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Types of Sewer Linings for Cracked Pipes

Types of Sewer Linings for Cracked Pipes

Types of Sewer Linings for Cracked Pipes Jun 19, 2024

If you’ve ever dealt with a cracked or failing sewer line, you’ll understand why homeowners dread the thought of sewer repair or replacement. It’s not just the excavations to access the damaged pipes; it is the disruptions to your normal routine and the expensive repair bills.

Thankfully, there’s a minimally invasive, cost-effective, and more efficient solution: trenchless sewer line replacement. This new technology has gained popularity over the last several years due to the numerous benefits it offers. It is often preferred because it takes less time than traditional sewer line repair. This innovative method offers several different sewer lining techniques, each with its benefits.

Here at Rooter Man Plumbing, we pride ourselves on providing professional trenchless sewer repair in the areas we serve. If you’re dealing with a cracked sewer line, we are available to provide you with an effective and long-lasting solution. In today’s blog post, we’ll discuss the different types of sewer linings for cracked pipes and their benefits to help you make an informed choice.

The Three Common Linings for Cracked Sewer Lines

Slip Lining

This method involves inserting a smaller, super-strong pipe into your old, cracked sewer line to create a strong and leak-proof lining. Here's how it works:

  • A smooth, tough pipe is sized slightly smaller than your existing pipe.
  • Small access holes are dug at the beginning and end of the damaged area.
  • The new pipe is pushed or winched into the old line, creating a strong, leak-proof barrier inside.
  • The gap between the old and new pipes is filled with grout for extra stability.

Pros of Slip Lining

  • This method can handle more extensive damage than some other lining options.
  • The new pipe creates a very durable lining that can extend the life of your sewer line.
  • Compared to traditional digging, slip lining can be completed in a shorter timeframe as long as the job is handled by an experienced plumbing service.

Cured-In-Place Pipe Lining

This repair method uses a special resin-soaked sock to create a new lining inside your old pipe. These are the steps plumbers follow to restore sewer lines to good working order:

  • The damaged pipe is thoroughly cleaned, and a sock impregnated with epoxy resin is inserted into the pipe through an access hole.
  • The sock is inflated with air, pressing it against the pipe walls. Heat or hot water is used to cure (harden) the resin, creating a strong, smooth lining inside the old pipe.

Pros of CIPP Lining

  • This method works well for pinhole leaks, cracks, and minor damage.
  • CIPP creates a seamless lining throughout the repaired section.
  • Since the sock is flexible, it can navigate bends and curves in the pipe.

Pipe Bursting

For severely damaged or collapsed pipes, pipe bursting is the go-to solution. Here's what happens:

  • A bursting head is pulled through the old pipe, breaking it apart as it goes.
  • Simultaneously, a new, stronger pipe is fed through the bursting head, replacing the old one in its path.
  • The entire process happens underground, with only small access holes needed.

Pros of Pipe Bursting

  • This method is ideal for severely damaged pipes that need complete replacement.
  • The new pipe is built to last, giving you a long-term solution.
  • Pipe bursting can often be completed in a single day.

As you can see, the various types of sewer linings require professional expertise and extensive industry experience. These jobs should be left to a trusted plumbing repair service with decades of experience. A qualified plumber will assess the damage to your sewer line and recommend the most suitable lining option.

Call Rooter Man Plumbing For Trenchless Sewer Repair and All of Your Sewer Line Needs

If your sewer line is cracked and deteriorating, consider trenchless sewer line replacement to save yourself the headache of disruptive digging and time-consuming repairs. Rooter Man Plumbing has more than 40 years of experience in the industry, and our plumbers have the expertise and cutting-edge tools to get the job done right.


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