There are only two times that you really need your sewer cleaned. The first is when it’s clogged. The second is when you’re preparing for a permanent solution to sewer troubles, like installing CIPP. Cured in place pipes need a clean surface to adhere to.
Sewer clogs can happen to any kind of piping. How you treat your drains will do more to influence whether or not your sewer clogs than anything else. If you want to cut down on clogs, make sure that you’re only sending appropriate material to your sewer. Even sewer-appropriate material can clog if it bunches up. Make sure to flush and drain responsibly.
Solid sewer clogs are rare, and more dangerous. Far more common are slow draining clogs. The sewer is clogged, but liquids can still “weep” through the pipe at a reduced rate. Either type of clog will have to be cleaned up by professionals. If you’ve already installed CIPP, contact a CIPP specialist about cleaning your sewer. Some common tools can be damaging to cured in place pipes.
Prepping for CIPP installation
A CIPP sleeve will conform to the shape of your current pipe. Sand, roots, and caked on muck will alter the shape of the final pipe. That’s why preparing for CIPP installation is one of the most important parts of the job. We’ll take the right amount of time to ensure a clean pipe and perfect starting conditions.
There are two main ways to clean a sewer before installing CIPP. The first uses percussion to knock the buildup off the walls. This method is highly effective at getting rid of thick, caked-on grime. Just like the thumping bass of a good song gets the dust out of your speaker, this percussion pounds the buildup off the pipes.
The second common method is high pressured water. Many times more powerful than a hand-held pressure washer, this water solution will wash away the toughest grime. In most cases, no chemicals are needed to get the pipes sparkling clean. Environmental protection is key in all aspects of pipe rehabilitation.