What is CIPP?

When a pipe bursts underground, you find yourself looking at a host of unappealing options. You can’t let the pipe leak forever. A pipe that bursts while carrying sewage, instead of fresh water, creates bigger issues. The chemicals and hazardous waste can seep into your ground water or garden. CIPP is the solution to your problem. What is CIPP, and how can this pipe repair technique save you time and money?

The cured in place process

CIPP stands for cured-in-place pipe. It’s also referred to as the trenchless pipe or no-dig method. Cured-in-place pipe is an alternative to digging up sections of pipe and replacing them. Rather than having to disturb the topsoil, CIPP is used. 

By using liquid resin in conjunction with a textile tube, a new pipe is installed inside of the one that burst. Next, the textile tube is coated in resin and then placed inside of the old pipe. Compressed air gets the end of the textile pipe to the end of the section that needs to be replaced. Once the resin hardens into a plastic-like substance, you have a new, whole pipe inside of the broken pipe that was already there. Obviously, the process is a little more complicated in implementation than in concept. You can ask your CIPP installer for full, step-by-step instructions, but that’s the general idea. 

The pros of CIPP

Using CIPP in your next pipe repair is a great way to save time and money. The problem can be fixed in as little as a day, provided the temperature is right for the resin to set. This doesn’t include the evaluation time, of course. 

By repairing pipes in the ground instead of digging them up, you save on the amount of labor and damage. Digging out a length of pipe can ruin landscaping, flooring, even driveways and parts of homes. Using CIPP saves all of those things. 

Less time and less labor mean less money spent on pipe repairs. CIPP pipe repair also tends to last longer. Some models come with a fifty year expected life span. They’re resistant to corrosion and don’t rust, putting them ahead of the competition. Altogether, CIPP is a vastly preferable method of pipe repair any time that it’s possible. 

Cons of CIPP

CIPP isn’t going to work for every problem. If your pipe has burst in multiple places or has too large a hole in it, CIPP will not be a good fit. It relies on sticking mostly to your existing pipeline, and massive damage is going to need to be repaired separately. 

If improperly installed, CIPP can warp, bubble, and break. This kind of damage may be severe enough that a trench has to be dug anyway. Placing CIPP inside another CIPP pipe is not advised in most cases. All kinds of repairs have risks, and finding the right, reputable company to install your CIPP is essential. 

For many people, CIPP is a cost-effective and long term solution to a broken pipe. It’s a method of pipe repair that preserves their home and their land. CIPP is an in-ground pipe repair strategy that fixes pipes without destroying the ground over them.