Pipe Relining the Northern Beaches
The most affordable Pipe Reliners in the Northern Beaches
Total Relining Solutions are your local experts in the Northern Beaches when it comes to repairing damaged or blocked drains and pipes. Our local, friendly and affordable team of experienced pipe relining specialists guarantee your satisfaction with our work in the Northern Beaches. We’re so confident, that we’ll beat any local competitor quote so you can be sure you’re getting the best price, and the best quality of service in the Northern Beaches.
- We are pipe relining specialists.
- We cater to residential and commercial clients.
- We offer a 35 year guarantee with all of our pipe relining work.
- We are fully insured and certified.
- We’ll beat any local competitor quote.
- We’re friendly, local and efficient.
This graphic demonstrates the before and after of your pipes. All cracks and holes in the pipe are fully sealed by the new pipe which is inserted into the old pipe using advanced resin pipe technology. Watch this short video if you’d like a clearer understanding of how we do this so efficiently and without digging.
How Pipe Relining differs from traditional replacement
Traditionally if you had a blocked pipe or overflow of your sewer a plumber would need direct access to it to fix it. That could mean cutting holes in walls, digging trenches in garden beds or closing off (or even excavating) roads to gain access. The alternative solution – pipe relining – is the keyhole surgery of the plumbing world. It is generally a less invasive, less cosmetically damaging method of solving plumbing issues but it’s not necessarily suitable, or most economical, in every situation. There are a huge number of factors that determine the best solution for a blocked pipe or overflow of sewer, and a qualified plumber is the best person to ask what solution is most likely to meet your needs. Below we discuss some of the factors worth considering when deciding how to solve your plumbing issues.
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Causes of blocked drains and overflowing sewers in the Northern Beaches
Before any work is undertaken a camera will be inserted into your pipes to identify the cause of the issue, and assess the condition of your pipes. Blockages caused by items like wet wipes can generally be dislodged with a robotic cutting tool, or a high pressure hose, and are unlikely to have caused the sort of damage that would require the pipes to be re-lined or replaced. A blockage caused by a tree root might also be able to be removed with a cutting tool, however the presence of roots generally indicates a leak (the roots are attracted to water), and so simply cutting the roots in the pipe is unlikely to solve the problem permanently. Most leaks in the Northern Beaches and surrounding areas occur in two types of pipes:
- old terracotta (or vitrified clay) pipes – these pipes usually have sand cement or rubber ring joints every metre, and these connections are the most common source of a weak spot, which has degraded and caused a leak. The pipes themselves can also crack or disintegrate, but the joint connections are the most likely cause
- newer PVC piping installed incorrectly or damaged through ground movement or weight on top.
Leaks in home plumbing can cause stains, damage and mould on your interior walls and leaks in the ground attract tree roots, and can destabilise soil and, eventually, the pipes themselves. You should be able to view footage from the camera and have a plumber explain what they believe the best solution for you will be.
What’s the best course of action: replacement, repair, relining or rehabilitation? And should I get all my pipes done at the same time?
Comparing relining a pipe to digging up the old one to replace it, it can seem like a comparison between repairing an existing pipe and getting a new one. Relining is often referred to as repair or rehabilitation, however, the end result of relining is actually a new pipe – it’s just that the new pipe is inside an old one. Once a pipe is relined, the old pipe could disintegrate and the new relining will remain, unaffected. Essentially relining gives the same end result as excavating and replacing – a new pipe that can stand on its own. The difference being that relining doesn’t necessarily get rid of the old pipe.
Your plumber should be able to tell you whether your blockage or overflow is an isolated incident or a sign of ageing or damaged pipes that are likely to give you further issues. A thorough inspection involves not just the use of a camera but also a high pressure clean that should make the condition of the pipes visible. Your plumber will then recommend one of two courses of action:
- Sectional repair – a single faulty joint (the connection between two pipes), junction (the connection between two streams of pipes) or a piece of damaged pipe, can be replaced with a small section of liner or by exposing and replacing the problematic pipe or pipes.
- Total replacement or rehabilitation – complete replacement or relining of all your pipes. While it may only be some of your pipes leaking, if they’re all of a similar age and condition it can be more economical or practical to get them all done at the same time. This is usually recommended if there are signs of erosion or degradation on all, or many, of the joints. Taking this preventative approach ensures you won’t be left with collapsed pipes requiring emergency plumbing intervention. Collapsed pipes also usually take away the opportunity for relining, leaving excavation as your only option.
