Four Pipe Repair Obstacles Unique to Vertical Pipes

June 7, 2017

Vertical pipe repair obstacles are unique to or heightened by the vertical nature of the pipe. Your pipe repair company needs to have the experience to combat these obstacles. In many cases, cured in place piping is a great solution to the unique problems of repairing vertical pipes. Whether it’s interior access, noise complaints, or the need for vertical pipes to keep running, there is a solution for every obstacle.

1. Interior access


Vertical pipes often run through huge buildings. Replacing vertical pipes can be a nightmare of permissions and issues. Opening the walls and floors on multiple stories is a lot of labor. Even more taxing, however, is getting permission or issuing notifications to all your tenants. A large office complex plays host to many companies. It’s impossible to keep all of your tenants happy in that instance. While you don’t typically need permission to access areas for repairs, it can put a strain on a relationship.

2. The drip factor

Vertical pipes pose a slight obstacle for cured in place piping. The thick epoxy used to line these pipes is a liquid, even though it’s a very thick one. There is a risk of improper placement, which would allow the epoxy to run before it cures. The drips inside the pipe would impede the flow of water through the pipes. The thin spots would be less able to handle the pressure of the pipe’s normal flow.

The solution to this obstacle is proper care. The lining must be kept chilled until it’s installed. This will prevent the epoxy from running. Once it’s in place, the heat used to cure it will act quickly, preventing drips in your new pipe.

3. Most businesses need their vertical pipes

All businesses use their pipes, or they wouldn’t need them. However, horizontal pipes are typically easier to shut down or work around. Vertical pipes carry heavy loads, and also contain fewer lateral connections. The solution? Swift, decisive action. If something has to be a strain, keep it as brief as possible. Cured in place pipe repair is much faster than other forms of pipe repair.

4. Noise is a bigger factor

Vertical pipes are usually up against buildings, inside of buildings, and so forth. It can be very difficult to manage the noise that repairing these pipes make. A horizontal pipe tends to be out of the building or muffled by floors, layers of concrete, and so forth. Vertical pipe repair can cause a lot of noise. As pipe repair obstacles go, noise can be more serious than it sounds. CIPP is great for noise control, as it works quickly and without the clatter of physically removing the old pipe.

Vertical pipe repair is a difficult task. Pipe repair obstacles are more serious when it comes to vertical pipes. The best way to solve these problems is to keep your repairs quick and minimally invasive. CIPP is a noninvasive, quick way to solve your pipe repair obstacles.