What Is Trenchless Technology and Rehabilitation?

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Pipes are typically out of sight and easy to ignore–until something goes wrong. Well-maintained pipes are essential in order for homes, businesses, towns and cities to function effectively. When something goes wrong with your pipes, regular routines are immediately disrupted. You may have to call an emergency crew to come and solve the problem right away–and of course, there’s a steep price tag involved. Let’s take a look at the advantages of trenchless technology in pipe rehabilitation when it comes to keeping your pipes running smoothly.

There are many ways to prevent or address problems with your pipes in a home, commercial or residential setting. However, some methods are more effective and efficient than others.

What is pipe rehabilitation?

Pipe rehabilitation is the process of restoring aging or deteriorating pipes to their original function. A rehabilitation project is considered successful when pipes are functioning properly again in the short term, but also when the owner’s long-term needs will be met. Rehabilitating or restoring existing pipes is often far more efficient than simply removing and replacing pipes that develop problems. The advantages of trenchless technology include making the process as cost-effective and minimally invasive as possible. 

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What should my priorities be when choosing a pipe rehabilitation method?

When deciding on a method for pipe rehabilitation, there are many American trenchless technologies to choose from. It’s important to consider more than how effective your choice will be for immediate problem-solving. If you choose a method that’s affordable in the short term, but only lasts for a few years, you can ultimately end up wasting money. On the other hand, if you choose a method that’s more involved and invasive than the problem at hand requires, you could also end up wasting time, money and inconvenience.

When performing your cost-benefit analysis, it’s important to take future deterioration into consideration. It’s also important to consider how pipe defects can affect users, both now and in the future. Do they have the potential to reduce flow, or could they pose a serious public health risk? Overall, your goal is to find an effective, long-lasting solution at an affordable price, with minimal invasion required. Spray in Place Solutions offers the best of both worlds–affordable and effective!

Why do so many American pipes need pipe rehabilitation?

There are over 1 million miles of pipes across America today, but many of them were laid towards the beginning of the twentieth century and are now aging out. The process for replacing pipes is slow, and it’s cost and labor intensive. The solution? Various American trenchless technologies, like Spray-In-Place (SIP) pipe rehabilitation, that can extend the life of these aging pipes. There are many advantages of trenchless technology for pipe rehabilitation. These include quick project turnaround time, safe and effective restoration of pipe function, and dramatically lower costs than pipe replacement typically involves.

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What are the advantages of trenchless technology for pipe rehabilitation?

Trenchless technology involves rehabilitating pipes without digging up the full length of the pipe. In some cases, it is only necessary to dig a 6ft x 6ft access pit every 650 ft. Other cases only require access through pre-existing manholes.There are many advantages of trenchless technology when it comes to rehabilitating existing pipes. The following are just a few of the advantages of trenchless technology.

One of the most important advantages of trenchless technology: less disruptive and invasive

Since minimal digging is required when trenchless technology is used, you won’t experience as much disruption and destruction. Less concrete will need to be broken up, less traffic will need to be diverted, and less noise will surround the work zone. A related advantage of trenchless technology is that it causes less environmental disruption and pollution from heavy machinery.

Another reason to choose trenchless pipe rehabilitation: more affordable than other problem-solving methods

One of the key advantages of trenchless technology is its affordable cost. You’ll need less labor (and far less time) to get the job done, since there will be far less demolition involved. Trenchless pipe rehabilitation projects tend to be more predictable than open-trenching projects, which also lowers your risk of unexpected costs.

Pipe replacement can cost between $100-$300 per foot, depending on the population density. Clearly, removing and replacing pipes is rarely a good idea when the pipes can be rehabilitated instead. In addition, one of the advantages of trenchless technology like Spray-In-Place Pipe (SIPP) rehabilitation is that it often significantly increases the flow coefficient once the pipe is restored.

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What are the different types of American trenchless technology for pipe rehabilitation?

There are several different types of American trenchless technology for pipe rehabilitation. These include:

  • Pipe bursting. An existing sewer line is broken and expanded, then replaced. The pieces remain underground.
  • Cured-in-place linings. A tube is inserted through an existing pipe. It is then bonded to the pipe surface. 
  • Slip lining techniques. A smaller pipe is inserted into a larger existing pipe. The ends are then sealed together.
  • Spray-In-Place Pipe technologies. An epoxy coating is sprayed inside the pipe using high-tech machinery. Bonding time is only a few hours.

So, which type of American trenchless technology should you choose? For many projects, Spray-In-Place Pipe solutions are the best choice because they offer the best combination of value and quality. 

Spray In Place Solutions (SIPS) is an American company that uses cutting-edge techniques and technologies to produce long-lasting, affordable results. Since replacing pipes costs 50% to 75% more than rehabilitating them, trenchless technology can help you save significant funds. The process we use at Spray In Place Solutions involves a High-Build epoxy coating that’s engineer-tested and estimated to last over 75 years. 

What process does Spray In Place Solutions (SIPS) use for pipe rehabilitation?

At Spray In Place Solutions (SIPS), they maximize the advantages of trenchless technology to the clients’ benefit. They use an innovative process with several distinct parts. They also perform extensive CCTV viewing and evaluation, before, during, and after the project, to ensure quality requirements are met.

Camera, Clean and Coat®

The company uses high-tech cameras to map and plan the project. SIPS then uses a drag scraper and high pressure jets to thoroughly clean the pipes to their original diameter.

Epoxy application

After verifying that the surface is ready, SIPS will apply a high-build epoxy coating to the pipes. They use advanced robotic technology, checking minute by minute to make certain that the epoxy is applied thoroughly and evenly.

Brief curing time

Pipes rehabilitated with SIPS High-Build epoxy will need to cure before they are ready to use. However, this isn’t a matter of weeks or even days– pipes will be ready in only two to three hours. A quick cure time is just one of the many advantages of trenchless technology for pipe rehabilitation.

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What kind of pipe systems can be rehabilitated with Spray In Place Solutions (SIPS)?

Spray In Place Solutions (SIPS) can restore a variety of pipe system types, including:

  • Municipal, industrial and commercial water lines
  • HVAC
  • Waste lines
  • Steam condensate
  • Gas
  • Sewer pipe systems

Whether the pipes are as narrow as 2 inches in diameter or as wide as 72 inches, you can enjoy the advantages of trenchless technology with the Spray-In-Place Pipe rehabilitation process.

Why should I choose Spray In Place Solutions (SIPS) when it’s time for pipe rehabilitation?

There are plenty of American trenchless technologies out there, but Spray In Place Solutions (SIPS) offers a state-of-the art, technologically advanced method that far outperforms the competition. Don’t just take our word for it–first, explore our many successful projects, from Maryland to Texas to Wisconsin to Georgia.

Our compliance certifications

Spray In Place Solutions (SIPS) is certified compliant with ASTM 729. You will not need to worry about wildlife being harmed by our materials or processes. We are also certified compliant with NSF/ANSI 61. This means that rigorous testing has been done to ensure our epoxy coating is safe when used for drinking water.

Ready to get started?

Are you ready to discuss how Spray In Place Solutions’ (SIPS) innovative process can help you enjoy the advantages of trenchless technology? Fill out our Pipe Lining Questionnaire today to get a quote for your project.