After many years of use, water pipes become corroded and water flow is reduced. Pipes that are 10 years old can have their capacity reduced by 30%. 20 year-old pipes are frequently blocking as much as 70% of the water flow due to the corrosion. Replacing all of the pipes in a building can be an expensive and very disruptive endeavor. However, there is a better way to give pipes new life.
Epoxy pipe lining will extend the life of your pipes through a six step process:
- Pipes are inspected and the safety of the procedure is assessed.
- Pipes are thoroughly dried using high-pressure, hot air to remove all moisture.
- Compressed air is used to test the system for leaks and to make sure it can withstand the rest of the process.
- Removing the corrosive build-up on the inside of the pipes is done through the application of an abrading agent. All solids and microscopic particles are then removed through a filtering process.
- High pressure, hot air is used again to remove any moisture as well as dust from the pipes.
- An epoxy coating is applied inside all of the pipes, fittings, and joints. After drying, the pipes are evenly coated with the epoxy that protects from build-up and extends the life of the pipe system.
Once done, water is hooked back up to the system, which now has a long life ahead of it. This process is useful for industrial settings and public venues, as well as individual homes.
California Uniform Plumbing Code 310.2
“It is unlawful to conceal cracks, holes, or other imperfections in materials by welding, brazing, or soldering or by using therein or thereon any paint, wax, tar, solvent cement, other leak-sealing or repair agent.”
This code clearly states that if a slab leak, drain leak or any other leak occur with your plumbing, you cannot try and conceal it with anything.
It must be repaired prior to any kind of process you wish to subject your plumbing to.