The Risks of Trench Based Techniques

Pipe replacement today is very focused on trenchless pipe repair. Traditional methods of replacing or repairing pipes, which depended on trenches being dug, are slowly being phased out. In many situations, it is simply more beneficial to use trenchless technology. Of course, many people still use the traditional methods instead. For most contractors, this is the easy way out. No additional training has to be done to perform the standard pipe repair procedure. However, there are certain risks and disadvantages of trench-based techniques that make it less than ideal today. Here are some of these cons.

Opens You Up to Fines

You aren’t allowed to disrupt the flow of traffic on the street without a permit. This is a well-known fact, strictly enforced in the cities today. If you’re using trench based pipe replacement, you’re going to dig up a large portion of the ground. If the pipe runs parallel to or across a street, you may have to dig here too. This can severely restrict the flow of traffic up and down the road.If you leave the trenches open for too long, you could find yourself the recipient of hefty fines from the city council or the police department. Anyone who reports your disruption of traffic can and will be able to see your excavations turn into a big issue.

You Run the Risk of Going Over Budget

This is probably one of the scariest parts of the process. Traditional pipe repair is simply not as affordable as trenchless pipe repair. The cost of digging up large parts of the ground and then restoring it when the work is done is simply too much. You have to factor in the budget of the work being done to understand the negative impact it will have on your proposed budget. Trench-based repair techniques can result in huge collateral costs. This isn’t factoring in just how much you will have to pay if you are fined for the disruption of public activity.

Danger to General Public and Workers

Some pipes are located deep underground and therefore won’t be easy to reach by digging a trench. Even when it is dug, there is the added safety concern that arises. A trench that is many feet deep can prove to be a falling hazard for anyone nearby. If the full length of the trench isn’t clearly marked, it is only a matter of time until someone falls in when the light is failing. This is a huge risk as it can lead to insurance problems and even lawsuits. People who are injured by the trenches are well within their rights to sue for compensation.

The Risk of Punching Through a Gas Line

This is probably one of the biggest risks of using trench-based technology instead of trenchless pipe repair. You are digging into the ground, through which pipes containing gas and water may be running. If you don’t know exactly where to dig that is safe, you run the risk of puncturing one of these lines. This counts as the destruction of public property. You’re also putting a lot of your workers at risk of exploding gas lines when they hit them while digging. These lines pose another problem – if you break one and don’t realize it, the pipes you’re replacing could be contaminated too. In addition to this, people could die due to the gas leak.

Trench-based pipe repair techniques have many risks associated with them. You have to understand them all before going ahead with replacement. Time and money can never bring back lost lives due to negligence. Trenchless pipe repair is quickly becoming the common choice because of the lack of these risks.

How CIPP and Slip Lining Stack Up

At their core, CIPP and slip lining are similar processes. They both install a new pipe inside your old. They both give you a functional, new pipe without having to dig up your old one. Considered trenchless pipe repair, CIPP and slip lining are great for your landscaping and your finances. However, CIPP edges out the competition in several key ways. This article will address the ways that CIPP stands out from slip lining. 

Slip lining is grouted

Slip lining involves threading a smaller pipe through your existing, or “host”, pipe. The ends are then sealed with a grout so that there’s only one solid line between the old pipe and the new entrance. This seal is heavy and may pose difficulty if it breaks down. 

On the other hand, CIPP doesn’t rely on grout to form a seal around the pipe. CIPP doesn’t have to be flush with the host pipe to be effective. This also allows smaller access ports for CIPP installation. After all, less work is done at the ends than with slip lining. 

CIPP is cured in place

CIPP stands for “Cured in place pipe” and lives up to its name. CIPP enters your host pipe as a flexible felt liner soaked in a mixture of epoxy and resin. This allows it to conform to the shape of your host pipe. If your pipe has suffered some pressure and is no longer perfectly round, CIPP can adapt to the shape that it is. Once the liner is in place, hot air is forced through the length of the pipe. It easily hardens into a brand new pipe. 

Slip lining puts an entire, already made pipe inside your other pipe. This pipe has less flexibility than a cured in place pipe. It’s also more difficult to get a custom size of premade pipe than it is to make a custom size felt liner. If your pipes are of unusual size, it may be more difficult to slip line them than to have CIPP installed.

Slip lining is an older process

Slip lining actually pre-dates CIPP. Slip lining got its start in the 1940s. CIPP didn’t come along until thirty years later, beginning in the England in the 1970s. CIPP technology is more up to date. It uses technology that wasn’t around when slip lining became popular. They both work to achieve the same ends, but CIPP is a more modern application of the same idea: trenchless pipe replacement. 

CIPP is thinner

One drawback to sip lining is that you will be losing a lot of the space in your pipe. Slip lining requires a lot of space to work. This drastically reduces the size of the pipe that you have to work with. Many industrial sites can’t afford to lose the amount of space that slip lining gives up. CIPP, on the other hand, is much thinner. The resulting pipe is strong enough that you can get a large, strong pipe that’s only ¼ to ½ an inch thick. 

CIPP and slip lining have the same goal: trenchless pipe replacement. CIPP is a more modern, flexible process that requires less work. Moreover, it lets you keep your pipes closer to their original size.  

