4 Essential Tools for Pipe Relining
“Necessity is the mother of invention.” – Albert Einstein
Pipe relining is a modern way of reinforcing or creating a new pipe within an old pipe without the need of digging and physically removing the old and damaged pipe. Because this is a new technology, a new set of equipment and machinery is made available for this purpose.
1. Pipe Camera
A pipe relining cannot be done without an initial inspection. In order to have a thorough inspection of the pipe, the technician would need a live video feed of the inside. That is exactly what the pipe camera does. While the technician remotely controls the camera drone from the control van, he can see the extent of damage in the pipe. Whether the root intrusion has completely blocked the pipe or if the pipe can no longer be relined because it has lost its structure and strength. By using this tool, the plumber will know what apparatus to use in cleaning the pipe. Either the water jet is equipt or he will need to utilise the robotic metal cutter. This is also used to locate the damaged areas in the pipe. Through the use of a camera, plumbers will know whether to do a sectional repair or overhaul the entire length of the pipe.
2. High-pressure Water Jet
This device is the most common means of clearing the pipe. High-pressure water jets wash away the soil, tiny rocks, small protruding roots from the walls of the pipe and flush them out of the system. Water jets also remove the lingering fat and grease deposit on the pipe walls. Its high pressure makes it nearly impossible for anything to stay inside of the pipe. In some cases when water jets just don’t get the job done, a robotic metal cutter is fed into the pipe to cut off thick roots, other vegetation, metals, and other materials that are too hard to be severed by water pressure.
This tool is connected to a water tank and a generator that releases water through the nozzle in a very high pressure.
3. Epoxy Resin
This is the main ingredient in relining a pipe. The epoxy that the technician would advise you to use will depend on the strength or reinforcement that your piping would need. Epoxy resin, however, is the most common type of resin that is used in pipe relining for sewer pipes and supply lines. The epoxy compound has a lot of endearing qualities that make it fit for an interior coating. Some of these are being odourless and having the same kitchen grade as that of the inner coating used in cans of preserved goods you by in the store. This not only makes the pipe interior lining safe, it also strengthens the structure while improving the flow capacity.
A bladder is an equipment used to ease the relining process. Since the liner is not solid enough to be fed through the pipe on its own and even then, it would be near impossible to inflate and adhere it to the host pipe’s wall, a bladder is required for the job. This device is placed inside the pipelining as it is pushed through the pipe and then inflated to make the liner stick firmly to the interior wall of the host pipe. This will only be deflated and removed when the liner is already firmly cured and has dried in place.