The Pros and Cons of Epoxy Pipe Lining

Epoxy Pipe Lining

Epoxy pipe lining also referred to as epoxy brush coating, is an innovative method for pipe restoration and rehabilitation. It is an alternative to completely replacing drain pipes, extending their life by up to 50 years! 

Pros of Epoxy Pipe Lining

It’s trenchless. Epoxy pipe lining can be performed without digging up your sewer line or drain pipes making it a simple, fast and practical method of pipe restoration.  

It’s adaptable. Epoxy pipe lining can be used to coat an entire pipe or just a small section, depending on the problem at hand. With epoxy pipe lining your plumber will be able to coat any diameter of the pipe. An epoxy lining is suitable for pipes that are too small or too big for traditional lining methods. 

It’s safe to use. Epoxy lining is NSF certified meaning it complies with specific and high standards for safety, quality, sustainability, or performance. It is safe to use on any type of pipe, whether it’s a sewer line, a gas pipe, an oil pipe, or a drinking water pipe. It is also suitable for pipes made of concrete, PVC, fiberglass, clay, cast iron, and ductile.

It’s quick. Epoxy pipe lining is a fast process that can usually be done in one day, depending on the state of your pipes. The epoxy is fast-curing so your pipes will be back in service within three to eight hours.

It’s reliable. Once cured, the epoxy lining is three times as strong as concrete and can withstand up to 10,000 PSI meaning that high-pressure water will not disturb its integrity. 

It’s eco-friendly. The manufacturing of epoxy does not create carbon emissions. Additionally, the process of lining your drain with a coat of epoxy does not create any waste and saves on materials that would be required to replace the affected pipe. 

Cons of Epoxy Pipe Lining

It’s not suitable for all drain problems. While epoxy pipe lining will solve many plumbing-related problems, it’s not a solution for all. For example, a pipe heavily damaged by tree roots, will not be restorable with an epoxy lining and will require replacing. 

It’s not a do-it-yourself job. Because applying an epoxy lining is not suitable for every drain system, it’s important to have a professional plumber perform an inspection and clean your pipes thoroughly before the lining is applied. Knowledge and proper training are also essential to use the necessary equipment correctly, allow for appropriate curing time and verify the number of coats required for your specific drain system. 

Epoxy Pipe Lining Costs and Process

Before an Epoxy lining is installed, your plumbing professional will inspect your drain system to establish if it qualifies for this method of restoration. If your pipes are collapsed or too fragile, an alternative solution will be provided. Otherwise, the next step will be to thoroughly clean and prep your drain for the epoxy application, by means of hydro jetting. Once your pipes are ready, specialized equipment will be utilized to cover the affected area with an even coat of epoxy, with no need to dig! The process of epoxy lining application can take as little as 24 hours to complete, making this much more efficient, compared to other methods that take several days.

The cost of epoxy lining will depend on several factors. Examples being: 

  • How easily can the pipe be accessed? 
  • Is there a cleanout in place?
  • What is the condition of the pipe? 
  • How much cleaning will it require?
  • How much of the pipe needs a coat of epoxy lining? 

On average the costs of epoxy lining will cost $80 – $250 per linear foot of pipe. For an assessment and more accurate estimate, call your sewer and drain experts at VIP Sewer and Drain Services, today – 866-222-1753!

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