Three Reasons Vertical Pipes Respond Well to CIPP

February 13, 2017 vertical pipe inspection

Vertical pipes and CIPP go hand in hand. This efficient installation method will keep your business up and running longer. Additionally, vertical installation is perfect for CIPP. The liner will easily stay in place. This results in smooth pipes, just the way a gravity-aided drain system needs them.

1. No need for disruption

Vertical pipe CIPP is great for hard to reach, multi-story vertical pipes. When one pipe spans several stories, it becomes difficult to replace that pipe traditionally. You have to find or create multiple access points within the structure to access the pipe when repairing it traditionally. CIPP allows you to have only two access points: the first, which is at the top of the pipe (or the portion that you need to repair) and the second, at the end or after the end of your repair. This drastically cuts down on the amount of effort that you have to go to in order to access your pipes. It will leave your building in better shape than traditional pipe repairs.

2. Easy passage of air

Vertical pipe CIPP is helped along by gravity. When CIPP is installed, it starts out very flexible and wet. The liner that is inserted into the pipe is saturated with resin. When the pipe hardens, that resin becomes your pipe. The actual CIPP liner is simply to hold the resin in place inside the host pipe. While that pipe can be held open in horizontal pipes, it’s even easier to keep a vertical pipe CIPP liner from collapsing. Hot air is blown through the length of the pipe. This speeds the curing process and turns flexible, liquid resin into hard plastic. For mostly straight vertical pipes, the liner should naturally hang in the proper position. It won’t require a lot of extra work to sort it out. The position can even keep the liner closer to the host pipe. With CIPP, there’s no actual bonding between the liner and your host pipe. However, the closer the liner sticks to the original pipe, the better. It allows your new vertical pipe CIPP to have a larger diameter.

3. Vertical pipes and gravity

Gravity plays a large role in many vertical pipes. This is especially true of gutters, downspouts, and drains. If liquid is supposed to flow down, then obviously, gravity is playing a role. Vertical pipe CIPP can actually make it easier for your drains to drain. The inside of a CIPP pipe is smooth and seamless. The fewer joints there are, the less friction there is. Combine that seamlessness with the natural slickness of cured (not tooled) resin, and you have a much smoother environment. Don’t worry about gravity warping your pipes, however. While the liquid resin does flow, it’s extremely thick. It’s typically installed chilled (meaning it flows at an incredibly slow rate) and then immediately heated to begin the curing process. There’s not much time in between for your pipe to become warped.

Vertical pipe CIPP is a great solution to vertical pipe repair. Even the laws of nature are on your side. The position will help keep the liner in place. Gravity will do its part to make your new CIPP pipes efficient. Best of all, you won’t have to shut down your whole company to install it.