CIPP Relining or Cured-In-Place-Pipe Relining is one of the modern and effect ways of going about pipe repair. This method is developed to repair and rehabilitate a damaged pipe with the advantage of the lessened cost of materials and labour, as well as, shortening the downtime needed without affecting the effectiveness and function the system is supposed to have.
The CIPP method does not require invasive manoeuvres to get the job done. In fact, it is one of the trenchless methods that boast a no-dig process and technology thus, reducing the excavation percentage and damage done to the environment by 80%. Because of this method being quite new to the market, there is a need to inform the homeowners and customers of the materials that are to be used in this method. Here is a short list of the most basic tools to be used in the process:
1. CCTV Camera and CCTV Inspection Truck
Plumbing contractors make use of modern CCTV Cameras for inspecting the interior of a damaged pipe. This tool is necessary for plumbers to evaluate the condition and extent of the damage to the pipe for them to know the type of service that the homeowner will need. By using a camera to check the interior of the pipe, obscurities are revealed making the contractors prepared to whatever possible problems they might encounter. CCTV Inspection Truck is handy in checking the process of the installation if the lining to assure the effectiveness of the pipe and its durability.
2. Sewer Cleaning Equipment
Before the actual relining takes place, the pipe must first be cleaned. The contractors use a water jet cleaner connected to a vacuum cleaner truck. These instruments are used to eliminate build-ups and intrusions in the interior of the pipe. The water jet uses water pressure to remove dirt, wastes and other substances that adhere themselves in the pipe walls. At the end of the relining process, the equipment will be used to clean the interior of the relined pipe.
3. Robotic Cutter
This is a new tool used for CIPP relining that is capable of cutting ant intruding part of a host pipe that may hinder the relining process. This tool is made specifically to cut through hard and damaged parts of a pipe. When the process of relining is over, this tool is again used to open connections from the newly relined pipe to the other connecting pipes.
4. Support Truck
A support truck is mobile that houses all the tools used and needed for relining to and from the site. There is much trouble in carrying and transporting heavy machinery and equipment which is why a support truck is an important factor in any pipe repair or rehabilitation process.
5. Air Inverter/Shooter
An air inverter or shooter is one of the most important equipment in a trenchless pipe repair process. This tool is utilised to invert the pipelining and align it to the interior wall of the pipe. A steam cure is used to accompany the inverter in the lining process to make the lining inversion possible.
6. By-pass Pumps
It is always a possibility that while a pipe relining is taking place; the sewage pipe could still be flowing. This is when a by-pass pump comes in handy. The pump is in charge in keeping the sewage flow in check so that it does not interfere with the lining procedure.
7. Steam Boiler
Steam is one of the techniques used to cure a CIPP liner. In these occasions, steam boilers are utilised to provide the needed amount of steam for the curing process. Steam boilers are installed in the support truck for easy transport.