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Pipe relining methods take socials by storm

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It’s also the latest Buzzfeed fascination.

Trenchless relining methods have gone viral on social media, with Buzzfeed sharing a video on Instagram about “the satisfying trade you didn’t know you needed to learn about.” 

The internet media mogul posted the video, “A Crazy Way to Fix Pipes”, on 2 September, which has now received nearly half a million views. 

The video shows an innovative method for relining pipes that eliminates the need for excavation, making it a much more cost effective and time efficient solution that eliminates disturbance to the surrounding environment.  

The clip shows a sleeve covered in resin being pushed through the old or damaged pipe by a bladder of compressed air. 

The resin is coated on the inside of the old pipe and cures into a new, smooth lining. 

First, the old pipe is removed of any debris so the lining is able to fit through the pathway, then the pipe is inspected and measured so the lining and bladder can be cut to size. 

In order for the sleeves to turn into hard pipes, they are lathered in a resin with different chemical compounds depending on the use of the pipe. 

Next, the deflated bladder is inserted into the pipeline and pushed through the pipe. 

The bladder then fills with air and stays in place until the resin is cured. 

According to the video, jobs using this pipe relining method can generally be completed within two hours. 

The video now has more than 400 comments, with viewers commenting on the practicality and innovation of the solution. 

To view a list of pipe relining contractors, visit our directory. 

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