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THE NEXT BIG THING IN THE TRENCHLESS REPAIR METHOD
While the trenchless technology continues to hum along as the premier rehabilitation method for our deteriorating and ageing underground infrastructure, one segment of the pipe relining market has yet to attract that same expansive audience in Australia.
Most plumbing companies continue to predict a bright future for ultraviolet (UV) Pipe Relining, as more and more owners and plumbers understand the curing method’s benefits.
The history of UV Pipe Relining dates back more than 30 years to when German inventor Thomas Reutemann first invented and shared the trenchless industry with the technology. Over the past ten years or so, UV’s reputation and usage have gradually increased.
UV curing has been routinely called the “next big thing” in the trenchless technology world over the years. UV Pipe Relining community remains optimistic and solidified in the technology’s place on pipe relining projects now and going forward. More and more companies are offering the UV option for trenchless repair projects. To gain perspective and insight into the UV niche of the pipe relining community, here’s the technology strengths, its benefits and reason why you should start using UV curing with trenchless technology.
WHAT IS UV PIPE RELINING
Plumbing professionals may address ageing and failing underground infrastructure and sewer systems using a variety of repair and replacement methods. Because it doesn’t involve digging, pipe relining is the best available option for fixing leaky, damaged, or broken pipes in municipal, commercial, and residential applications. With the help of this trenchless technique, a new pipe within a pipe is effectively created by inserting a liner into the host pipe. Typically done in a day or less, the simple process eliminates costly excavation and rebuilding of infrastructure.
How exactly does UV curing work in pipe relining projects? It’s pretty simple when you think about it. UV Pipe Relining is an adaptation of the traditional pipe relining and uses ultraviolet light to cure the resin inside the liner instead of heat with water or steam. The process has other differences. For one, a glass-reinforced liner is installed using a winch and the pull-in-place method vs. the inversion method. Using CCTV, the pipe is inspected to make sure there are no wrinkles in the liner. The crew then pulls a UV light train through the pipe to cure the liner at a predetermined rate.
HOW DOES UV PIPE RELINING WORK
To begin the UV curing process for a pipe relining project, we make two access ports on both ends of the failing pipe. More often than not, a cleanout or manhold is used instead of creating these access points. The sewage or drain pipe is lined with a glass-reinforced liner that has been specially treated with UV resin. For installations lacking two access points, installers can also press the liner into position. A bladder is filled with air and then pushed or dragged into position. The resin is then activated by UV lights to cure it, thereby producing a new pipe with high-strength and high-durability characteristics.
ADVANTAGES OF UV PIPE RELINING
Both UV and heat are effective for pipe relining methods, however UV has some advantages over heat. These advantages include the ability to use pipe relining to reline pressure pipes, its flexibility and eco-friendly. There are generally four reasons UV curing is appealing than the usual trenchless repair method. These includes a smaller overall footprint, less emissions, improved physical properties (if glass is used), and continuous cure cycling monitoring.
When considering whether UV trenchless technology may be the right solution for your next pipe rehabilitation project, one should fully understand the benefits it offers. We have compiled the list of advantages a UV pipe relining offers.
MINIMAL PROPERTY DISRUPTION
Compared to traditional sewer pipe excavation methods, pipe relining via trenchless technology minimises ground disturbances to property. Aside from the obvious harm and inconvenience brought on by digging, the exposure or cutting of tree roots can cause trees to die.
COMPACT SITE FOOTPRINT
Trenchless technology is the best option for confined, difficult-to-reach, or delicate regions since the trenchless sewer lining equipment used in UV pipe relining projects is portable and lightweight. One can quickly transport the UV curing tolls and equipments without heavy trucks.
HIGHLY EFFICIENT & FASTER CURE TIMES
UV Pipe Relining works dramatically faster compared to other trenchless technology. The ultraviolet light cures the lining in minutes. We can complete UV curing work within shorter anticipated timelines. No major digging means less coordination, less prep and less cleanup.
STRONGER AND MORE DURABLE
The UV pipe relining process produces a stronger, more durable pipe than other repair methods. This has been proven over the years and has survived challenging conditions for the duration of their anticipated 50-year lifespan.
NO DAMAGE TO EXISTING PIPES
Since trenchless technology uses less digging and UV curing doesn’t require heat, there is far less chance of causing damage to host pipes already in place or pipes nearby.
OUR STAFF SAFETY IS OUR PRIORITY
One of the deadliest and most hazardous kinds of workplace accidents is the excavation and trench accident. UV pipe relining greatly decreases risks, keeping our plumbers from danger and shielding us from civil litigation.
The flexible UV pipe relining works for both lateral and vertical pipes. With trenchless technology that is effective and simple to use, we can move rapidly from one construction site to the next.
IMPROVED FLOW CAPACITY
While UV-cured pipe liners often improve flow capacity, pipe relining lowers the internal diameter (ID) of the original pipe. This happens because the new liner surface is significantly smoother than the surface of the old pipe.
Since UV relining is made from fiberglass and cured by UV light rather than water or steam, these inherent risks and general water disposal contamination problems are eliminated.
The evolution of the market and the trenchless technology continues. UV curing is a vital component in the pipe relining methods with a strong future ahead. The use of UV curing has grown to more than 80 percent of the market as plumbers and owners gain a better understanding of the technology and its benefits and it becomes more cost-friendly.
UV pipe relining is undoubtedly a leap forward in people relining solutions increasing uniformity in the finished product, speeding up installation timeframes, reducing labour costs, and reducing risk.
READY TO MAKE THE LEAP TO UV PIPE RELINING AND TRENCHLESS TECHNOLOGY?
As trenchless technology continues to evolve and create new opportunities for sewer and pipe lining repair, plumbing companies like us will have more chances to establish ourselves in the plumbing industry. Sewer Surgeon provides the finest service possible to our clients by utilising cutting-edge technology with UV curing and pipe relining solutions. Let our team of experts at Sewer Surgeon provide you with the best tools, knowledge, and expertise to fix your emergency plumbing in Sydney.
If you have a problem with leaking pipes in your home or place of business, Sewer Surgeon can help fix them with as little disruption as possible and ensure that your pipes will not need to be fixed again for a long time. If you would like more information on any of our services including the latest in the trenchless technology. in Sydney, you can use our convenient online contact form, or send us an email to [email protected] If you have an emergency and it is outside of the hours 7 AM – 4 PM, then call our emergency contact number on Tel: 1300 734 677 and we will be happy to assist you. Broken pipes, blocked drains or damaged sewer or stormwater lines are not a problem when you use the services of the best UV pipe relining company in Sydney, Sewer Surgeon, give us a call today and let us take care of the problem for you. We will do it right the first time.