As you read this article, it is probably safe to assume that you have either experienced a pinhole leak, have one currently or have a structure that is located in an area that is experiencing a high volume of these types of leaks. If so, you are probably considering Epoxy Pipe Lining as a viable solution to prevent future leaks – which is a great alternative to the traditional re-pipe.
The reason that the Epoxy Pipe Lining Process has really surfaced as the #1 alternative to the traditional re – pipe is due to lower cost, minimal demolition, minimal invasivness and longevity of the product . So what is the Epoxy Pipe Lining Process? What does it look like? What should you expect? Let’s Discuss This Further!
The Epoxy Pipe Lining Process Explained
Step #1 – Mobilization, Protection of Surfaces and Equipment Set-up
When the Epoxy Pipe Lining Crew arrives (mobilizes) on site, they will be bringing along their crew, service truck and generator. After arrival and the unloading of equipment, the crew will then proceed to protect your home or buildings surfaces with drop clothes or some type of protective measures.
Pictured Below are a few images that demonstrate what the protection of surfaces should be
Step #2 – Disassemble of Fixtures
Standard operating procedure for most Epoxy Pipe Lining companies is to disassemble fixtures at all connection points. This includes under most kitchen & bathroom sinks, at the shower valve, hose bibs, water heater, ice maker line and the main shut off.
** Most good companies in the industry will replace all angle stops, flex lines, ball valves at the water heater and pressure regulating valves.**
Step #3 – The Cleaning Process
After all the prep work is completed and hoses hooked up, the cleaning process commences. The cleaning process is necessary because it is essential to remove all of the residue build up in the pipe before the application of the epoxy. It also gives the Epoxy Lining a good surface to bond to.
The cleaning process is conducted using a garnet like material that is blown through the piping system at high pressure to clean the pipes from any residue or debris that could cause future damage or impede the Epoxy Pipe Lining process. Upon completion the sand or garnet like material is extracted from the opposite side of the system.
Step #4 – The Epoxy Pipe Lining Process
The Epoxy Pipe Lining Application Process is the most integral part of the entire process. The Epoxy is applied through your entire home through a closed system ( hoses hooked up to all connections) so you do not have to worry about any fumes, dust or debris. The curing time for the Epoxy is generally 8-12 hours and your system is ready for use again .
Step #5 – Completion
Upon completion of the job all fixtures will be re-assembled, system pressure tested and job clean up conducted. At this point, the entire system will be brought back up into service.