We get it – not everyone is going to be as passionate about relining as we are. However, we also know, that many of you may want more info. Below there is a collection of content, designed to educate you on the ins & outs of relining, whilst giving an outline of our industry and the technology in more detail. If that’s not enough, get in touch, we could talk about relining all day!
How do we reline your pipes without digging up your back yard?
The first step in the process is to use our CC.TV equipment (a fancy camera) to assess the pipes and locate the problem.
This is essential as we need to be sure which section of pipe is damaged and therefore, requires relining. Once the problem has been found, we scour the line clean with high-pressure water, to clear and debris.
This process allows us to devise a custom solution based on the amount of relining required and the access we have to the drainage system. Often, a plumber is able to provide a rough indication as to the scale of the job, however, it’s imperative that we go through this initial phase to establish the best solution and ultimately, only charge you for the work you need.
From here, we impregnate a felt tube with strong epoxy resin before deploying it within the existing, damaged pipe. We can deploy the new pipe in one of two ways, depending on the complexity of the job.
- In most cases, we can “invert” a long section of liner into the existing pipe at the same time as impregnating it with the resin. However;
- For smaller customised sections of pipe that require relining, we use a method called ‘tow in place’ which allows us to more easily navigate junctions.
Once in place, we inflate the tube with air, water or steam, which produces a solid structure and a brand new pipe within the existing one.
What is the ‘root’ of the problem?
Over time, pipes move, crack and generally deteriorate. No matter the quality of the installation.
This allows wastewater to escape the system, bringing with it a world of trouble – and so it begins. Tree roots love water, especially water from the sewer containing plenty of nutrients to help them grow (Yuk). They thrive in this environment and often grow at extremely quick rates. As they grow, roots can cause blockages within the pipe and can even break them apart as they expand.
Unfortunately, most of this disruption typically occurs underground, leaving you with no idea what is going on and a whole host of potential issues to deal with.
If left unattended (standard pressure included), the water starts to escape so much that it eventually drags in surrounding soil. this can cause subsidence and structural damage to surrounding objects such as walls, columns and footpaths and more often than not, completely ruining the pipe. Leaving you with little option but to dig up your backyard to replace it. If only you’d relined sooner, hey!
Identifying this problem early with the use of CC.TV can be invaluable and allows for a relining solution to be deployed in good time, ultimately saving time and disruption down the track.
Why is relining preferred to the traditional dig and replace?
After you’ve called your plumber to unblock your drain for the umpteenth time, you’re going to be a little fed up.
You need a long-term solution and despite their best and no doubt valiant efforts, your plumber is out of ideas. At this point, you’re faced with 2 options;
- Dig, and replace your existing pipes
- Don’t dig, and reline the existing pipes
With the technology available today, pipe relining is the preferred and ultimately superior option. You may be thinking ‘well they’re going to say that’, which is completely understandable. But here is why;
- Time – Pipe relining often takes less than half the time of traditional methods and depending on the location, can be exceedingly more efficient.
- Disruption (or lack of) – Disruptions of day to day living is one thing, but disruptions to the surrounding structural environment can be devastating in the long term. Relining is a completely non-invasive method from start to finish for both the home and those living in it.
- Cash – It only makes sense that a lack of mass excavation requires less labour, over less time. So in turn, relining will typically cost you less, not to mention a longer life expectancy for the newly relined pipe than a replacement.
The efficiency of the process, both in terms of time and money along with a manufacturer’s product guarantee of up to 50 years makes relining a no-brainer – duh!
Pipe relining is still somewhat of an unknown quantity for many.
Whilst we at Sydney Relining we’re committed to increasing the profile and education of our profession, some of the subtleties and finer details can be difficult to grasp. Especially if you’ve never heard of relining before your plumber tells you that you need it.
This can often present problems when comparing quotes and proposals from various suppliers. How do you know if you’re comparing apples with apples, or a Valiant Charger with a Porsche?
There are a number of factors to consider, depending on the job and provider. We’ve listed the big ones below, so you’re informed when you bite the bullet and commit to a long term relining solution:
- What reline material / product is being used? We use only the highest quality epoxy resin, make sure your quote includes the same!
