Commercial What is CIPP

Commercial Trenchless CIPP Restoration

Building Owners and Association Board Members understand the costs of building maintenance. Over time a building can be repainted and re-landscaped, but the internal, aging infrastructure remains hidden from view. Broken and cracked cast-iron drains used to require you to open floors, walls, and ceilings to replace those pipes the old fashioned way. Now, with the Cured-In-Place Piping System, roof stacks, horizontal lines, and sanitary drains can be restored from the inside using our “Pipe Within A Pipe” system without those added reconstruction costs.

What is Cured-In-Place Placing?

CIPP is a technology developed to rehabilitate sanitary drains and stacks by fixing them from the inside out. In the old days, the only cure for cracked and failing stacks was to tear open walls and ceilings to replace the piping, a very messy, time consuming and costly method. Then in the early years of Pipe Lining, there was pull in place or stop and start liners. While these early attempts at pipe restoration were better than the destructive old fashion method of ripping out entire pipes and replacing them, it was obvious that pipe restoration had a long way to go. Now, in the 21st century, “Continuous Air Inverted CIPP Pipelining” is the wave of the future. Continuous Air Inverted CIPP lining is a straight forward concept. A felt tube constructed of interwoven fibers and coated with PVC gives the liner structural stability. A two part epoxy resin is then introduced to the material and evenly distributed. This process is referred to as “The Wet Out”. The continuous liner is then inverted into the host pipe by “Air”.

Unlike the spotty adhesion problems of pull in place liners, FPS utilizes TRUE Air Inversion CIPP process. The lining material is literally turned “Inside out” during installation, allowing the resins to now make 100% contact with the host pipe. Once this full length continuous Liner is in place, a bladder-like calibration tube inside of it is inflated to a sufficient pressure to compress the liner against the host pipe. This allows a 100% water tight seal as it fills cracks, holes and splits in the host pipe. The resins then set up and harden during the “cure out” or “Curing” process. Once the “Curing” process is complete, the bladder is then deflated and removed. Now rather than merely having sections of your pipe lined, like the stop and start method or the problems of pull in place liners, this TRUE Air Inverted continuous CIPP Liner is a “pipe within a pipe” forming a continuous full length and STRUCTUAL repair. The laterals are now re-instated by an Optically Guided Robotic cutter. After completion, the client now has a continuously lined pipe from top to bottom that will last for many years to come.