Lead is a dangerous chemical that is toxic to the environment, and much more toxic to human beings when ingested. Lead in food or water can cause someone’s death. It is then very important that sewer pipes in residential, commercial, industrial, and municipal properties are not lead. But what if they are and they’ve been built under the ground for years and stretched for miles from house to house or business to business?
With the new trenchless technology introduction into the plumbing industry, companies now have a way to help their clients stay safe from lead poisoning.
If pipes have been installed years ago using lead materials, it will be hard to remove them all, especially if they stretch for miles. One way the trenchless technology can help is through a process called CIPP or the cured-in-place-pipe. This process does not require the digging and removing of the lead pipes but instead, a sewer liner is inserted into these pipes to line the walls with new substance that will then act as the new pipe inside the lead pipe.
In Maryland, companies are actively providing their CIPP services to ensure that its residents do not drink or use water that may have lead in it. Because lead cannot be melted, it cannot be digested, either. This means serious health risks for the people who may or may not be aware. CIPP is the best and safest option there is, unless every resident is willing to dig up their yards to take out their sewer pipes and install new ones.
How does CIPP work?
CIPP can line pipes that are circular. There are also special CIPP methods that allow this process to work on non-circular pipes. Before the CIPP liner is inserted into the pipe, all water sources must be shut off. No one should be using the sinks, showers, or toilet.
The next stage of the process is to clean the pipes of scums and particles that may be blocking the way. Using a hydro-jet, experts can easily clean those pipes and drains with ease. There is no need for intrusive digging. A clean pipe makes a smooth new pipe with CIPP method.
After the hydro-jet cleaning is done, a tube filled with epoxy-resin is then inserted into the pipe. This substance is then released and it creates a new pipe inside the lead pipe. The result is a smooth, clean pipe, free of lead.
Allow some time for the substance to set in and let it cure in place before using it. After a few hours, the new pipe inside the old pipe is inspected using a sewer camera to ensure that all gaps or holes have been covered and no part of the lead pipe is showing. When it is done, then it is ready to use again.
Unsure of what to do or whether or not a pipe is made of lead? Experts can help you figure that out and may even provide you with helpful pieces of advice.