Pipe Restoration without Disturbing the Peace

Pipe restoration is often a noisy, messy process. It can damage your landscaping and your building. It eats through your goodwill with your neighbors as their clients get treated to the wonderful sounds of construction outside. In some severe cases, traffic may need to blocked off, disrupting the peace and disturbing everyone in the vicinity.  Alternatively, with CIPP you get pipe restoration without destroying your property or your reputation with the neighbors.

Pristine landscape

Traditional pipe restoration involves digging up the broken, damaged, or corroded pipes and physically replacing them. The downside to this is that it causes severe damage to your landscaping. Even is your plants aren’t torn up by digging the trenches, they can still be affected. Trees are especially vulnerable to pipe restoration. Even small trees have large, strong root systems that keep them in place and gather water for them. Pipes are a great source of moisture. It’s very common for trees all around your property to have their roots around some or all of your water-bearing pipes. Pipe restoration can break these roots, causing the trees great harm.

Intact building

If the pipe that needs to be relined runs under your building, you may be facing even more costly repairs. You could have to dig up a path, a driveway, or even some of the flooring inside the house. It depends on how far you have to go to trade the broken pipe back to its source. CIPP doesn’t need huge trenches to restore your pipes. You can use a simple access hole at either end of the pipe to be relined and that will work just fine. 

Low noise pollution

CIPP is a quick process. Additionally, there’s no need for a lot of loud excavation. You won’t have to bring in a jackhammer to get to the pipe beneath your parking lot, for example. Low noise pollution means that your neighboring businesses won’t be too fed up with you by the end of your repairs. It’s always important to maintain a good image. CIPP helps you do that by not contributing to noise pollution in your area.

No need for traffic-blocking access to pipes

Many CIPP installations can be done in as little as a day. On the off chance that your team needs access to the road, for example, to place a robot that will perform a video inspection, they’ll be in and out quickly. This saves you from adding even more noise pollution in the form of honking drivers eager to get passed your work site. Additionally, you don’t need access to the whole pipe to reline it. You can set your access points to out of the way locations and simple reline the pipe slightly more if need be. CIPP doesn’t disturb traffic the way that digging up your sidewalk could. 

CIPP is a great method of alternative pipe restoration. It won’t drive the neighboring businesses crazy with noise or traffic. You can maintain your reputation in the local community. Best of all, you won’t have to worry about replanting your landscape or fixing the floors in your building. CIPP truly keeps the peace. 

The Value of Municipal Pipe Camera Inspections

Municipal pipe camera inspections are a great way to verify the state of your pipes. Advanced Pipe Repair has the technology to offer the most cutting edge camera inspections. You can know quickly what state your pipe is in, and if you have any cross bores. The technology that makes this possible is light, small, and powerful. The cutting edge has arrived. 

Identify cross bores

Municipal pipe camera inspections are key to identifying cross boring. These mistakes result when pipe work is done without due diligence. Either a new contractor makes a mistake reading a pipe chart of the area, or a previous contractor improperly registers changes made to your grounds. Between the two, one pipe cross bored through another. 

In some cases, pipe boring is just an expensive mistake. Yes, your pipes are damaged. You’re leaking whatever the damaged pipe was carrying. In the event of water, that’s just a hassle. If the damaged pipe is carrying sewage or natural gas, you could have a larger problem on your hands. Cross bores have been blamed for explosions on properties where natural gas or sewer vapor was allowed to mix with an electrical cable. Even in a best-case scenario, you’re losing a valuable utility. 

Prepare for installation

Municipal pipe camera inspections can ensure that your pipe is prepped for CIPP installation. You can make sure that it’s clean enough and in good shape. A collapsed or corroded pipe won’t be able to host the new liner that you’re going to install. Double checking with video inspections is a great final step before CIPP installation. 

The technology that makes it possible

The ability of Advanced Pipe Repair to perform these checks depends on the latest in robotic technology. The robotic inspector is slim, small, and fitted with a variety of hardware to make inspecting pipes easy. First of all, the robot is fitted with a tractor body that makes it easy for it to cross uneven terrain. A main pipeline is hardly ever perfectly clean and smooth. This robot can handle a bumpy ride. 

Just because the ride is bumpy, it doesn’t mean the video has to be as well. Advanced Pipe Repair’s robot comes with self-leveling technology to ensure that the picture is clear for the technicians reviewing your pipe. It allows the robot to pass over difficult to navigate terrain, from a clogged pipe to offset joints, without sacrificing picture quality. 

Finally, with 2,000 feet of cable, this robot is prepared to go as far as your pipes will take it. It can navigate through pipes thirty inches and larger. This is enough to take you from the main sewer line all the way into the interior of the pipe. Whether your pipes are pressed for space or cavernous, Advance Pipe Repair’s robotic camera can perform high quality inspections. 

Whether you’re looking to replace your pipes, or you just want to be sure you’re not suffering from cross boring, Advanced Pipe Repair is there. Municipal pipe camera inspections are quick, high quality, and versatile. Advanced Pipe Repair’s new technology makes seeing your pipes easier than ever.