Pipe Relining vs. Pipe Replacement: Which Is the Best Fix for You?

Popular Solutions to the Most Common Plumbing Problems

If you are having issues with your pipes or are concerned about the strength of your pipes due to their age, you might be looking into potential solutions. Two of the most common are pipe relining and pipe replacement, but these solutions are vastly different.

What Is Pipe Relining?

Pipe relining, also called Cured In-Place Pipelining (CIPP) is a method that allows us to replace your pipes without the costs associated with digging up and replacing existing pipelines. Pipe relining is a great way to resolve issues that arise due to structural damages, including cracks, misaligned pipes, and tree root damage. The pipe relining process goes as follows:

We put a drain camera in the pipe to find the cause of the issue.

We put a resin-saturated tube into the damaged pipe.

We inflate the tubing to fit properly against the pipes, causing the epoxy resin to adhere to the pipe.

The resin cures and bonds the tube and old pipe, creating a strong seal.

You might choose to have a pipe relining service instead of a pipe replacement for the following reasons:

It is more cost-effective.

It is a less time-consuming process.

It does not do as much damage to your landscape.

It is a smart preventative measure.

Relined pipes usually last between 20 to 50 years.

What Is a Pipe Replacement?

Pipe replacement, on the other hand, is essentially what the name implies. When we replace a pipe, we remove old piping from the home and put new piping in its place with the goal of updating or repairing it. We perform this service in situations when pipe relining is not an option. For example, if your pipes have seen severe root damage, are destroyed due to extenuating circumstances, you might need a pipe replacement. Furthermore, if your pipes are severely displaced or have backfall and are holding water, this might signal the need for a pipe replacement as well. Because the tubing material in the pipes will not have a sufficient surface to adhere to, pipe relining will not fix the issue in these cases. The pipe replacement process goes as follows:

We will have a conversation and discuss the current state of your pipes. We will gain an understanding of the gravity of your situation and be able to agree on a general timeline for the process. Most replacements take between two days and a week to complete. This depends on the size of the home, the extent of the current damage, and the type of existing piping system.

We will inspect the area and evaluate the requirements of your specific pipe replacement.

After seeing the state of affairs in person, we will finalize the expectations and specifications of the process with you.

We will install your new piping system, tailoring our installment to meet the needs of your home and creating a cohesive appearance and color for the pipes.

We will complete the process, making sure that the system is functioning effectively and you are satisfied with your new pipes.