Cured-in-place pipe, otherwise known as CIPP, has now been around for over twenty years. Over that time, CIPP has continued to gain steady traction and market share in the US economy. The question is why? Many people still do not know about CIPP or why it can be so much more beneficial to use CIPP than traditional pipe replacement options that require digging a trench.
CIPP is the process of replacing old or damaged pipelines by inserting a polymer-soaked flexible tube into existing pipe after cleaning it. The new insertion is then inflated and activated, expanding to fill the void of the old pipe. Over the course of a few hours, the polymer hardens, and a new pipeline is now in place and ready to be used.
Here, we’ll explore a few reasons why CIPP continues to gain traction in the US market.
Traditional pipe repair requires a ditch the length of the pipe that is being replaced to gain access to the pipe. Often, there are things directly over the area needing to be dug up. CIPP provides an alternative that removes the need to dig a ditch to get to the pipe. Thus, with this method, pipe repairs take fractionally less time. In some cases, repairs can be as fast as a couple of days, most of which is time allowing the new pipe to cure. CIPP continues to gain popularity for this reason: You don't have to wait as long to get your services back up and running.
This topic can be a tricky one. In many cases, the actual products in CIPP can be more expensive than the traditional method of laying pipe. However, CIPP is often less expensive than the traditional method when the entire process is taken into account. For example, compare the price of the goods and labor involved with restoring anything damaged in the process of digging a trench to repair a pipe and CIPP is the clear winner.
Imagine that a pipe that runs below a sidewalk needs repairing. If you use traditional methods, that sidewalk ends up destroyed. After the trench is filled back in, you then must repair or replace the damaged sidewalk. All of this extra work costs money. For this reason, CIPP is often a more inexpensive alternative to traditional pipe repair methods.
CIPP has been around since the 1980s. This has allowed for the ability to see how CIPP holds up, and over time it has proven to be a great product. Additionally, the technology continues to advance, and similar technologies are being developed for larger, more complex applications. CIPP installers have also learned and adjusted their processes to make CIPP a safe, efficient, practical pipe replacement option.
The speed of repairs, expense savings, and the reliability of the product makes CIPP a great alternative to traditional pipe repair and pipe replacement that requires digging a trench. It not only can save time and money, but it can also save the hassle and headache of making bigger messes to clean up and deal with on the surface.