Why is CIPP Better than Traditional Pipe Repair?

Traditional pipe repair has three major drawbacks. It’s slow, it’s expensive, and it often involves digging up a portion of your home, yard, or driveway. CIPP is better than traditional pipe repair on every level. CIPP is a quicker, cheaper, and less invasive solution to leaking or broken pipes.

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CIPP is quick

The cured in place pipe process is usually, fairly quick. While no form of pipe repair currently available is able to be completed start to finish in a day, CIPP takes less time than digging a trench, connected a new pipe, and repairing the damage done to your property. By contrast, CIPP only needs time to cure. This time could be as little as one hour to as many as thirty hours, depending on the kind of pipe that it’s replacing and the diameter of that pipe. The curing process is labor intensive as the quality of the cure must be monitored. Once the cure is set, however, there’s very little that still needs to be done. If a small access point had to be dug to get to the pipe, that has to be replaced. If an existing access point was used, the only thing that has to be done once the pipe repair is complete is pack up the equipment.

Total cost is down

CIPP repairs start out at a more expensive level than most traditional pipe replacement. Lowe  estimates for CIPP will tend to be higher than low estimates for traditional pipe repair. However, as the length and complexity of the repair increases, the price for traditional pipe repair increases more quickly. Part of this is due to the difference in labor between CIPP and traditional pipe repair.

CIPP doesn’t require a trench to be dug. This saves money on labor, both before and after the actual replacement of the pipe. Additionally, CIPP doesn’t tend to require as many workers at the job site. Fewer man hours mean a smaller bill at the end of the repair.

Less invasive than traditional pipe repair

Trenchless pipe repair involves disturbing the ground above the pipe for the entire length of the replacement. This could involve digging into the floor of your home, under the garage, or through your landscaping. This trench, then becomes an eyesore. Even after replacing the pipe and filling in the trench, you may be facing additional costs to repair your driveway or replant your trees or flowerbeds. Some plants and home features hold sentimental value that cannot be recaptured by simply replacing the destroyed plants.

CIPP only requires a small access point at either end of the repair. In some cases, an existing opening, such as a man hole, is used. In the event that a new access point does need to be dug, the hole is very small. In some instances, owner preference is taken into account, when choosing where to place the access point.

Based on these three example, CIPP is indeed, better option than traditional pipe repair.  It doesn’t damage the rest of the property when fixing only one pipe. It takes less time, and in many cases actually costs less money than traditional pipe repair. To protect your home and landscape, choose trenchless pipe repair.