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Drain Relining: A “No-Dig, No Fuss” Technology For Your Pipe Repairs

In some cases, a plumbing issue can be easily detected through a blockage or a foul odor.  Unfortunately, not all problems are so obvious, especially if the damaged pipe is in the interior walls or underneath the ground. 

The expert plumbers at So Cal Services can help you avoid the inconvenience of excavations or tearing down walls by using alternate methods of repair.  Excavation and dismantling are invasive and potentially costly procedures.

Drain Relining alternative repairs

Drain relining is a non-invasive fix performed by our professionals.  If you’re looking for a solution to drain clogs or other issues that can’t be solved by easy plumbing fixes, drain lining may be one of the best options for you. In this article, we’ll give you all the details you need to know about drain relining.

What is Drain Relining?

Drain relining, or pipelining, is a kind of drain repair technique that doesn’t require excavation when installing a new sleeve on the existing damaged drain. It also goes by the name “cured in place pipe.” 

The process is “non-invasive” and carried out on ground level through the drain, itself. In a way, this technique intends to create as little interference as possible by working through a small hole only. 

In the process, the drain is lined with a polymer lining, which attaches to the inside of the pipe. You can look at it as creating a new pipe or extra drain within an existing drain. Though this will reduce the overall diameter of the drain, it is much more convenient than having to damage your yard or walls to access the pipes. 

Drain Relining - How Does It Work

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The first step is locating and identifying the damage is to the pipework.  We as professional plumbers jet-wash the drain to make it clean and then send a camera along it to check the condition of the pipe while we prepare the liner. 


Once we’ve assessed and confirmed that drain lining is the best solution to repair the problem, the liner is gently inserted down the drain through the following steps:


1. The liner is slowly ushered into the drain until it completely covers the damaged part. 


2. Once the liner is set in place, an airbag within the liner is inflated pushing it out to fit the diameter of the original pipe. 


3. The liner is cured and hardened after some time until it becomes a second pipe within the existing drain. 


4. The inflated balloon is deflated and taken out of the drain once the liner is fully hardened. 


Following the successful insertion of the liner, a camera is inserted for a quality check of the lining, and we must create holes in it if it needs to connect to other adjoining pipes. After this, the drain is ready for use.


The installation usually lasts a few hours from start to finish.

Drain Relining Benefits

Chemical Resistance: Pipelining is a wonderful option for vertical rainwater downpipes and sewers as it is resistant to most types of aggressive chemicals. 


Heat Resistance: Pipelining can additionally withstand extremely high temperatures.


Eliminates Costly Excavations: Pipelining can get rid of the need for potentially inconvenient property damage. Depending on the location of the leak, traditional repair methods may affect plants, ground cover, concrete, patio pavers, or any other materials blocking the access to the pipes. 


Replacing these materials is both time consuming and possibly expensive.

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Less Labor Required: With pipelining, there will be minimal changes on your property and there is less labor required, meaning it is more time and money efficient solution.


The outcome is also a permanent structural repair that’s expected to last for long and can guarantee improved drainage and flow efficiency.  


Environmentally Safe: Pipelining is safe for drinking water and the environment which is equivalent to added features that bring value to your home.


Reinforcement: The liners themselves don’t rely on the existing pipes for structural integrity, but rather reinforce them. 


Versatility: Pipelining can be installed in lengths up to 100 meters and minimum lengths of 0.5 meters. 


They can also bend up to 90 degrees and are suitable for any type of sewer and drainage pipes including copper, lead, galvanized steel, cast, and black iron.

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We also use them on roof drainage collectors and pipes and drainage pipes for commercial floor such as in restaurants, and other businesses. 


Pipelining also extends to commercial and residential sewer laterals from the property to the mainline of the city. 

What Types of Problems Can Be Solved with Drain Relining?

Professionals commonly apply the process of drain lining to repair and cure open and leaking joints, cracks, root intrusion, and other associated pipe damage. The following are some of the most common uses of drain relining.


  • Root Intrusion: Tree root infiltration happens when tree roots puncture and infiltrate the pipes causing a drain blockage. Though it is more common in older homes, it can happen to any home regardless of age.  


  • Pinhole Leaks: Pinhole leaks are small holes in copper pipes created by corrosion. Even though copper plumbing is considered quite durable, it can be susceptible to bouts of corrosion. If the corrosion is not spread throughout the pipe, the simplest fix is usually relining. 


  • General Prevention: Pipelining can strengthen the drain pipes making them significantly less vulnerable to root and corrosion damage as well as other forms of mild to moderate damage.


Remember, the next time you suspect a drain clog in need of repair, call for plumbing service right away. This will help stop the damage on its tracks and before it becomes severe.

How Much Does Drain Relining Cost?

With a shorter work time and a less intrusive method, you can just imagine the amount of money you can save with drain relining instead of going through a traditional sewage repair. 

Drain lining costs vary depending on where the pipes are located as well as the extent of the pipe damage. The primary factor contributing to cost is the length of the pipe needing to be repaired.  However, the average cost of a pipelining repair is around half the cost of digging up the pipes.  

When drain relining is an option for your pipe failure, you get not just the monetary benefits mentioned above. You also have them repaired fast and quickly, which means less disruption of your daily routine.  It’s a win-win situation.

For Drain Relining - Call So Cal Services!

To talk to one of our experts about a cost estimate! So Cal Services is happy to assist you with any other questions you may have about the drain relining process or other plumbing problems and processes as well.

Call us at 951-926-1978 today.

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