Is CIPP Repair an Option for My Sewer Pipe Problems?

Digging up a sewer line is one of the many homeowner nightmares you may have. First, there’s the labor to dig the trench and replace the pipe. After that, however, you have to restore the landscaping, driveway, and anything else that was disturbed in digging the trenches. Additionally, if your trench has to extend into the street, you now have to pay for repairs to the city or county sewage line in addition to restoring your own property. As an alternative, you mightbe seriously considering CIPP repair for the first time. However, you want to make sure a cured in place pipe can really handle your sewage problems.

CIPP can handle sewage flow

The shortest answer possible is that yes, CIPP can handle sewage. There’s nothing about a cured in place pipe that makes it unable to handle the flow of sewage. People frequently worry that there will be some chemical issue. For example, the resin won’t be able to handle sewage as well as metal or other plastic pipes. There’s no need to worry on that front. CIPP repairs for sewage problems are common.

CIPP repair doesn’t work on collapsed pipes

Classic CIPP repair doesn’t work on pipes that have totally collapsed. The resin-soaked tube is expanded with air to stick to the sides of the pipe. It then cures against the pipe. A collapsed pipe requires more force in order to open the remains of the broken pipe again. While cured in place pipe repair may not work, there is another kind of trenchless pipe repair that might. Pipe bursting is a process that drags an already made pipe through the remains of the old. This may be an option if your pipes have collapsed.

The Cost

CIPP starts at a higher price per foot than some traditional pipe repairs, but not all. Where you save money is the lack of restorative work. It may be cheaper to replace a broken pipe the traditional way until you factor in the rest of the costs. Driveways and paths can be restored for a price. Landscaping often cannot be fully restored. Established plants that are removed may not return to their former health and size for several years even if they’re replaced with new, healthy bushes. Given the savings down the road (and the many reasons people may wish to preserve particular features of their house and landscape), it pays to look into any options to avoid traditional pipe replacement. 

When facing pipe repair, CIPP is an affordable option. It requires less digging, mess, and restoration. Additionally, knowing the condition of your pipes and where the repair needs to made, will help you determine if CIPP is right option. While CIPP won't work on a collapsed pipe, there are other trenchless pipe repair options available. If the repair occurs at a jointed pipe, CIPP may not be the right option, but you can repair sections of pipe before or after the joint. Don't fret about repairing your sewage pipes. CIPP repair can handle sewage flow. For the majority of pipe setups and sewer pipe problems, it’s a simple fix that will save you both money and time.