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Plumbers: Back Then, Today, and Tomorrow

When talking about any profession, most people tend to focus on the here and now. That's understandable. it's really important to know what's going on in the present tense. But you are missing out on some vital information if you never read and learn about the history of a profession. This applies to plumbing, in particular. You can really further your understanding of the profession by knowing how it began and what changes have been made over the years. That's why we sometimes reference the history of plumbing on this blog. We'll also dive into the future of the profession from time to time because, after all, you have to know where you're headed.




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Want to Buy a House but the Water Main Is in Bad Condition? Cured-in-Place Pipe Lining May Be the Answer

by Madison Dean

A water main break can be a very costly and messy experience. If you are considering purchasing a home that a property inspector has determined has a water main that is in bad condition, don't let that turn you away from an opportunity to become the owner of that house. While replacing a water main can be significantly costly and intensive due to the excavation of the property, it may not be necessary to entirely replace the water main.

Instead, a cured-in-place pipe lining installation service can be the answer. Not only is it a more affordable option, but it's also far less invasive as well. Here's what it is and what the installation process involves. 

Cured-In-Place Pipe Lining

A cured-in-place pipe lining is essentially just as it sounds: a lining is installed in the pipe and allowed to cure. It consists of a felt liner that is coated with an epoxy resin. The epoxy resin is cured and the final result is a hardened liner in your water main pipe that protects the pipe from root damage, holes, and cracks. 

The Installation Process

The installation of a cured-in-place pipe lining can be done without removing any dirt to access the water main pipe. Here's what will happen:

  1. The plumber will insert a video camera into the water main to inspect it and measure it. 
  2. Any clogs and blockages that are found via the video camera will be cleared by using a hydro jet or another appropriate type of clog-removing tool or chemicals. 
  3. Another video camera inspection may be done to ensure the water main is now free of clogs and blockages. 
  4. The felt liner will be cut to fit your water main and coated with epoxy resin.
  5. The liner will then be inserted into the water main pipe.
  6. The lining will be expanded by using air pressure, hot water, or steam. The plumber will select the best option for the job. 
  7. The lining will be allowed to cure for a time specified by the manufacturer of the epoxy resin and the method used to expand the lining.
  8. After the lining has cured, another video inspection will be done by the plumber to ensure the lining is properly placed and cured. 
  9. The plumber will test the water main by turning the water on and checking the water pressure. 

Contact a plumber in your area for more information about having a cured-in-place pipe lining installed in the water main of the home you are interested in buying.