Richmond Water Pipe Repair Lining
An epoxy pipe lining can be used to repair pipes that have corroded or otherwise deteriorated. It is usually more affordable than the cost of total pipe replacement, and the method is commonly used for residential and commercial buildings when traditional pipe replacement cannot be used due to the downtime and large trenches required. It’s very convenient and it can protect your landscaping from damage, while ensuring that your current pipes are repaired in a timely manner. It can avoid the need to completely replace pipes, and the method is a viable option for many types of pipe repairs, especially for pipes that require food grade coatings.
Corrosion is removed from the existing pipes as one of the first steps
One of the first steps for an epoxy pipe lining installation involves the removal of oxidation in the existing pipes. By removing the oxidation, the pipes are then prepared for the epoxy liner installation which can then fill in areas that have deteriorated. This is performed by blowing air with silica particles throughout the pipes, effectively sandblasting them and removing oxidation deposits. Equipment is used downstream and upstream of the pipe to catch the oxidation debris.
After corrosion removal, the epoxy lining can be installed
Once the corrosion has been removed, the epoxy lining can be installed. Air is blown down the pipes after they have been cleaned, and this time the air is filled with an epoxy liquid. The liquid coats the inside of the existing pipe and within a few hours it hardens. The method does not require landscape disruption or other types of inconvenient installations, and the method is very quick and efficient, even if there are multiple pipes involved.
Epoxy is food grade and perfect for drinking water pipes
Pipes that are used to carry drinking water are often repaired with this method because epoxy is food grade and suitable for these types of pipes. However, epoxy is not necessarily the strongest material, and it can break down under load bearing applications. The method is typically used for residential and commercial wall and floor pipes but not for sewer pipes as a result of this. When the pipe needs more strength, a regular pipe liner is installed (commonly fiberglass and polyester felt with a resin). If you think that you may be in need of an epoxy pipe liner installation for your commercial or residential building, contact Environmental Pipe Cleaning today at 800-785-3727.