Pipe Relining Vs Pipe Replacement

  • William Demirdonder
  • October 5, 2021
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Broken, cracked, sagging and fully blocked pipes: not words that any Sydney homeowner wants to hear!

Two methods are available when your property is experiencing massive pipe issues. We’re going to look at them in this article: Pipe Relining vs Pipe Replacement.

What is Pipe Relining?

Pipe relining is also referred to as CIPP (Cured In-place Pipelining) is a revolutionary method of repairing a property’s broken, cracked or aging pipes. In this advanced process, there is no additional cost of digging up and replacing the existing pipes. So it’s a much easier, faster, fuss-free option. 

With pipe relining, you create a new pipe within the existing pipe. 

Pipe relining vs pipe replacement attempts at repairing the damaged pipes by curing them from within, with the help of a unique resin. At Proximity Plumbing we use a two-part epoxy resin. 

The resin is pulled through the pipe (with the help of some machinery) and expanded to leave a hard fibreglass shell that creates a hard, long-lasting pipe. The new pipe is up to 4 times stronger than a new PVC pipe and is perfect for sewer pipe repair.

The hardening or “setting” of the resin produces a brand-new, fully operational channel without involving any arduous digging process.

Sydneysiders are now taking advantage of this technology to reinforce and repair their damaged pipes.

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Why Is It Called Pipe Relining?

Relining pipes is exactly as its name implies. The method relines the insides of damaged pipes – restoring them from the damaged state to the new, strong and impenetrable state. The hardening of the resin produces a brand-new, fully operational channel without involving any arduous digging process.


What is Pipe Replacement?

Pipe replacement is also known as the “dig and replace” method of replacing broken, damaged or old pipes. 

This is the traditional method of fixing faulty pipes. 

The process of pipe replacement involves digging up the ground around the affected pipe area. It could involve breaking through the concrete in your property, whether it is your paths or driveway. It could also see extensive digging in your garden not to mention renovations through your house. 

Once the digging has exposed the pipes, the damaged section gets removed. A new pipe replaces the removed pipe section.

While pipe replacement might sound an easy method, it could turn into a major job very quickly with multiple factors and costs to be considered. The digging, the labour-hire changes, the equipment hire charges, the time your pipe network will be “down” and unusable, not to mention the cost of the replacement pipes and any other costs involved in repairing junctions, drains and then putting everything back the way it was.

It’s for these reasons why most homeowners prefer pipe relining over pipe replacement for repairing damaged, cracked or broken pipes. 

For the best outcomes, you can speak with our team at Proximity Plumbing. Chat to us today by calling 0420 102 394.


What Are The Benefits of Pipe Relining vs Pipe Replacement 

Some benefits that you can expect out of a pipe relining project in comparison to pipe replacement are:

It’s Fair Easier On Your Wallet 

The traditional method of pipe replacement is labour-intensive and time-intensive. It usually involves the process of reinstating the surface finish. This could eventually translate into increased costs of the project.

On the other hand, pipe relining is a highly cost-effective method. There is no requirement of digging up anything. The finished pipes that have been relined deliver premium results.

It’s More Effective

For several reasons, the process of pipe relining is highly effective when it comes to fixing damaged or broken pipes, compared with pipe replacement.

In the case of a pipe replacement project, you are paying the plumber to dismantle walls, dig gardens, and damage concrete slabs for replacing the broken or damaged pipes in your property.

In the case of pipe relining, there is the requirement of accessing a single hole – measuring just around a square meter. The tubing used in this process is significantly cost-effective in comparison to buying new pipes. The process is also highly convenient as there is no requirement of disposing of the old pipes.

The end result is a pipe that has a life expectancy of 50-years and a guarantee of 35-years. The relined pipes are 4 x stronger than a new PVC pipe and are impenetrable by tree roots – something all Sydney homeowners should be aware of. 

It Can Reduce Damage To Your Property 

A typical pipe relining project delivers minimal damage to the landscaping of your backyard and garden. Compared to the “dig and replace” method of pipe replacement.

If you opt for pipe replacement, it is recommended that you should include additional landscaping costs as well for repairing the damage done to your landscape.

With pipe relining, there is just the requirement of cleaning up a little upon completion.

Pipe Relining Can Be A Preventative Measure

At Proximity Plumbing, we are all about taking measures before plumbing issues become emergencies!

Do you have an old home with a faulty plumbing system?
Do you know the last time your sewer line pipes were inspected?
Are you seeing consistently blocked drains?
Have you had your drains and pipes professionally cleared in the past twelve months and you’re already seeing the signs they need them again?

To resolve the drainage plumbing issues with your property, it is recommended to opt to reline your pipes BEFORE it turns into an emergency situation.


It Is Quieter and Faster

The process of pipe replacement can get messy, obstructive, noisy, and expensive. It does not just affect the area wherein the pipe has been sealed. It also tends to affect other areas of the property including fence lines, backyard, and the entire landscape.

Pipe replacement is a highly labour-intensive plumbing activity. It’s an inconvenient, loud and arduous process. 

Compared to Pipe Relining which is fast, relatively quiet and unobstructed, you’re comparing apples with oranges. They both result in new pipes, clean and clear of debris. However, they are very different methods of arriving at the same outcomes. 


You Decide; Pipe Relining or Pipe Replacement

Depending on your specific requirements and plumbing issues, you can choose between pipe relining and pipe replacement. If you wish to avoid getting caught up in the maze, you can always hire a professional to help you with the situation.

At Proximity Plumbing, we can visit your property and inspect your specific needs, explain the process of relining your pipes and give you a simple quote with a breakdown of how we work and how we’d handle your property’s needs. We are the pipe relining eastern suburbs specialists. We use a German Technology called Brawoliner to complete your pipe relining job.

For the best outcomes, you can speak with our team at Proximity Plumbing today on 0420 102 394.

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