Cured-in-place pipe repairs, or CIPP repair as it’s known, is one of the hottest trends in the world of trenchless sewer repair. These sort of techniques have been around for years, but many in the public are still unaware that they even exist. In fact, one recent Angie’s List survey found a staggering 78% of respondents had never heard of “no dig” sewer repair.
Whether it’s for a massive governmental project or a homeowner with a small residential problem, CIPP and the video inspection that goes with it can be a great way to save time and money. Generally speaking, sewers last about 40 years, but complete replacement can be costly and time-consuming. Here are a few ways in which video inspection and CIPP can be used to your advantage.
Correctly Identify Problem: Just because something’s wrong with your sewer or piping doesn’t mean it will need to be completely replaced. The video inspection tools used by professionals allow them to get right inside and figure out exactly what’s going wrong on the inside without any other sort of preparation, digging, or extensive work. The last thing you want to do is start an excavation process only to find out the problem wasn’t even in the piping/sewer you dug up.
Prior to Buying New Place: Video inspection isn’t just something to think about when you have a problem with your pipes. It’s also a great idea to have any potential piece of property you’re thinking about buying properly inspected before you make an offer. This will cost somewhere in the neighborhood of $250 to $350, but could save you thousands if something’s wrong that you didn’t know about.
Fixing Leaks and Infiltration: Fixing leaks and deficiencies in pipe lining is the main purpose of CIPP and video inspection, but it can also help identify tree roots that may have infiltrated the integrity of the system as well. A tree’s root system typically grows 12 to 36 inches below the soil surface, but can also extend horizontally two to three times the diameter of the canopy.
Video inspection and CIPP can save you a lot in both time and money, not to mention stress and frustration. Be sure to take advantage of these means when you think something might be wrong or when you’re thinking about buying a new home. You’ll be much better off if you do.