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One of the biggest problems faced by the owners of high-rise buildings is the fact that most of the plumbing, both sewer and stormwater, is concealed in the walls and over time this corrodes or cracks. The water and sewerage then leak into the walls of the building, causing a vast amount of damage. Once one pipe begins to leak, most of the others will follow soon after. So to repair one crack at a time can be a costly and never-ending task. The easiest solution is to reline the pipes with a coating that fixes the pipe and prevents leakage and contamination.

How does vertical pipe relining work?

The pipes in high-rise buildings, Australia wide, are usually copper-based. These pipes corrode after some years, due to their use. This corrosion shortens the lifespan of the piping to 10 to 25 years, and can add considerable costs to the management of the building.

An innovative solution was introduced to rectify the problem of high-rise pipe damage: pipe shielding. This solution places an epoxy coating or plastic polymer liner in the pipe, repairing any damage and strengthening the pipe.

Tests prove that pipes relined increase the quality of drinking water by reducing the number of pollutants, and they are durable. The coating and liner can be used on 10 mm to 100 mm diameter pipes and easily installed.

How is vertical pipe relining done?

The process of relining a pipe is not as complicated as many people think. It’s also faster and far less expensive than replacing the leaking pipes. Let’s look at how the process of relining is carried out, so you get a clearer picture.

Firstly, the pipes are cleaned either using a water jet or steel brushes. This process clears any scale and corrosion out of the pipes and prepares them for inspection.

Secondly, a camera is passed down the pipe so that the pipe can be inspected and measured. All pipe connection lengths need to be accurate so that the lining can be cut to fit. This methodology ensures the lining of the full pipe length.

Thirdly, once cut, the liner is then coated with a resin and pulled into the pipe, where it is then left to cure. The curing process takes around four hours. During this time the pipe cannot be used by residents.

Lastly, when the liner has cured, the pipe is then inspected again by a camera. This process ensures that the installation went well and that the pipe is now ready for use.

What are the benefits of vertical pipe relining?

Apart from being a cheaper solution than fixing individual leaks as they occur, high-rise pipe relining also:

• Reduces greenhouse emissions
• Decreases further pipe corrosion
• Is easily applied
• Prevents water-borne health risks
• Increases water flow
• Reduces pumping system costs
• Decreases the need for building maintenance
• Prevents building damage
• Is easily installed with minimal disruption
• Cures quickly with fitting in any weather conditions

Who can do vertical pipe relining? 

Are you looking to fix high-rise leaks and reduce maintenance costs? If so, contact Ruttley Plumbing. We can give you an obligation-free quote today.