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What is Drain Relining & Why is it Important?

When walking around your home, it’s easy to notice the issues that need to be repaired. However, it’s easier to focus on repair issues that are easy to spot rather than invisible issues around your home. Damaged drain pipes are notoriously difficult to detect and can be a regular nuisance for homeowners.

Prior to the 1970s, homeowners needing to fix damaged drain pipes would have to contend with endless drilling and dust as pipes were excavated in order to be replaced. It’s a complex and expensive process as damaged pipes are usually buried metres underground, and infrastructure such as roads and driveways often need to be removed. Thankfully, modern technology has come to the rescue, providing an alternative and non-invasive solution to digging up drains. This solution is known as drain lining.

What is drain lining?

Drain lining is a great way to ensure minimal damage to your driveway and drainage system. It’s a process that involves lining the inside of the drain with material that connects to the inside of the pipe. This material covers cracks or breaks in the pipework, which enables it to function without leaking. It’s a non-invasive method that can help repair leaking joints, cracks or root intrusions without resorting to the traditional method of excavation.

Why is drain lining important?

Aside from being a great, non-invasive solution to repairing your damaged pipes, there are countless advantages to choosing drain lining as your primary method for fixing cracks or leaks. Here are a few of its advantages:

1. It’s Cost-Effective

It’s a cost-effective solution for rehabilitating damaged pipes. Traditional pipe replacement involves significant excavation and labour costs, making it more expensive and disruptive. Drain lining eliminates or minimises the need for excavation, resulting in cost savings when it comes to repairing leaky or cracked pipes.

2. Extends Pipe Lifespan

By reinforcing the structural integrity of existing pipes, drain lining extends the lifespan of drainage and sewer systems. It prevents further damage, cracks, and leaks, reducing the frequency of repairs and replacements. It also helps improve water flow as it’s designed with a low-friction surface.

3. Quick Installation

Drain lining can be completed relatively quickly compared to traditional pipe replacement, minimising downtime for sewer and drainage systems. For example, larger jobs which would often take weeks to repair can now be completed in a few days. The same is true for smaller jobs, which can be completed in a few hours. This is especially beneficial when it comes to emergencies such as broken sewer pipes.

4. A Versatile Solution

Drain lining can be applied to a wide range of pipe materials, including clay, concrete, PVC, and more. It’s also versatile and adaptable to various pipe sizes and shapes as it can be customised to fit small-diameter pipes, large culverts, or even irregularly shaped pipes. It’s the perfect solution, no matter your drainage system!

5. Prevents Root Intrusion

Tree roots are known to cause major destruction when it comes to your pipes, resulting in slow water flow. Or worse, collapsed drains. Drain lining actually has the ability to create a seamless, watertight barrier that prevents tree roots from infiltrating pipes, providing a long-term solution to tree intrusion.

How to know when it’s time to reline your drains

Without the eyes of an expert, it’s almost impossible for you to detect whether your drain pipes need to be relined. However, there are a few tell-tale signs you can look out for if you’re looking to stay on top of damaged drains.

1. Frequent Blockages

If you experience frequent or recurring blockages in your drains, it could indicate that there are underlying issues, such as root intrusion, cracks, or corrosion. These problems may necessitate drain relining to address the root cause.

2. Foul Odours

Foul or sewage-like odours coming from your drains or within your property are a clear sign of a drainage problem. It could be due to leaks, damaged seals, or broken pipes, which may require relining to seal and restore the integrity of the pipes.

3. Pooling Water

Puddles of water in your yard or anywhere on your property can be indicative of leaks or cracks in your drainage system. Relining can address these leaks, preventing water damage and potential foundation issues, which can be a costly affair.

Call the Experts

Drain relining can be a great way to ensure your property remains free from the headaches of frequent blockages, odours, and property damage. But who do you call to make sure you're being proactive?

Clearpath Drainage is experienced in tackling foul odours and frequent blockages, relying on the efficient and non-invasive method of drain lining to ensure your drainage systems are flowing smoothly.

Our experienced team is always ready to lend a helping hand - 24/7. Speak to our experts today to find out how we can help you!

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