Pipe Lining Pros and Cons: Cost and Pipe Requirements
Damaged pipes and the resulting water damage are one of the many headaches that come with homeownership as it means there are expensive pipe repair or replacement costs to follow.
A more affordable alternative many homeowners turn to in order to resolve this plumbing issue is pipe lining. At Ted and Bros plumbing, we are a full service, family owned plumbing business that works with homeowners everyday helping to resolve their plumbing problems. One of the newer and more popular services we offer is trenchless pipe lining. While it may not be the best choice for every homeowner’s situation, it can save you a considerable amount of money compared to a traditional pipe replacement.
In this article, we breakdown what pipe lining is, the pros and cons, cost, and requirements to help you decide if it’s the right choice for your home’s plumbing.
What Is Pipe Lining?
Pipe lining, also known as epoxy pipe lining, cured-in place pipe (CIPP lining) or pipe relining, is a minimally invasive sewer repair process where a brand new pipe is created directly inside your existing pipes without any digging or trenches. It is a fast, easy, and cost effective pipe repair method.
Prior to the pipe lining, your plumbing lines are first inspected with a sewer camera and then cleaned with hydro jetting. From there, the new pipe liner is inserted and inflated directly into the old one, resulting in a brand new pipe that eliminates any pinhole leaks and is built to last.
Pipe Lining Pros
- Cost effective
- Faster than traditional pipe replacement
- Long lasting pipe lining solution
- Environmentally friendly
Pipe Lining Is Cost Effective
Pipe lining will cost up to 50% less compared to a traditional pipe replacement due to less labor being required.
Pipe Lining Is A Fast and Easy Process
The new trenchless technology allows for pipe repair to be completed within a matter of days compared to weeks with more invasive methods. You also don’t have to worry about major disruptions to your property or holes being made in your home’s ceiling or walls.
Pipe Lining Will Last For Decades
With proper installation, pipe lining is made to last for up to 50 years so it’s a pipe repair solution that’s built to last.
Pipe Lining Is Environmentally Friendly
Pipe lining is an eco-friendly form of pipe repair that does not create any harmful waste or debris that needs to be disposed of.
Pipe Lining Cons
- Hard to remove
- Must be installed correctly
Pipe Lining Is Hard To Remove
Epoxy pipe lining is considered permanent. Once you have it installed, it’s very hard to remove.
Pipe Lining Issues When Not Installed Correctly
As with any kind of installation, there will be future issues if the process is not done correctly. With pipe lining, improper installation can result in liners slipping or shrinkage of the liner that will cause pressure and significantly decrease flow capacity among other issues. We highly recommend hiring a licensed plumbing company with extensive pipe lining experience to do your work.
How Much Does Pipe Lining Cost?
You can expect pipe lining to cost anywhere between $80 to $250 per linear foot. There is a wide range in price because the true cost varies from project to project.
There are several factors that can affect the cost of pipe lining including:
- Level of cleaning required
- Accessibility of pipe
- Job size (amount of pipe being replaced)
In order to know what the cost will be for your specific project, we highly recommend you schedule a free estimate.
What Are The Pipe Requirements For Pipe Lining?
Pipe lining is an effective pipe repair solution, but it is not right for every plumbing system. In order to execute a successful pipe lining, existing pipes need to meet the following requirements:
- Greater than 2” in diameter
- Not extremely fragile
- Piping is not collapsed or back-pitched
Don’t worry if you are unsure if your pipes meet the requirements. Pipe eligibility will be determined at the initial inspection. If they do not meet the standards required, you can consider repiping as an alternative repair method.
Schedule a Free Estimate For Pipe Lining
When you are considering pipe lining, be sure to hire a professional and experienced plumbing company that will do the installation correctly so that your pipe lining will last for as long as possible. At Ted & Bros Plumbing, we stand behind our work. Unlike most plumbing companies, we provide a warranty for up to 7 years on our trenchless pipe lining repairs.
Looking to get started on pipe lining? We’re happy to help! Request a free estimate and someone will contact you within 24 hours. If you require immediate assistance, please feel free to call us at (714) 290-0080.