Everything You Need to Know about Trenchless Pipes

Have You Heard of the “Pipe Within a Pipe”?

While the average person may have a basic understanding of the plumbing and pipes underneath their home, not everyone has heard of pipe relining. Though the process was invented over forty years ago in London, England, pipe relining is something of a new technology used in the plumbing world.

Trenchless Pipe Relining

Also called trenchless pipe relining or cured in place piping (CIPP), this method is a huge new opportunity for any homeowner. While no one ever wants a broken or leaking pipe underneath their home, it’s an even bigger headache when you have to dig up your entire yard (and maybe even government sidewalks!) just to get it fixed. In traditional repiping, you might lose all of your landscaping—not to mention tens of thousands of dollars.

However, trenchless pipe relining changes everything. Instead of digging up an entire yard to replace a broken pipe, one of our expert plumbers would only have to dig a small access hole. From there, they feed a thin epoxy lining throughout your entire pipe system until it overlaps your broken, corroded or leaking areas. Then, using hot water, steam, or UV light, they cure the epoxy until it hardens. This creates a “pipe within a pipe” that is safe, strong, and long-lasting. These epoxy pipes only decrease your pipes’ diameter by a fraction of an inch, meaning that you don’t face a high risk of future clogs or blockages.

Because of their technological advancement, pipe relining materials are generally more costly than traditional PVC pipes. However, the entire process of trenchless pipe relining is often less expensive than the traditional method. It can cost thousands of extra dollars for the labor, time, and tools used to dig large trenches around all of your underground pipes. If your pipes extend even a little bit past your home, this can also mean paying large fees to dig up sidewalks or to redirect neighborhood traffic. Overall, many homeowners have found that trenchless pipe relining saves them a lot of money—and a ton of time—compared to the old way of replacing a pipe.

The patent for pipe relining was only made available to companies like Zierman in 1994, and we were quick to use this amazing new opportunity to serve our customers. We now have years of experience in trenchless pipe relining, whereas many plumbing companies are only just beginning. This means that we know what works and what doesn’t, and what might be the best option for your home and your needs.

Whether you decide to use traditional pipe replacement or trenchless pipe relining, one thing is key: you should never wait to replace a broken or leaking pipe. Broken pipes can lead to home flooding, huge water bill costs, or even one of the worst scenarios: sewer leakage into your home. The longer you wait, the worse the leak usually gets.

Call Zierman Plumbing today, and we’ll work with you to discover the best method for replacing your broken or leaking pipe. Chances are, trenchless pipe relining could be the perfect option to save your valuable time and money while getting your home back into working order.