Cured in place pipes are a great solution to many plumbing problems. They’re more durable and require less upkeep than traditional pipes. If you want to maintain your CIPP lines, focus on proper cleaning and preventative maintenance. Pipe maintenance is always less stressful than pipe repair. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, whether you have conventional plumbing or CIPP!
Get off to a good start
If you’ve already had your CIPP pipes installed, it’s a bit late for this advice. Nevertheless, the best way to keep your pipes strong is to make sure they start out that way. Third party inspection of CIPP is common. It ensures that your pipes were installed correctly. Most of the problems with CIPP occur when they’re first installed. If resin dries unevenly, incompletely, or even too quickly, it can result in weak spots and flaking. It's a good idea to get your pipes inspected at installation so you know that you’re off to a good start.
Avoid abrasive solutions to clogs
Most damage that's done to cured in place pipes is done by well-meaning homeowners. If you have a clog in your drain, it’s simple to call the plumber and have them snake or cable the blockage. Abrasive cleaning like this is very damaging to the CIPP pipes. The resin has to be even and stable in order to maintain its strength. Snakes and pipe cleaning cables can gouge and damage the pipe, making your clogged problem much, much worse.
Inform your plumber of your pipe’s CIPP composition right away. They’re going to need to bring a hydro jet to clean the pipe. It can be as effective as a cable. It uses high pressure water to break up the clog and push it away. Even though hydro cleaning takes a little longer, because it’s non-abrasive your CIPP stays strong and hardy.
Be cautious with chemical cleaners
Reach out to your CIPP installer to find any specific recommendations for chemical cleaners. In general, CIPP holds up well to chemical cleaners. You should still be careful during their application. Highly abrasive chemicals can pose a threat to your pipes that is similar, though less severe as snaking clogs. When in doubt, play it safe and use the hydro jet.
Get your CIPP pipes inspected
Yearly to semi-yearly pipe inspections are recommended for both traditional and cured in place pipes. Remember, pipe maintenance prevents disaster. It should be noted that most homeowners turn to CIPP when they have a pipe emergency. Repeated pipe maintenance becomes an expensive nuisance, and homeowners go looking for a better solution and find CIPP. Not providing preventative maintenance can put you back in that situation.
Wrap up against the cold
This piece of common sense often gets lost in waves of maintenance tips. Once the resin is dry it forms a hard pipe that doesn’t fare much better than traditional pipes if it freezes. Be sure to wrap any exposed pipes to help you avoid pipe cracking and splitting.
In summary, cured in place pipes don’t require a lot of unusual maintenance. Remember to avoid abrasive chemicals and clog-busters. Wrap it up well against the cold. Don't hesitate to reach out to your plumber or installation team if you have any questions. In general, CIPP stays strong by starting strong. Pipe maintenance starts with a strong foundation.