Commercial Drain: The Process and Benefits

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 costs.

Commercial CIPP Process

CCTV Investigation
The first step in the drain line restoration process is Closed Circuit Television Inspection. By placing a specially designed digital, self-illuminated camera into the drainage system Technicians are able to view the condition of your pipes underground, under slab, or behind walls. The camera also gives them the ability to track the running length of the pipe, and to trace the location of the pipe. Our Technicians make a video recording of the inside of your pipes so that our pipe-lining specialists can determine how to proceed in the repair process.

Odor Detection
Sometimes a drain system has a crack in a pipe that does not leak water. Instead, it leaks sewer odor. If the crack is small the crack in the pipe can be difficult to find. FPS has the equipment and trained Technicians to detect odors coming from drain lines with hairline cracks. Using a specially developed “Smoke” Machine we can fill the drain line with a non-toxic, visible smoke that can be seen as it escaping from a cracked line. That exit point is then marked and that pipe can now be restored to use using our CIPP Process.


Hydro-Jet Pipe Cleaning
The next step in the drain line restoration process is the Hydro-Jet Cleaning Process. Many times the CCTV Inspection will reveal a build-up of grease, sludge, roots, or other debris inside of the drain lines. The initial CCTV Investigation may even have been hampered due to significant debris in the pipes that prevented the CCTV Inspection from viewing the entire drainage system. In that case it will be necessary to clean the drain lines using a Hydro-Jet Cleaner. This is a specially designed high-pressure water spray system that can remove, grease, sludge and debris from the interior wall of the drain pipes. Once the pipes are cleaned the CCTV Investigation can then continue so that the entire drainage system is inspected.

Cured-In-Place Pipe Restoration
Once the preliminary inspection of the drainage system is complete the drain line rehabilitation process can begin. The CIPP process utilizes a specially manufactured heavy duty multi-layer felt liner material in the form of a tube that has been saturated with an epoxy resin. The coated tube is now inserted into the drain line and by the use of an air inversion technique, the liner becomes a form fitting tube compressed to the inner walls of the drain pipe and allowed to cure so as to lock the tube into position. Once the curing process is complete the seamless tube has now become a pipe within a pipe.

Commercial CIPP Benefits

The CIPP Cured-In-Place Pipe Restoration Process offers:

  1. A permanent solution to building owners who have older buildings with aging, clay and cast-iron drain piping as the minimum design life of the CIPP pipe is 50 years.
  2. A method of restoring pipes that does not require opening and exposing floors in your facility. That means not having to damage floors to get to the problem the old fashioned way. That also means no remodeling costs to put back your building put in order after the drains have been restored.
  3. The biggest benefit if choosing Commercial CIPP is the minimal amount of time that the buildings tenants are inconvenienced. Commercial CIPP is the fastest solution for an underground pipe restoration. The process itself is fast because there is very little digging.
  • Lower Overall Cost
  • No extra repair costs to the building or grounds
  • Much less down time
  • Less Inconvenience to the Company
  • Pipe Life is estimated at 50 years
  • Seamless means no joints to leak
  • Smooth interior surface improves flow capacity
  • No damage to interior walls
  • No damage to foundation
  • Eliminate Root Intrusion
  • Bridges the Gap where sections are missing
  • Can re-line almost any pipe material


Commercial Drain: Key Features

Key Features of LMK’s Performance Liner® Lateral Lining System

The Performance Liner Lateral System is a unique cured in-place process that allows the installer the freedom to position the liner anywhere in the pipe by inserting through a cleanout. The liner can be directed either upstream or downstream using LMK’s patented guide shoe. LMK’s Lateral system is truly a zero dig situation for renewing lateral pipes since the entire process can be completed through a cleanout. Gasket sealing “O” rings are placed at the upstream and downstream ends of the liner providing a verifiable non-leaking lateral liner that is compatible with all types of piping. LMK’s lateral liners also include compressible material at the upstream end of the liner producing a smooth tapered transition to the old pipe. This process renews laterals from 4 to 8 inches in diameter in continuous lengths up to 130′. Inversion tanks come in two sizes (36″ or 18″) and are equipped with a camera port so the liner can be visually inspected under pressure for proper placement prior to the liner being cured.*

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