Boston Trenchless Pipe Lining

Providing specialized and flexible solutions that are fitted to the needs of our Boston, MA customers.

When a Boston sewer piping system needs repairs, the traditional solution has always been to dig down and replace the pipes, but this method is far from ideal — it requires destroying landscapes, walkways, foundations, floors and walls, which makes it expensive, labor-intensive, time-consuming and often disruptive to those living or working nearby.

Fortunately, Boston property owners now have another option when it comes to fixing their problematic pipes. It’s called trenchless pipe lining, a minimally invasive technique that involves relining or coating their existing pipes without needing to dig or damage their property in any way. Keep reading to learn more about this exciting technology.

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What Is Trenchless Pipe Lining Repair?

Traditional dig-and-replace sewer repair involves fully excavating the damaged pipes, creating a long, messy trench that destroys landscaping and hardscaping and brings down property values. On top of the expense associated with restoring your pipes, this method of sewer repair leaves you footing the bill to re-pave driveways, plant new greenery or repair holes in your floors or walls.

For many years, excavation was the only option for plumbers and their customers. However, about 20 years ago, the introduction of trenchless plumbing technology revolutionized our industry. Trenchless pipelining methods make it possible for us to fully replace a damaged sewer line in Boston without digging a massive trench or removing the existing pipe.

Cured-in-Place Pipe Lining in Boston, Massachusetts

Cured-in-place (CIPP) pipe relining is an affordable alternative to replacing pipes the traditional way. Using CIPP lining technology, technicians can restore corroded sewer lines in Boston without having to dig down and remove them. With this method, plumbing technicians install an epoxy liner in the interior of the old pipes, which seals and protects the system from deteriorating further and extends the piping system’s life dramatically.

The cutting-edge CIPP system creates a long-lasting, structural pipe within the existing sewage system. This new pipe is exceptionally durable and has an improved flow rate, sealed cracks, no weakened joints and no chance of groundwater contamination.

The CIPP Lining Process

The no-dig pipe lining process consists of the following steps.

  • Cleaning the pipes: Technicians begin by cleaning the existing pipe system to get rid of buildup and scale and get as close to the original pipe surface as possible.
  • Inserting the felt liner: The trenchless technicians will then take a custom-made felt liner soaked in epoxy and pull it through the piping system. This liner somewhat resembles a sock that has both of its ends cut off.
  • Expanding the bladder: Once the plumbing specialists pull the liner into place, they inflate a rubber bladder inside the liner. As the bladder expands, it compresses and secures the epoxy to the pipe’s interior.
  • Curing the epoxy: After the epoxy finishes curing, which averages takes two to four hours depending on the temperatures, the technicians deflate the bladder and pull it out, leaving what is effectively a brand-new pipe within a pipe extending the lifespan of at least 50 years.

CIPP Lining Applications in Boston

The CIPP lining process is an effective solution for many different piping materials, including:

  • Clay
  • Concrete
  • Cast Iron
  • Steel
  • Fiberglass
  • PVC
  • Asbestos
  • Ductile

It is also suitable for a variety of plumbing, electrical and HVAC systems, such as:

  • Sanitary systems
  • Conduit for wiring
  • Pump systems
  • Storm or roof drains
  • Mains, vertical stacks, horizontal laterals
  • Industrial/processed/chemical piping
  • Commercial, residential, municipal, industrial, hospitality, agricultural and federal properties

At ClearFlow, we perform CIPP trenchless pipe relining in Boston using the highest-quality materials, and can reline pipes ranging from 2 inches to 24 inches in diameter and up to 150 feet long per lining section and unlimited total lengths per project.

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What Problems Can Trenchless Pipe Repair Solve?

No-dig pipe repair can solve a wide range of plumbing system problems. If you’re experiencing any of the following issues, trenchless pipe repair may be the solution for you.

  • Sewer leaks: Common signs of sewer leaks include sounds of constantly running water, moist or spongy floors, unpleasant odors, cracks in your home’s foundation, unusual landscape growth accompanied by wet, sunken patches, high water bills and the presence of rats or flies.
  • Sewer backups: Tree root intrusions, clogs or collapsed or broken sewer lines are all common causes of sewer backups. CIPP pipe lining can partially or fully fix collapsed sections of your pipe.
  • Cracked or broken pipes: CIPP pipe lining can reconnect separated portions of the pipe or sections where a break or crack has occurred.
  • Old pipes: If you live in an older home, you may want to consider trenchless pipe repair. Even if your outdated plumbing is not causing any problems, pipe relining and coating can prevent issues in the future that could lead to costly damages and repairs.
  • Channel in the bottom of the pipes: Sewer line channeling occurs when running water cuts a course into the bottom of a sewer line over time similar to the formation of a ravine, canyon or gully. This is often caused by drain clearing products (like Drano, Liquid Plumber, etc), industrial acids, harsh cleaners, and soda syrups.
  • Scale buildup: Buildup of scale in your pipes can become a breeding ground for bacteria and minerals that eat away the surface of your pipes.

