We all depend on our plumbing to bring us water and eliminate waste in our homes. With winter approaching fast, it’s time to start thinking about the best ways to prepare your system for the cold. We want to avoid having hundreds of gallons of water pour into our living environment through broken or cracked pipes. Flood repair should be the absolute last resort! But how can you protect your plumbing through the coldest time of the year? Here we will go over a few of the best ways to do this and stay dry and happy this holiday season.
Let’s face it: just like rooves, support beams, and foundations, the pipes in your house age over time. Just as when our bodies age, pipes can see damage that causes little problems and big problems alike. As your plumbing ages it develops cracks that are susceptible to tree root invasion, which causes leaks, frequent clogs, and more. Cracked plumbing is just bad news all around.
Normally when you have this problem, the solution is to hire someone to dig in, possibly under your basement, and replace the old pipes with new, more durable ones. This is a huge expenditure and can take lots of time, not to mention what destruction it can deal to your property. Damage to your concrete and landscaping takes extra time and money to fix. But never fear-here we are going to talk about a new alternative to replacing plumbing. It is called pipe lining, and it makes a whole lot of sense.
Pipe lining is basically “replacing” an old pipe without actually having to replace it. Rather, you give it a new, super durable surface on the inside. A tube is inserted into the old pipe. The tube contains self-hardening resin that sets up in just a few hours to give you an estimated 100 year life span on the portion of pipe that was affected. Under normal circumstances, your pipes perform just fine from then on, causing no additional problems. How do they do it? Using trenchless plumbing tools and video camera technology, the problems are found and isolated. Then they remove all debris using a high powered water jet. Next, licensed plumbers will fit the tube into place and inflate it with air. After the lining is fit to the inside of the pipe in this way, all they have to do is wait for around 2-4 hours for the resin to set. Finally, an inspection will tell the plumbers that everything is great, and they can be on their way.
Boom. Reduced time put into the job, less digging (in some cases maybe no digging), less money spent and no property damage to worry about! But what if you need more reasons to invest in pipe lining? Well, there are plenty of sensible points to go around. For example, the new pipe lining is usually stronger than the original pipe. Also, you won’t see any reduction in water flow since the lining only decreases the diameter of pipes by 5%. Pipe lining can be used on most residential and commercial pipe types, such as cast iron, clay, and all types of sewer pipes, and it also fits most sizes. And finally and perhaps most importantly, pipe lining is priced by linear foot, so you are not paying for the whole pipe to be fixed. Love that cost reduction.
Remember, not all Boise area plumbers use the trenchless plumbing methods, so if you are looking at pipe lining for big savings and less hassle, make sure that they are a professional who is knowledgeable and skilled at using pipe lining.