Among the various pipe repair methods that have been created and formulated throughout the years, trenchless pipe repair technology has become the most used process in rehabilitating pipes. Under trenchless technology are other sub-repair methods that vary in its procedures. Pipe relining is under trenchless technology and has been popularly used in repairing sewer pipes all across the globe. We’re going to take a look at how pipe relining has progressed throughout the years and how it originated.
Pipe relining origins
As what you would expect, pipe relining wasn’t really the best method in repairing pipes in the past. It all began in 1977 at London, England, when this method was still being configured and studied on how to become effective. Eric Wood was the first one who used cured-in-place pipe (CIPP). In the past, pipe relining wasn’t really versatile and can’t be applied to all types of sewer pipes. It was only effective in repairing pipelines that have wide diameters and can’t be applied to small-size pipes. The reason for this is because the method was still not refined in the past. There are a lot of limitations back in the days and pipe relining was still in its prototype stages. Pipe relining started to become more popular when Insituform Technologies started to develop it even more and make it marketable as a pipe repair solution.
Modern pipe relining
Modern pipe relining has evolved far from its early years and has become perfected. It even became more renowned when the CIPP patent expired, which allowed pipe repair companies to get their hands on the process and be able to improve it in their own way. A bunch of these companies are even confident with their CIPP service that they offer 50 year guarantee to their clients.
Pipe relining didn’t stagnate with just repairing sewer pipes; it also diverged to other utility repairs as well like swimming pools, water lines, mechanical piping, and many more. Remember what was mentioned earlier about pipe relining being unable to fix small-sized pipes? Well, in modern times, it can actually be applied to various sizes now! Aside from that, it also has innovated far enough that it can be applied to affected or damaged pipes only. This eliminates the need for homeowners to replace the whole pipe system of their household just to fix a few malfunctioning pipes. Of course, this innovation is not only practical but also budget-friendly to homeowners since the expenses are greatly reduced. The process is called pipe patching which is basically an offshoot of CIPP.
Furthermore, the materials used in this repair method have also evolved. The resin made from either epoxy, fibreglass, or other suitable resin liners are very durable and can last up to a lifetime. Just keep in mind to always let professionals do this type work. It’s much better if the contractor can offer a 50 year guarantee (standard insurance) for their work. Pipe relining continues to elevate to new heights as the years go by.