What is Pipe Relining and why is it so effective?

There once was a time when a damaged or blocked pipe in your sewer or septic system meant digging a massive trench through your landscaping to remove and replace the sections of pipe. Talk about every homeowner’s or building owner’s worst nightmare! Today, we are one of only a few companies that use advanced technology to reline and repair your pipes, making them stronger than new, and all with minimal or no digging involved.



What is pipe relining?

Pipe relining, also known as Cured In-Place Pipelining (CIPP) is a state-of-the-art restoration process for renewing cracked, corroded, or broken pipes from the inside, without digging up your yard. Essentially, a new pipe is created inside the existing damaged one using a special resin, sealing off cracks and promoting a better flow of sewage through the pipe. The relined section seals tightly against the rest of the existing pipe system, so there are no leaks or further breaks.


While it may sound like relined pipes are less resilient than installing a new pipe system, this is a myth! In many cases, the rehabilitated pipe has an increased flow rate, sealed cracks, durable joints and is stronger than a new pipe.


How does it work?


Inspect and clean the pipes – First we use a camera to assess your existing plumbing system and locate areas of damaged pipes. We then clear any blockages and use high-pressure water jetting to clean the pipes, so the resin adheres properly. As the name suggests, high-pressure water jetting involves blasting water at extremely high pressure (up to 3000 PSI) through the pipe system to clear out blockages and strip away built-up grease, waste, and tree roots.


Create and insert a custom pipe lining – The epoxy resin is the key to the whole process. Our certified technicians create a resin-saturated felt tube, made of polyester or fiberglass, and insert it into the damaged pipe. We use only high-quality materials from suppliers certified according to local building standards. Our pull-in place process uses non-destructive technology; allowing us to complete the work of relining your pipes without interrupting the daily activities of your home or business.


Cured in-place pipe restoration process – which essentially hardens it into a pipe within a pipe; sealing cracks and eliminating weakened joints so there is no chance of groundwater pollution.


Finishing touches – We use grinders to smooth the interior surface of the new relined pipe. If needed.


Check and test the relined pipe – Once we’re done, we’ll send the camera back in to make sure everything has been installed and sealed properly.


(nuflow is the brand of relining systems that we use)


Pros of pipe relining


  • Stronger and More Durable: The addition of the resin pipe into the old pipe reinforces the system, effectively creating two pipes within one system. This new system becomes stronger and more durable than even brand-new pipes installed the traditional way.

  • Trenchless Process: Minimal or no disruption to the landscape means your plants and other ground covering materials remain undisturbed while you get a better than new set of pipes!

Cons of pipe relining


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Which pipe systems can be relined?


Pipe relining can be used with:

  • main drains

  • horizontal laterals

  • vertical stacks

  • sanitary systems

  • storm and roof drains


What affects the price of a pipe reline job?


The most significant factor in pricing your pipe relining is the diameter and length of pipe sections that need to be repaired. The larger the pipe, the more resin, liner, and time we need, so the higher the cost.


When can’t pipe relining be used?


No amount of lining can create a new outer pipe, so completely broken pipe components will have to be replaced. Our process will ensure that the outer surface of the pipe is sufficient before relining. By scheduling annual inspections of your sewer or septic system, you can help ensure that damage areas are identified early enough that pipe relining is still a viable solution for your system.


Pipe relining is the future


Fun fact! The EPA has launched a nationwide initiative to separate storm water from sanitary sewage water, because when storm water enters the pipes (due to pipe wear and tear or tree root intrusion) it costs water treatment plants a lot more money to treat the water so that it’s acceptable for drinking. Due to high costs, some treatment plants have been known to take shortcuts, leading to health risks and fines imposed by the EPA. This initiative is significant because pipe relining is going to become the key to preserving the integrity of the pipes and preventing storm water contamination, all without the costs and landscaping impacts of traditional “dig and replace” methods.


We’ve got your back


At ADB, we are experienced in CIPP pipe relining for both residential and commercial properties, as well as industrial, municipal, and federal properties. For more information about how our CIPP lining system can help you, please call us today at (860) 432-5996. If you think pipe relining might be right for your property, go ahead and schedule an inspection so we can take a look! We serve all of Hartford County and surrounding towns in central Connecticut.

Experience the ADB Septic Advantage today. Call us at (860) 432-5996 or visit us online at adbseptic.com.