Residential Drain: The Process and Benefits

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Residential CIPP Restoration

As homes age, some homeowners are find themselves confronted with cracked, deteriorating, or broken drain lines. Replacing a drain line the old fashioned way can make the inside of your home look like a construction site. Residential CIPP pipelining is the solution. With residential trenchless lining, a new drain line can be installed with only a few small access points.

Residential CIPP Process

CCTV Investigation
The first step in the drain line restoration process is to have a Closed Circuit Television Inspection of the drain lines. 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 see what condition your drainage system is in.

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 “Vapor” Machine we can fill the drain line with a non-toxic, visible vapor 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 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 walls 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, and the lines are clean, the drain line restoration process can begin. The CIPP process utilizes a specially manufactured heavy duty multi-layer felt liner material in the form of a tube that is saturated with a special 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. This tube is compressed to the inner walls of the drain pipe and is allowed to cure so as to lock the tube into position. Once the curing process is complete the seamless tube has now become a structural pipe within a pipe.

The Benefits of CIPP to a Residential Homeowner?

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

  1. A permanent solution to home owners who have older homes 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 home. That means not having to damage tile or wood floors to get to the problem the old fashioned way. That means not having to buy new tiles for the floor. That also means no remodeling labor costs to put back your home in order after the drains have been restored.
  3. The biggest benefit of choosing Residential CIPP is the minimal amount of time that the home owners are inconvenienced compared with mechanical repair methods.
  • 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


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