- Is relining the core business of the provider, or just an add on? The latter will often incur significant overheads, compared to a professional relining outfit.
- Does your quote offer a guarantee? All quality relining products are insured by the manufacturer, so if this isn’t included, it should be! We offer a 20 year guarantee with all our installations.
- Is the quote more or less than a traditional ‘dig and replace’ solution? Relining is designed to be a cheaper, more sustainable solution, so bare this in mind.
If you’d like any more information around costs or relining in general, please contact Sydney Relining, we’re always up for a chat. Alternatively, give our free online estimate calculator a spin, it might help you make a more informed decision.
Are your pipes taking you for an expensive ride?
It’s often difficult to know when it’s time to reline.
The problem is typically buried by a couple of meters of dirt and you’ve only for your plumber’s word to act on. So what do you do?
As a rule, if you’ve called a plumber to fix the same problem more than once, chances are a reline solution will save time and money. Chronic drain problems covered by temporary, band-aid fixes, will always cost more than a sustainable, reline solution. Not to mention you get to cut out the agonising ritual of calling your new best mate, the plumber at 3am, only to sit there cradling a cup of decaf until they’ve plugged the leak for the next week and a half. Ultimately, you will need to either reline or replace the pipe eventually, so why not cut out the hassle and cut straight to the finish line?
Here is some simple math with some nice round numbers to illustrate the point:
Typical customer journey:
Blocked pipe identified and stop-gap solution implemented = $2,000
Problem resurfaces, more work required = $2,500
Another blockage, but this time on a bigger scale, more clean up and repairs = $3,000
Final straw, reline or replacement solution installed= $10,000
Sydney Relining customer journey:
Sydney Relining inspect and quote on a reline solution = $0
Deploy long term, reline solution = $10,000
The first option is the most common, however, is there really any need to go on this painful and expensive journey?
Get in touch with Sydney Relining to get a free estimate and save yourself a bunch of cash and sleepless nights.
Key things to consider when choosing your product.
Often, relining installers will carry a range of products and technologies from various manufacturers. For example, at Sydney Relining we carry products from the top 3 global manufacturers approved for use in Australia – LineTEC, Rhino Linings & Brawoliner. However, as the consumer, these names and brands probably mean as much to you as the NRL ladder does to your grandmother.
So how do you decide which one is right for you? There are a few key things to consider and questions to ask when weighing up your options.
Is the installer using EPOXY resin?
EPOXY resin is the industry standard when it comes to relining. If it’s not EPOXY resin, it’s no good.
Do the materials have the necessary approval for use in Australia?
This may seem like a very basic question and an even more basic requirement, but it is well worth asking. From time to time, industry rogues have been known to offer significantly discounted prices to use unauthorised materials.
Are the materials from a notable manufacturer?
The big three in Australia are LineTEC, Rhino Linings & Brawoliner and as such, the vast majority of reputable relining companies will carry one of these brands. Therefore the more pressing question may be, which one to pick? Much like the nuances between a BMW, Mercedes or Audi, there is very little difference in these systems other than the badge and price, as all of them offer the same long terms benefits. What it often comes down to is the personal preference of the installer, which in our opinion, shouldn’t be the deciding factor. At Sydney Relining, we’re technology agnostic and guarantee all of our installations for 25 years, regardless of what product we use.
If you have any questions about materials, please feel free to pick up the phone, we love to talk tech!
What are the restrictions on water usage whilst work is underway?
Big meeting at work? Kids to get off to school? No worries.
Water cleans us, makes our coffee, we’re made of it, and therefore can’t live without it.
One of the most common concerns of our customers is around the period they will have to endure without this most important of substances. Not to worry, you won’t have to.
Throughout the relining process, water restrictions are not quite as stringent as you may think. In the majority of cases, water restrictions will only start at 9 am, giving you and the family time to get properly prepared for your day and go through your morning routine. Then, once we get started, you can still use the taps so long as nothing goes down the sink, so coffee is a go! Most importantly, restrictions only apply during work hours, once we’ve left the site, it is business as usual.
This is one of many common concerns when considering a relining solution. If you have any queries, concerns or you simply want to chat, give us a call anytime and we will run you through the ins and outs.