Repiping V.S. Epoxy Lining
When a pipe or its system breaks, it can be difficult to decide whether you should repipe the area or get it relined with epoxy. The epoxy relining process is done to preserve current pipes that have been damaged by leaks, cracks, intruding roots, and rust. It increases the lifespan of a pipe system while also possibly preserving building structures and causing little to no damage to property.
Repiping redoes the entire system and can take a very long time to complete. Repiping also destroys the area the pipes are underneath such as a lawn or street. Various equipment and workers are needed for a repiping project which causes disturbances to the surrounding areas. This extensive project also costs a lot more than epoxy lining.
Benefits of Epoxy Lining
The epoxy used to make the new lining of the pipes is very strong. It's resistant to rotting and corrosion. If maintained over time, they can last up to 100 years. If there is a small section of the pipe that is damaged, it can be fixed without disturbing the rest of the system. Epoxy lining can be done anywhere. It involves no extreme digging and does not disrupt the environment around the project.
Breakdown of Repiping
When repiping, you can ensure the new pipe system will work effectively. Since the entire system is new, every part will work perfectly and there is no worry about existing corrosion. Epoxy can only act as a bandage to certain parts of the pipe system while the rest of it works at a sub-par rate. This option is best if the pipe system needs to be completely replaced or it belongs to a larger network such as a city water supply.