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Trenchless Cast Iron Sewer Pipe Repair Saving Homes And Buildings With Backed-Up Leaking Drains

October 3, 2013 by  
Filed under Back-ups & Pipe Lining

Trenchless Cast Iron Sewer Pipe Repair Stops Backups & Leaks For 100 Years!

Like most people, you have never heard of “trenchless pipe repair”, or “pipe lining”, or “cured-in-place pipe lining”. Bur some day it may save, yes, literally save, your house.

As Sure As Death Itself, All Old Pipes Rust Away

So you have lived in your house for 30 years, or just bought one that is 30 years old or older. The reason we picked this number is that it seems to be the amount of time needed for the cast iron sewer pipes under homes to rust out and start collapsing, causing repeated backups and floods. The perforated cast iron sewer pipes also allow tree roots in search of water to grow into the pipes, also causing devastating sewer floods.

In High rise buildings the sewer pipes are vertical and extend from the highest floor down to the bottom floor. When these cast iron sewer “stacks” rust, they get a vertical or longitudinal crack, which leaks whenever anyone on a higher floor flushes their toilet. Can you imagine waking up in the morning to step out of your bed into twelve floors of flushing in your condo?

The Bad Solution

Traditional plumbing companies who are called out to fix the leak prefer to excavate walls and floors, displacing tenants for weeks, creating huge jackhammer messes, spreading a deadly aerosol of coli-form sewer bacteria throughout residences as they replace the old pipes by excavation. Floors and walls have to be replaced, and tiles, marble, paint etc. have to be restored. The cost for a regular 3 bed, 3 bath house runs $15,000-$25,000 in total.

The Good Solution You Don’t Know About – Trenchless Cast Iron Sewer Pipe Repair

These days however, a “trenchless pipe repair” company can install a new 100-year inner pipe lining in the old pipe without excavation. It takes about one day, and for the aforementioned house, would cost about $6,000. The Perma-Liner brand of pipe lining for example, comes with a 50 year warranty.

The Process

It’s quite simple really. The old sewer pipes are cleaned using a high pressure water jet. Then a new “pipe liner” is prepared which looks like a long flexible sock. A special self-hardening “resin” is poured into the liner, and the liner is pulled into the pipe. Then the liner is inflated for 3-4 hours, during which time the resin hardens, after which the pipe is ready for use.

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