Does Trenchless Sewer Repair Work?

Yes! Non-invasive pipe relining offers an impressive range of benefits, some more obvious than others.

  • No destruction of property: Because our services are non-invasive, we won’t have to dig up your landscaping, jackhammer your foundation, or open up your drywall. You also won’t need to worry about a massive excavation project that will affect the aesthetic appeal of your home or business and leave you with the hassle and expense of restoring your yard, landscaping, driveway, patio, sidewalk or parking lot in Boston.
  • No need to replace flooring or concrete: With trenchless pipe relining, you’ll avoid the cost of repairing the destroyed concrete or hard to match flooring.
  • Little to no disruption: Our repairs will minimize disruptions to your business or home life. All workers or residents on the property can proceed with their daily activities. No one will have to be displaced, and no businesses will have to close, we can work around your schedule and limit downtime of using your sewer facilities.
  • Eco-friendly: Traditional pipe repair tends to damage lawns, shrubs, and trees. Our trenchless techniques preserve, rather than damage, these landscape features. Because there is no digging, there is also no chance of exposing buried toxins that leach into the groundwater and harm wildlife.
  • Faster: We can typically complete our trenchless pipe repair services within a single day, as opposed to days and even weeks traditional pipe replacement takes.
  • Cheaper: Because a trenchless project requires less manual labor, they allow us to use a smaller crew, making labor costs less expensive. The fewer hours it takes to complete this job will also lower labor costs.
  • No permits required: No digging also means no need to go to the trouble and additional costs of getting permits.
  • Increased performance: The CIPP line can significantly improve your sewer system’s performance. If we rehabilitate your pipes using our non-invasive methods, you’ll notice a better flow rate, less accumulation of waste and fewer clogs.
  • Prevents future problems: CIPP lining eliminates the chance of trouble in the future, such as root intrusion, corrosion, cracking and leaking. You can expect an issue-free sewer system for many years to come.
  • Longer warranty: We offer a 10-year warranty with our services, which is much longer than the one-year warranty most businesses offer for new pipe replacement.
  • No dust: Unlike traditional pipe replacement, trenchless pipe repair does not generate any dust or dirt so you can breathe more easily.
  • Suitable for any climate or temperature: If you live in a more northern climate, the ground stays frozen for many months of the year, making digging trenches impossible. With trenchless pipe repair, this isn’t a concern because we can work all winter and in any temperatures.
  • Weather delays: In traditional pipe replacement your excavation project can be delayed because of constant rain and mud. But not with CIPP lining we can work even in bad weather conditions or rain, so you don’t have to constantly adjust your schedule as a result of weather delays.
  • Creates a seamless pipe: Our pipe repairs create, in effect, one joint-free pipe that resists future damage from cracks, seismic shifts, and tree root invasion. That’s a benefit even new pipes can’t provide!

Trenchless Pipe Technology Benefits

  • 50 year warranty
  • No digging or jack hammering
  • Safe for drinkable water lines and environment (NSF 14 & 61 Approved)
  • Costs less than traditional dig and replace method
  • Improves flow efficiency
  • Blocks root intrusion
  • Seals open joints
  • Seals missing sections

How Long Does a Trenchless Repair Take?

It depends on the size of your project, but our team can generally finish smaller pipe runs in a 6 to 8 hours, and we complete the majority of cases in less than a day. When you compare this to the multiple days that it typically takes to repair pipes using the traditional methods, it’s easy to see the enormous advantage that trenchless technology offers.

How Much Does Trenchless Sewer Repair Cost?

When considering the long-term value of trenchless pipe repair, it’s much more cost-effective than traditional pipe repair. Because this technology eliminates the need for digging, labor costs are significantly less. Non-invasive pipe relining also significantly boosts the durability and longevity of the pipe system, which means you’re unlikely to be paying any repair bills in the future.

Furthermore, with traditional pipe repair, the cost of excavation can cost thousands of dollars, and the cleanup isn’t cheap, either. With trenchless sewer replacement, you don’t have to worry about either of these costs.

Let ClearFlow Repair Your Pipes

If you want your pipes repaired quickly, safely and affordably, ClearFlow is proud to be one of the best trenchless pipe repair contractors on the East Coast. Contractors that offer our cutting-edge services are few and far between, and we’re one of the few serving Massachusetts as well as the surrounding areas. Our leadership has years of combined experience with this method of pipe repair, which is rare for a relatively new field.

In addition to our high-quality equipment and service, we also strive to provide the best customer service possible. We include a 10-year guarantee with our CIPP pipe relining, a far more generous offer than the one-year warranty most plumbing repair service providers offer. We’ll also give free estimates and second opinions, so you won’t have to worry about unexpected fees or hidden costs once the job begins. We provide a clear explanation of your available options along with the cost, so you’ll know we’re honest and upfront about the price and your choices.

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