When you have a sewer line that is cracked, one of the best solutions recommended these days is to repair the line using the cured in place pipe lining method. We have installed hundreds of cured in place pipe linings in Phoenix, and some of these cured in place pipe linings did not always go according to plan. In this article we will discuss the most common problems with cured in place pipe (CIPP) linings, but that’s not all. Based on the amount of cured in place pipe linings we have done, we will be able to tell you how these problems can be avoided and what to look out for when someone recommends that you have a cured in place pipe lining installed.
When you hire a company that hasn’t done a lot of cured in place pipe linings, they will most likely not do a pretty good job in repairing your sewer line. The install a CIPP liner is a specialized job that needs to be done with the utmost precision and extreme delicacy. The most important thing to look for is a company who deals with these kind of installations on a daily basis, someone who can tell you what the advantages and disadvantages of CIPP linings are, how this CIPP liner will solve your problem and if this is really the best solution for you.
Because of the hot weather in Phoenix, the curing process for the CIPP liner will not always be the same. The curing process happens when the felt liner is filled with resin and inverted into the sewer line. By injecting a calibration tube the felt takes the form of the sewer line and is cured for a certain time to harden the felt. The weather plays a big role, if it is a cold or rainy day, the curing process would be much longer than it is on a hot summer day. If your Service Professional does not account for the weather, the CIPP lining could harden too fast and cause the felt to harden before the calibration tube is entered for the curing process. If this happens, the only way to get the felt out of the sewer line is to dig up the line and replace it manually. If the curing process is too short, it can cause the felt to remain soft and create ripples and wrinkles in the line which can cause problems in the future.
Too big cracks
If the cracks in the sewer line are too big, it can cause some of the resin to like which can cause dry spots on the CIPP lining. Big cracks in the sewer would usually rule out CIPP lining is a way to repair the sewer lining. Experience Service Professionals would know whether CIPP lining would be the best way to repair the sewer line or if replacing it would be the best option.
Irregular shape of sewer line
Not all sewer drain systems at every property is the same. Based on the location, size and age of the property can it be speculated on what your current sewer system might look like. The only way to actually find out what the sewer system looks like is to do a camera inspection with high definition color cameras. If your sewer line has some unusual bends, the CIPP lining can cause problems in the future and might not be the best solution to repair your sewer line.
Inspection of equipment and material before use
Once you are convinced that the CIPP lining is the best solution for your sewer repair, make sure the company you hired has done a proper inspection of equipment and materials that are going to be used to do the repair. The equipment needs to be inspection to make sure it would not fail in the middle of installation and all materials should not have any defaults before they are used. By doing this, you can avoid any future problems you might have with the CIPP lining.
Doing a CIPP lining installation on your sewer line can be very costly and is an installation that needs to be done with precision and handled with the utmost delicacy. Because of this, companies who have done this hundreds of times and have the necessary experience will do it right the first time around. Make sure that you ask the company you chose for their certification in CIPP lining, a copy of their license and insurance so that you know that you will not be liable for any damage or injury on your property caused by them and a list of references that can assure you that you have chosen the right company to take care of your problem. If you have any questions on CIPP lining or need help in choosing the right company, please give us a call, because we are always here to help.