pipe and sewer relining
20
Aug
2019

Understanding The Process Of Pipe And Sewer Relining

The plumbing system at home or in a business premises has an estimated useful life, beyond which you have to replace the pipes. 

In some cases, corrosion and/or cracking of the plumbing lines might necessitate replacing the plumbing much earlier than its estimated useful life. 

Pipe and sewer relining gives property owners the ability to increase the life and extend the usability of their already installed plumbing network. 

Traditionally, replacing plumbing meant excavating and removing materials surrounding the plumbing to access the pipes. 

The entire process of excavation and replacement of the pipes is not only tedious, but also expensive. 

Pipe and sewer relining using the cured-in-place pipelining (CIPP) on the other hand, is a much simpler process that is cost-efficient. 

The creation of a pipe within a pipe process involves:

  • Inspection of the sections of the pipes that need relining.
  • Cleaning of the pipes.
  • Installation of the liners and the rubber bladder.
  • Removal of the rubber bladder.

Step #1. Inspection Of The Plumbing System

Every pipe or sewer lining project begins with the inspection of the plumbing system. 

Using a remote camera system, professional plumbers inspect the entire plumbing system, noting its state and mapping the system. 

Additionally, during the inspection process, the plumbers can draw up the best and most efficient plans of how to complete the task.

Step #2. Cleaning The Pipes And Or Sewer Lines

After inspecting the pipes and sewer lines, the next step is to clean the pipes or sewer line. 

The cleaning process removes all the hardened scale, debris, tree roots, and any other material that may block the pipes or sewer lines.

Cleaning pipes and sewer lines is an essential part of relining. The cleaning process helps the relining felt to adhere to the original pipe or sewer line easily. 

While there are many cleaning methods that plumbers use, water jetting is one of the most popular and most effective pipe cleaning methods.

After cleaning the pipes or sewer lines, a final inspection is performed using CCTV cameras. This ensures that the pipes are ready for relining.

Step #3. The Installation Of The Liner

To install the liners, the felt liner is saturated with two parts. 

After that, plumbers usually score the outer surface of the liner, enhancing its ability to adhere well to the pipes. 

The proper adhesion between the two is needed to negate the chances of water filling the space between the outer walls of the new pipe and the inner walls of the old pipe.

The liner is then pulled in place and positioned correctly. The rubber bladder inside the epoxy-impregnated felt liner is expanded to adhere to the walls. 

The felt liner is allowed to cure in place, taking the shape of the pipe. The liner can be cured with the help of hot water. 

However, most of the time, it is allowed to cure naturally.

Step #4. Removing The Rubber Blabber

As the final step, the rubber bladder is deflated and removed, leaving behind a pipe within a pipe. 

To make sure the new pipe works properly, plumbers will perform some final checks. 

The junctions are inspected, and the entire length of the pipe is inspected as well. 

When plumbers are satisfied with the result, they refit the valves and couplings. 

They finally perform water flow rates and volumes testing and water quality testing to make sure the system is functioning as it should.

At the end of the installation process, the pipe or sewer line is renewed while the structure or ground remains intact and unaffected. 

CIPP helps property owners when it comes to replacing old and damaged pipes and sewer lines in a fast, cost-efficient, and non-destructive manner.

If you are looking for a trustworthy and reliable plumbing service in Melbourne, then look no further than Austest Pipeline Solutions.

We have more than 20 years’ experience in domestic, commercial, and industrial plumbing with water leak detection our speciality.

Please call us today for all your plumbing needs on 0410 609 961 or contact us through our website https://www.aus-test.com.au/contact-us/.

outdoor sprinkler leaks
12
Aug
2019

How To Detect Outdoor Sprinkler Leaks

Is there a sudden spike in your water bill? 

If so, it could be a sign of water leaks in your outdoor sprinkler system, especially if you haven’t been using more water than normal. 

If this happens, you need to turn off the water supply main immediately and check the water meter. 

If the needle continues registering with the water turned off, there is a leak in the outdoor sprinkler system.

How To Detect Outdoor Sprinkler Leaks 

A leaking irrigation system could result in many issues with your front or backyard which include the following. 

  • The water might pool in the lower areas and create mould or mildew that will eventually kill your lawn.
  • The nozzles on your outdoor sprinkler systems might spray unevenly because of certain debris and fail to provide complete coverage. 

Therefore, your lawn will have dry spots that will most likely turn brown when summer comes around.

Here are some foolproof ways to help you detect an external leak in your outdoor sprinkler system. 

1. Remove the sprinkler heads in the irrigation system. To do this, you need to turn the sprinkler head counterclockwise to unscrew it then lift it up.

Some models need a special sprinkler head key, flat screwdriver or hex key to unlock the head before removing it so you need to be careful about that. 

2. Put a paperclip under the screen that lies underneath the sprinkler head to remove the screen. 

Rinse the screen under some tap water as well as the nozzle to clean it.

3. Turn the sprinkler system on at the controller then observe it properly at each head. 

The last sprinkler head should pour the water out in a fountain which is completely normal. 

It’s a sure way to flush the debris from the last head, where it accumulates in most cases. 

Now you can turn off the sprinkler system once the debris is completely cleared out.

4. Now you can replace the screen and the last sprinkler head in the system. Turn back the controller and observe all the sprinkler heads. 

Each one should immediately pop up on the riser and emit water at the same rate. Remove any grass near the sprinklers, especially those that don’t pop up.

5. Clean the screen found under each head that has an odd spray pattern. 

Note that, if there is any debris that has accumulated on the nozzle, it’s likely to cause clogging, preventing the sprinkler from working altogether.

6. If there are any cracked nozzles, you should replace them immediately. 

Cracked nozzles allow the water to drip out from underneath rather than spraying it on the distance. 

Check if there are any nozzles that have fallen out because of maintenance and replace them.

7. Are there any tilted sprinkler heads? You need to straighten them. 

If not, they will spray water directly into the grass around them causing a huge puddle in the area. 

Even worse, there will be dry spots in the area where the water doesn’t reach.

8. Once you are done, you can turn on the controller and allow the system to complete at least one irrigation cycle. 

Check for any issues and repeat the same detection procedure. 

Final Thoughts

In conclusion, your lawn will most likely suffer if there is a problem with your sprinkler system. 

The lush green lawn will disappear and you will have a lot of brown dry spots that will reduce the aesthetic appeal of your lawn dramatically. 

With these simple leak detection methods, you should be able to identify and fix any issues immediately to keep your lawn looking green and fresh for a very long time. 

If you are looking for a trustworthy and reliable plumbing service in Melbourne, then look no further than Austest Pipeline Solutions.

We have more than 20 years’ experience in domestic, commercial, and industrial plumbing with water leak detection our speciality.

Please call us today for all your plumbing needs on 0410 609 961 or contact us through our website https://www.aus-test.com.au/contact-us/

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