Understanding Cured-In-Place Pipe Lining
Leaking or failing pipes are a major problem for any commercial property. Leaks, or even, worse pipe bursts, can cause serious water damage, mold issues, and impact tenants if they are forced to shutdown business operations or move out. Addressing leaks and failing pipes, however, can be extremely challenging.
What if the pipes are buried underground? Under the concrete floor in the basement? Behind a wall? In any of these scenarios, fixing or preventing issues with unexposed pipes is extremely challenging and expensive. This where cured-in-place pipe lining services become incredibly valuable to property managers.
These services, explained in detail below, can fix and restore unexposed commercial pipes. Also known as pipe restoration, pipe rehabilitation, CIPP lining, and trenchless pipe repair, keep reading to better understand cured-in-place pipe lining for commercial properties.
What is Cured-In-Place Pipe Lining?
Cured-in-place pipe lining for commercial properties is a specialty plumbing service that essentially creates new pipes within a property’s existing pipes. While the CIPP lining process requires special equipment and materials, the general concept is easy to understand.
First a special liner, usually made of felt, is inserted into the existing pipes. Next the liner is inflated and exposed to a curing element, often times heat or ultraviolet light. This releases a resin in the liner that cures and hardens within the existing pipe.
Once fully cured, the resin creates a jointless, seamless surface within the existing pipe. Done correctly, cured-in-place pipe lining effectively makes old pipes new again. It also eliminates hidden leaks and reduces the risk of pipe bursts
Is Cured-In-Place Pipe Lining Right For My Property?
In general, every property can use cured-in-place pipe technology to restore and rehabilitate their pipes. There are CIPP lining applications for water, sewer, gas, and even chemical pipelines. Even better, existing pipes up to 110 inches in diameter have been restored using cured-in-place pipe lining technology.
Except in very rare cases, if your property has old pipes, there is a cured-in-place pipe lining capable of restoring them. Click here to have Property Manager Insider’s BidSource team connect you with a specialty pipe lining contractor for a free evaluation.
What Are The Benefits of Cured-In-Place Pipe Lining?
The biggest benfit of cured-in-place pipe lining for commercial properties is reducing the costs of replacing unexposed pipes. While it is expensive, the cost to reline a pipe, in most cases, is significantly less than replacement. This is because the CIPP lining process does not require fully exposing or excavating pipes.
Consider a 4″ sewer pipe running 50′ from a building, under the parking lot, to the street. Fully replacing this pipe would require tearing up and completely redoing the parking lot underneath the pipe. Cured-in-place pipe lining technology can restore this pipe to like new condition without touching the parking lot.
CIPP pipe lining technology is also one of the best ways to repair leaking pipes. This is because it fully eliminates current leaks by creating a seamless surface inside the existing pipe. This can also prevent future leaks, which is especially important for properties with older plumbing.
Who Performs Cured-In-Place Pipe Lining?
In general, there are two types of contractors that offer cured-in-place pipe lining services. The first are CIPP lining specialists. These contractors primary focus is commercial pipe restoration. While they sometimes offer the necessary associated services, like camera inspections, plumbing surveys, and jetting, these companies do not offer commercial plumbing service.
Commercial plumbers are the other type of contractor that will offer CIPP lining services to commercial properties. The primary difference is these companies are usually full service. In addition to CIPP lining they will also help properties with plumbing service work, backflow testing, plumbing construction, etc.
Both types of contractors should be licensed commercial plumbers. If you need help finding a qualified contractor to provide a CIPP lining quote at your property, our BidSource team can find a licensed contractor in your area.
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