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A Quick Guide to CIPP Sewer Line Repairs

Cured in place pipe (CIPP) repair is one of the best trenchless rehabilitation techniques available today. It’s a great alternative to conventional pipe repair processes that require a great deal of digging and pipe cutting. Ultimately, these traditional repair methods end up costing a lot of money. Not necessarily for the repair itself, but for the cost of re-landscaping and restoration of your yard, driveway, garden, and even back porch or deck.

Most homeowners (78%) aren’t too familiar with trenchless sewer line repair, so when they hear the phrase “CIPP repair,” they can get pretty confused. With that in mind, here’s a quick guide about how CIPP repairs work and why this method is so beneficial for residential and commercial buildings alike:

CIPPs, or “cured in place pipes,” are a way of referring to how a pipeline was installed when an older pipe needed to be repaired. The process is pretty straightforward, but it’s definitely not what you’d expect.

The CIPP is made of a resin material, which is liquid in form at first. It’s then inverted into the ground. The resin covers up the older pipe and fills in any cracks or dents that might jeopardize the pipeline’s effectiveness and safety. Throughout the process, the resin slowly hardens into a solid CIPP liner that essentially reinforces the existing pipe.

As you might guess, the CIPP process is a very useful technique for intricate pipelines that have many tight corners. It’s also an efficient and safe way to repair pipelines without causing too much damage to the surrounding landscape. Homeowners can easily call up their local trenchless pipe repair service and get a cracked pipe repaired quickly. This can be done without inverting any of the CIPP liner into the city plumbing system.

This type of trenchless sewer rehabilitation isn’t the cheapest way to repair a broken pipe, but that’s only if you’re looking at the up-front costs of a repair. Trenchless repairs are typically around 30-50% more expensive than a conventional pipe repair technique. However, it’s important to consider how much money you’ll be spending on restoring your landscape. In many cases, this restorative work can cost thousands of dollars; the upfront cost of a conventional pipe repair service won’t factor that in.

CIPP liner sewer repair techniques are relatively new. Trenchless sewer rehabilitation is only about 10 to 15 years old. It’s easy to see, though, why it has become such an important part of the industry in such a short time!

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