How does relining work? Can all pipes be relined, and are all reliners the same?
The relining process works by combining a flexible textile liner with an epoxy resin blend. The exact type of liner and resin blend will depend on what size pipe is being replaced, what that pipe is made of, and what will be flowing through the pipes. For example, a household sewerage system will have different needs to a business with chemical or industrial waste. Once the right reliner and resin blend has been created it gets pushed into the old pipes using air or water pressure. The reliner sticks to the old pipe, and is then either left to dry and harden, or cured using hot air or water. Whatever the hardening process, the liner transforms from a flexible fabric to a hardened pipe, sometimes referred to as a CIPP (cured in-place pipe). The new hardened pipe can survive even if the old pipe surrounding it deteriorates or decays.
In this set of images you can see the liner being impregnated with the epoxy resin, the inversion drum that pushes the new pipes inside the old ones, and what it looks like inside a cured pipe.
Not all plumbing problems can be solved with this relining method. There are two situations which can prevent relining being effective:
- a pipe has collapsed, meaning dirt, sediment or another obstruction (that is too heavy to clear) will block the path of the relining equipment
- a pipe has a sag (sometimes known as a belly), which means some of the pipes have dropped below the acceptable angle for water to flow where it needs to go.
Is the reliner pipe as strong as a new pipe installed by digging a trench? What are the alternative materials?
If leaking pipes are exposed through excavation, the repair or replacement process will almost always use PVC (Polyvinyl chloride, a synthetic plastic polymer) piping. The pipe created through the relining process is stronger than PVC piping, and is longer lasting. The best suppliers of PVC piping in Australia guarantee their product for a maximum of 15 years. The relining products that Total Relining Solutions use have a 35 year guarantee and a life expectancy of 50 years.
Structurally there are also benefits to relining compared to PVC (or any other type of) piping too – most ready-made pipes are sold in short lengths to facilitate easy construction, which means there are joints where every piece of piping connects. Joints are the most vulnerable part in any piping infrastructure. The relining process creates one long pipe, which can navigate corners and change in size without requiring any joining mechanisms, so there are no weak spots.
Cost of Pipe Relining in the Northern Beaches
Obviously the speed of relining often makes it cheaper in terms of the hours of labour required by a plumbing team, but it’s important to consider not just the cost of the plumbing work, but also any related costs that might be incurred. For example, for a pipe in an apartment in the Northern Beaches complex you might have to consider not just how much a plumber will charge to get access to a pipe in a wall, but how much plasterers and painters will charge to restore a wall to its original condition. When you consider the cost of external excavation you need to calculate the cost of landscapers repairing garden beds, carpenters repairing decking or concreters repairing driveways. Generally pipe relining in the Northern Beaches can be done without, or with minimal, excavation – access is often only required at a single point, and it usually disturbs less than a single square metre of ground.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is this a temporary or permanent fix?
Pipe relining is a long-term and permanent repair method. The liner has a life span of over 50 years and we guarantee 35 years or we’ll replace it for free.
When should I reline and when should I excavate?
The decision on whether to reline or excavate is usually based on four factors:
- Position of pipe and the surrounding environment.
- Whether the damage is too substantial to reline.
- Time sensitivity (relining is far faster than excavation).
- Cost (relining total costs are generally far less than excavation and additional costs such as restoration to landscaping).
The experts at Total Relining Solutions can recommend the best course of action for you to take based on your circumstances.
What kind of damage can be repaired with this method?
Pipe relining can work on just about any type of damage to a pipe. Here are some common examples:
- Cracks or holes
- Damage from tree roots
- Missing sections of pipe
- Old age
Will you need to do any digging?
In many cases, no digging is necessary. However, from time to time we may need to dig a small entry point to gain access to your pipe. This will be fully filled in by our team upon completion of the job. There will be minimal disruption to your home, workplace, invetment property or business.
How long does it take?
In most cases relining can be performed more quickly and easily than excavation – in one day or even less.
Excavation work on the other hand can be highly disruptive – tenants sometimes need alternative accommodation, and businesses might not be able to operate while pipes are leaking or under repair, so often getting the issue resolved as quickly as possible is important.