October 16, 2017

How To Clean Pipes Before CIPP Installation

Cured-in-place pipe (CIPP) is a trenchless rehabilitation method used to repair existing pipelines. In addition to this, it provides a seamless and jointless way to repair pipes by creating a new pipe within the existing one. CIPP was created to make pipe reparation quick and efficient. However, in order to successfully achieve the pipe within a pipe method, the original pipe must be cleaned. To better understand how your pipes are cleaned before CIPP installation, continue reading.


CIPP has to tightly fit to the internal circumference of the original pipe. In order to achieve a tight fit, the pipe must first be cleaned properly. Before a pipe can be cleaned, minor repairs need to be done. Damaged and open spots need to be patched up before installation can begin. Not only is this patch job important for cleaning the pipes, but it’s also important for installation. CIPP involves a liquid sealant that must impregnate the walls of the original tube. If there are any open spots this liquid could spill out and cause the pipeline to not form properly.


There are a few methods used by CIPP in order to prepare original pipes for installation. Two common methods used to clean and prepare pipes by CIPP installers are high-pressured washer and vibration. The high pressure washer method is used by shooting cold water at a high pressure through the pipe in order to clear out any debris. The vibration method is when vibrations are sent through the pipe in order to clean out any obstacles that might prevent the resin from sealing properly. Both of these cleaning methods are efficient and help to ensure a proper seal.

Cured-in-place pipe or CIPP helps make pipe repair easier. It eliminates the need for big disruptions and construction just to fix a pipe. However, in order for this method of pipe repair to work, the pipe first has to be repaired and cleaned. Running high-pressured water or vibrating the pipe properly cleans out pipes to prepare them for installation. Having properly cleaned pipes is crucial for CIPP to seal and repair properly.