Pipe lining is a no-dig repairing process used on pipes that have experienced cracking or other forms of wear-and-tear. It’s often necessary in the event of cracked, clogged, or leaking pipes, regardless of whether the sewer lines are residential or commercial.
It can be difficult to know if you need your pipes relined, as they’re underground and out of sight. However, there are still a few ways you can tell if your pipes are in need of repair. Here are a few things you may want to keep an eye out for if you think your pipes might need relining.
Change in water quality
Any change in water quality is the first sign that your pipes need to be relined or repaired. If a pipe is cracked by erosion or punctured by a tree root, that changes the water quality you receive. Brown or sludge-like water appearing in your toilet bowl or coming out of your shower head could be indicative of this issue (and should be addressed immediately). Likewise, water stains or puddles appearing in your home often reveal a leaking pipe. Finding issues in water quality will most likely be the easiest way to tell if your pipes are in need of repair.
Water backup and odd noises
The next sign that your pipes need to be relined is if you’re experiencing water backup or odd noises when you use your water system. If your toilet gets backed up frequently or if you hear weird noises whenever you turn on the kitchen sink, your pipes may need to be relined.
Clogs or rust
If your pipes are clogged or rusted, this is another reason to be concerned. As opposed to water backup, a clog may stop you from getting free flowing water through your pipes. Low water pressure is indicative of a clog. This can be for a multitude of reasons, like rust or debris buildup which can come from breaks in a pipe. If you’re seeing clogs in your pipes or rust in your water, you may need to call a repairman.
How to fix the problem
Not only is it difficult to notice when your pipes are in need of repairs, but pipe relining has quite a few steps you want to follow to appropriately fix the issue.
First and foremost, you want to prepare for the repair process. Be sure to clean out the pipe as best you can before bringing in a repairman. Be sure to also measure the dimensions of the portion of pipe that need to be relined, so that the repairman can bring the necessary tools to get to work. You may also need to shut off your water if the repair is large enough.
The next step includes installation and placement of an epoxy. The pipe liner is installed by sliding it inside of the currently damaged pipe. Depending on your type of pipe or the damage the pipe has experienced, the repairman uses either a straight or more flexible liner. This is why it’s important to give them as many details about the pipe as possible. After the liner is installed, the repairman applies an epoxy which bonds the liner to the pipe.