How We Conduct Underground Pipe Rehabilitation Without Digging

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Are you in need of pipe repair or pipe rehabilitation? If so, you probably know that digging to access extensive pipe surfaces can pose an expense and inconvenience to your community. But even with the best pipe maintenance, your pipes will eventually degrade due to tuberculation, intrusion, and a host of other unavoidable issues.

 Many city planners would prefer to opt for a quicker, more affordable, and more efficient process than digging up old pipes to replace them. However, they often have questions about how this process will work. Will it actually be safe and effective? Can compromised pipes really be rehabilitated to last up to 75 years, without digging and replacement? 

The answer is yes. In this article, we’ll explore some common concerns surrounding underground pipe rehabilitation services that don’t dig and replace pipes. You’ll also learn how Spray In Place Solutions (SIPS) eliminates these concerns and offers you the best pipe rehabilitation value available.

What Are the Downsides to Traditional “Dig and Replace” Methods?

It might seem like the easiest solution to your pipe problems would be digging down to access their surface and replacing the affected sections. But there are several important drawbacks to consider first:

  • Extended project times
  • An invasive process that often requires traffic diversion, concrete demolition, and more
  • High labor costs
  • The environmental waste generated when pipe sections are discarded

These downsides make trenchless underground pipe repair a superior option. While these methods may involve digging to access some of the pipe surface, they are far less invasive, expensive and time-consuming than trenching.

What Are Some of the Most Common Concerns Surrounding Trenchless Methods?

There are several concerns city planners are likely to express when considering trenchless rehabilitation options. Let’s take a look at these concerns and how they can be addressed.

Are epoxy coatings really safe in the long term?

Municipal planners have good reason to be concerned about the safety of some epoxy coatings used in trenchless pipe rehabilitation. One popular method, known as cured-in-place lining, works by inserting a pipe liner, and then using UV light or heat to make it adhere to pipe walls.

While this underground rehabilitation process takes place, residents often notice an unpleasant chemical odor coming from their pipes. If this sounds concerning, it should be. Fumes from cured-in-place pipe lining projects have caused hospitalizations, evacuations, and long-term health conditions.

Spray In Place Solutions (SIPS) is different. Our chemical resistant, non toxic epoxy lining  is certified compliant with ASTM 729 and with NSF/ANSI 61. Our lining provides a barrier to keep harmful substances in pipes from entering the water supply. But it also poses no threat of its own to human or animal health.

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Will trenchless methods work for my pipes?

Many spray-on linings are really best for pipes up to 6” in diameter. Unfortunately, many water main pipes are between 6” to 16” in diameter, which might make spray-on coatings seem out of reach for many municipal projects.

However, Spray In Place Solutions (SIPS) uses an innovative process that eliminates this concern. We can treat pipes that range from 2” in diameter all the way up to 60,” so we’re a viable option for most municipal projects.

Can trenchless rehabilitation fully address damage? 

Some trenchless rehabilitation methods can only be effective if pipes have minimal damage, tuberculation, or obstruction. But Spray In Place Solutions (SIPS) uses an advanced process to inspect, clean, and test pipe function every step of the way. This allows us to address damage that other methods would be unable to fix.

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How long will the process actually take to complete?

Besides Spray In Place Solutions’ (SIPS) process, there are seven major trenchless pipe rehabilitation methods:

  • Trenchless sliplining
  • Cured-in-place pipe
  • Pipe bursting
  • Thermoformed pipe
  • Mechanical spot repair
  • Grout-in-place pipe
  • Shotcrete

However, some of these processes involve extended wait times while lining material dries or cements. Cured-in-place (CIPP) rehabilitation work can take a couple of weeks, and odors may linger for several days.

With Spray In Place Solutions’ (SIPS) process, pipes are fully cured and ready to submerge in only 2-3 hours. for you.

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Will trenchless rehabilitation really last long enough to be a worthwhile investment?

For many municipal planners who think ahead to the future, a long-lasting solution is a top concern. After all, funding for rehabilitation projects can be hard to obtain. For small communities, in particular, a pipe repair or rehabilitation project can present significant budget strain. If you’re concerned about longevity, Spray In Place Solutions (SIPS) is the perfect choice. We use a high-quality epoxy coating that engineers expect to last up to 75 years.

Will these processes reduce my pipes’ diameter?

Many municipal planners worry that trenchless rehabilitation involves linings or coatings that could reduce the diameter of existing pipes. Of course, lower diameter could impact flow and pressure in the long run. However, the epoxy coating used by Spray In Place Solutions (SIPS) will not change your pipes’ diameter – it would take many repeat applications for any measurable impact to be made.

Will these processes be harmful to the environment?

CIPP methods are known to cause environmental harm. Of course, dig and replace methods create significant waste and rely greatly on heavy machinery that is anything but green. On the other hand, Spray In Place Solutions (SIPS) uses an environmentally friendly process, performing repairs “in situ” rather than using invasive methods.

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How Does Spray In Place (SIPS) Conduct Underground Rehabilitation Without Digging?

Our process involves thorough inspection and planning before we do any work on your pipes. This helps us keep project time to a minimum by maximizing efficiency. We’ll use our Camera, Clean, and Coat procedure to prepare your pipes.

  • Our CCTV camera will map your pipes for careful review.
  • We’ll use a drag scraper to restore pipes to their original diameter.
  • High-pressure water jets will thoroughly clean your pipes.
  • We’ll use state-of-the-art robotic technology to spin cast our epoxy coating onto pipe walls.
  • We’ll thoroughly test and inspect our work to ensure successful project completion.

Why Is Spray In Place Solutions (SIPS) a Superior Alternative to Digging up Affected Pipes?

Spray In Place Solutions (SIPS) uses a process that’s superior to digging up pipes for many reasons. Of course, it’s affordable, environmentally friendly, minimally invasive, and safe. We also have a proven track record of successful project completion in many US states, including:

  • California
  • Colorado
  • Kansas
  • New Mexico
  • Texas
  • Minnesota
  • Wisconsin
  • Illinois
  • Michigan
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • New York
  • Connecticut
  • New Jersey
  • Massachusetts
  • Delaware
  • Maryland
  • Virginia
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • Georgia
  • Florida
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We’ve also successfully worked with a broad spectrum of major clients, including:

  • American Water
  • PEPCO
  •  GSA 
  • Bechtel
  • The U.S. Armed Forces

Our reputation for successful underground pipe rehabilitation has led to our exponential popularity across the US. Take a look at our project gallery to see our process in action!

Do You Want to Experience No-Digging Underground Pipe Rehabilitation With Spray In Place Solutions’ (SIPS)?

At Spray In Place Solutions (SIPS), we  use state-of-the-art tools and technology to achieve optimal results for our clients. Our process is suitable for water, HVAC, waste lines, gas, steam condensate and sewer pipe systems. Want to take the next step? You can get a quote by filling out our Pipe Lining Questionnaire today.