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Sealing Up Cracked Pipes: Familiarizing With Pipe Relining Technology And Looking At Its Advantages

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Piping in your home can last anywhere between 20 years to over 100 years depending on the type of materials that have been chosen and the quality of the installation. Years of wear will eventually have a toll on the condition of the plumbing, and it is not uncommon for cracks to begin to emerge. A single crack can leak gallons of water out on a daily basis. If your pipes have cracked, you may believe that your only option is to get it replaced. This is not true. Thanks to technological advancements, you may opt for pipe relining instead. Here's a look at what pipe relining is and what it can do. 

What is Pipe Relining?

Pipe relining is not exactly new technology. In fact, it has been around for 25 years, and has a good track record. Pip relining is completed by inserting a special tube inside the plumbing. This tube has a felt impregnated fiberglass sheathing, and will have resin at the top. The resin will be used to seal the cracks completely and prevent leakages.

To determine where the cracks are located, most plumbers will first need to send in a sewer snake. The repairs are completed through a one way entry point, so pipe relining has minimal impact on the entire plumbing system. Pipe relining is recommended for cracks that are 3 to 8 inches in length. If the pipes have bursted completely, pipe relining will not be a possible option. 

What Are Some Advantages of Pipe Relining?

There are several advantages to pipe relining. Keep in mind that the other alternative is to replace the piping unit of the plumbing. Some common advantages will include:

  • time efficiency. If you opt for replacing the piping unit instead, the plumber will need to dig up a trench to locate the cracked pipe, and will then need to carefully remove the piping before welding in a new replacement. This can take hours and even days to complete. In comparison, pipe relining is a simple procedure that can be completed within a relatively short period of time.
  • convenience. Rather than having to excavate the entire property, you will only need a one way entry point when you opt for pipe relining. You can use a one way entry point that already exists in the plumbing system or you can dig up your own. Even if you have to make a one way entry point, the process will be a lot more convenient than having to excavate an entire yard. You will be able to preserve your landscaping if you opt for pipe relining. 
  • durability. Professional plumbers are able to offer warranty plans on the pipe relining that they perform. Some plumbers offer a lifetime warranty whereas others will have specified a certain amount of time. You will need to check with your contract. Pipe relining has been known to last for decades, if not an entire lifetime. 
  • cost efficiency. Pipe relining is much more cost effective than replacing an entire piping unit. You will be able to save money on not only the materials, but also on the equipment and the labor. 
  • performance. Pipe relining offers excellent results. The cracks will be completely sealed, and you will not have to worry about leaks anymore. 


If your pipes have cracks in them, do not worry. You do not have to necessarily get the pipes replaced. Instead, you can still opt for pipe relining. Pipe relining is simple and easy. There are many plumbers that specialize in this procedure and will be able to provide you with estimates on the approximate costs.