Can Pipes Be Relined More Than Once?

The long-term effects of CIPP treatments are of utmost importance when considering the long-term feasibility of CIPP. However, one common that question often arises, is whether CIPP is a repeatable option. Can cured in place pipes be relined more than once? With traditional pipe repairs, work must be repeated every few years, as problems creep back in. Does CIPP offer the same repeatable method of repair, and is it even needed? The short answer: there's no reason cured in place pipes cannot be relined. Is it necessary, though? Let's take a closer look at why that is.

CIPP can bond with plastic pipes

CIPP can bond to PVC and other plastic polymer pipes. Epoxy could be used to bind CIPP to a pipe that’s already been fitted with CIPP. In fact, similar methods can be used to repair CIPP that’s flaked or been damaged by improper cleaning. Yes, it is possible to reline pipes more than once. With that matter settled, the real question is why anyone would need to. 

CIPP lining doesn’t break down the same way

CIPP lining is very sturdy. They don’t allow for the same problems that traditional pipes do. For example, tree roots cannot intrude into cured in place pipes. Tree roots can cause thousands of dollars in damages every year. CIPP will nip tree root intrusions in the bud for the life of the pipe. With metal pipes a host of issues can cause leaks and breakdowns. On the other hand, CIPP lining is resistant to many common problems. This removes the need to think of a pipe repair solution that can be repeated every few years. Instead of focusing on future repairs, turn your attention to proper use and maintenance when you reline pipes. 

One of the only things that can get to a CIPP line before its time is misuse. When a CIPP line clogs,, you should inform your plumber of the pipe’s relined status. Certain scraping tools shouldn’t be used in a relined pipe. Scrapers can damage the resin, causing weak points and even flakes and breaking in the pipe. The solution is simple: don’t reline a pipe and then use improper tools. In that event, it may be possible to simply patch the weakened CIPP lining. Therefore, fully relining the cured in place pipe process is typically unnecessary. 

CIPP should be made to last

Choosing to reline your pipes isn’t an issue your company can expect to face again. CIPP should be built to last. A properly installed relined pipe should last thirty to forty years. That is more than enough time to decide on a course of action for the next replacement. Traditional pipes often require more maintenance and preventative replacement over the course of the pipe’s active “lifespan”. As an alternative, CIPP gives your company breathing room from further repairs. 

Relining pipes that have previously taken a CIPP treatment is possible. If you’re going to reline your pipes, however, you should focus more on proper installation and then maintenance. Doing so will ensure that you don’t need to make any decisions about your next pipe system for a long, long time.