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Why Go for Pipe Relining in the Northern Beaches, Sydney

Why Go for Pipe Relining in the Northern Beaches, Sydney

If you’re living in the Northern Beaches, you must have seen the many historical residences located in the area. Older buildings are more susceptible to plumbing problems, like burst, cracked, corroded or leaking pipes. If you are dealing with a pipe problem, we’d like to suggest pipe relining as a solution. Stormwater drains, sewer pipes, and water pipes that are underground or in hard-to-reach spots are also prime candidates for pipe relining (in the Northern Beaches and elsewhere).  Pipe relining in the Northern Beaches is a popular pipe repair method due to its effectiveness and efficiency.

What is pipe relining?

Cured-In-Place Pipelining (CIPP) is another name for pipe relining, a specialised pipe repair technique that involves inserting a liner into an existing pipe. The liner is usually made of flexible material, such as PVC, and is inflated to fill the pipe. (Basically, a new pipe is inserted into the old pipe and then inflated.) Once in place, the liner hardens, creating a new pipe within the old pipe. The new pipe is sealed at the joints and is resistant to corrosion, leaks, misaligned joints, tree root infestation, and pipe separation. 
Pipe relining doesn’t require excavation (eliminating landscaping costs after completion), or that the used material be disposed of in a landfill. This technique costs $400 – $1000 per metre; however, this depends on several factors such as the pipe’s location, its condition, its diameter, condition, size, and how easy it is to access. 
The pipe relining solution can be used to repair pipes that are damaged by corrosion, tree roots, or other means. It can also be used to upgrade existing pipes to a higher condition or standard. For example, pipe relining can be used to upgrade an old clay pipe (used for solid waste) to a new PVC pipe or one of a more durable material. This repair technique can save time and money because it circumvents the need to dig up and replace the existing, damaged pipe.

Is pipe relining a new technique?

Pipe relining is a pipe repair technology that is used to repair failing or damaged sewers and stormwater pipes as well as water pipes. It is less disruptive, more cost-effective and can (usually) be completed in a shorter time frame (the pipe does not have to be excavated). A trenchless technology, pipe relining, has been in existence for more than 50 years. It is still relatively unknown as a pipe replacement alternative, but has been successfully used in the Northern Beaches for over 30 years. This repair technique has extended the life of many ageing sewer and stormwater pipe networks.

What are the limitations of pipe relining?

Although pipe relining is less expensive and disruptive than pipe replacement, it can't be used in every situation. For example, if the existing pipe is too worn-out or damaged, or has already collapsed, pipe relining won't be effective. This is also not a viable option if the damaged pipe is too small or there isn't sufficient access to it. Pipe relining can take longer than other repair methods, so if you need immediate results, pipe relining might not be the best option. In these cases, replacing the pipe would be the only option. When pipe relining is an option, it's often the best choice.  

How much time does pipe relining take? How much does it cost?

If you need to fix a pipe using pipe relining, the process usually takes a few hours or less than a day. The pipe relining company doesn’t need the damaged pipe excavated, so it doesn’t involve heavy digging. We can access the pipe in question by way of a drain opening or a manhole. If it becomes necessary, we can make a small temporary opening near the drain that we close it once the work is complete. 
As for how much this can cost, it depends on several factors including whether the work is in a residence or strata complex, or if it’s in a commercial setting. For the former, a rough estimate is $400 – $1000 per metre. The equipment setup will have a cost associated with it, as well. Other factors that affect the cost are:
  • What is the material the affected pipe is made of? How badly is it damaged? 
  • How easy is the affected area to get to? The more difficult it is to access the damaged part of the pipe, the longer it will take to fix it. The price will increase accordingly.
  • The type of material being used for relining affects the pricing, such as the type of PVC that's appropriate, resin, epoxy, etc.
  • The length or size of the damaged area that can be fixed with pipe relining. The greater the size, the greater the cost will be to reline it. Longer pipes are relined using the inversion method (the price is per metre), while relining just affected spots can be done using patching (the price depends on the number of patches).

If you live in the Northern Beaches of Sydney, there's a good chance you'll need to get your pipes relined at some point. The first reason is that pipe relining is a much more affordable option than replacing your entire piping system. Secondly, pipe relining is a much more environmentally-friendly option than pipe replacement. 
Dealing with a broken or damaged pipe? Contact Ready Set Reline now to learn how this can benefit your home or business. We service the Northern Beaches, Sydney CBD, Eastern Suburbs, Inner West, The Hills, and Lower and Upper North Shore. Call us now on 0422 704 670 to schedule an appointment or fill out a web form to request a free quote. We’ll get back to you right away.

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