing? Are there really that many ways you can cut plumbing costs? In general, not really. Aside from maintaining your system, there are few ways you can cut plumbing costs. But one of those few ways is to opt for sewer drain repairs using Cured-in-Place Pipe, commonly referred to as CIPP; doing so can cut plumber costs in half.
What Is Cured-in-Place Pipe (CIPP)?
CIPP is a form a pipe rehabilitation that is minimally invasive; this means that it can repair pipes without needing to dig trenches or rip the existing pipes out. This technology has been available in the United States for almost four decades, but it took a while for it to become popular. It is used to fix cracked, broken, and otherwise compromised sanitary and sewer pipes and can be used on many materials, including clay, cast iron, PVC, concrete, corrugated metal, and more. As such, it can be used in almost any home or business. CIPP uses liners that are made from several, tubular-shaped layers of polyester felt that is coated in polyurethane shell. To get these liners ready for the repair, they must go through a wet-out process. What is the wet-out process? It is when the plumber or plumbing team inserts catalyzed thermosetting resin into the lining, coating the felt. This adds strength while retaining flexibility until dried. Once the wet-out is complete, the liner is placed in a refrigerated truck and taken to the home or business where the repair is being completed. The most common way to place the liner inside the pipe is through inversion, using air or water to force in into place. Once the plumber or plumbing team has it in the desired location, it is inflated using forced air or water; this presses the liner into the pipe wall, ensuring that it takes the proper shape. The next step is using steam or hot water to cure the resin, ensuring the liner stays open and adheres to the pipe wall. Finally, the plumber or plumbing team will initiate a slow cooling process that ensures the lining does not contract, which would cause problems for the performance of the pipe. And just like that, the CIPP process is complete.
What Are the Benefits of CIPP?
The biggest benefit is right in the title: CIPP saves you money. It used to be that repairing cracked, broken, and otherwise compromised drainage pipes meant digging trenches, breaking concrete, and pulling out the pipes before replacing them. It was an expensive process, from the machines to the labor to the parts needed. Comparatively, CIPP is half the price or less. But in addition to the cost, the old way of doing things was highly disruptive. The process would take days, even weeks to complete. During that time, the building would be uninhabitable, forcing businesses to close and families to find somewhere else to stay. And when looking at the money aspect, this only adds to the cost.
CIPP with Orange Coast Plumbing
Here at Orange Coast Plumbing, we always take the most conservative approach possible, saving you money, time, and inconvenience. We are experts at CIPP and are more than happy to fix your drains using this innovative method. Give us a call to schedule a consultation.