Relining a pipe can be a tiring and frustrating endeavor. On top of the work involved, relining pipes in a home or building often forces you to tear up surrounding walls and floors. The process can be long and drawn out, and in some cases makes homes uninhabitable during the relining procedure. There is, however, a new type of relining procedure called "Reline A Pipe," which involves inserting an inflatable lining coated with a bonding adhesive. The lining expands, bonding to the crack or hole in the pipe and filling it. This procedure will save you a great deal of money and avoid the turmoil of tearing apart a house to fix the pipes.
Things You'll Need
- Scorpion cutters
- Epoxycoated lining
- Inflatable bladder
Extract all the dust and debris that accumulated in the pipes with the scorpion cutters. Dirt and debris will form a barrier between the epoxy and the new lining, and result in a failed relining process.
Wrap the epoxy-coated lining around the inflatable bladder and insert it into the pipe. The epoxy will bind to the inside of the pipe and create a reinforced lining around the crack in the pipe. Allow several hours for the epoxy to bind to the pipe properly.
Remove the inflatable bladder. The bladder will easily detach from the lining, which is now bonded to the inside.
Tips & Warnings
- Local plumbers will know which hardware/plumbing stores have Reline A Pipe kits available for purchase.
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