How Much Does Pipe Relining Cost 2019

December 26, 2018 Posted By Matt O'Brien

Pipe Relining

Pipe Relining is the latest and best solution that has been created to fix damaged pipes in buildings. It’s done by placing a patented epoxy lining in the interior of the damaged pipe and forcing it to align with the sides and take its shape. When it hardens, it becomes a layer of pipe aligned properly with the damaged pipe and sealing all the damaged parts off.

The best part about this technology is that there is no need for digging up the ground to replace the pipe. Therefore, it can be done more quickly without any damage to your property. For inspection, plumbers can simply use a pipe camera to look into your pipes, determine where the problem is and how to best tackle it.

Given that this solution saves you more time and energy, and doesn’t compromise your property, the next thing you want to know is how much it is going to cost. The cost of pipe relining depends on the type of damage that has been done to your pipes and the extent to which the damage has been done.

The other Factors are Explained Thus

  • The Size and Length of the Pipe to be Relined:

The costs of plumbing might vary depending on the location the service is being provided, however, it usually ranges between $80 to $150 per foot. Alternatively, you might be charged per meter instead, and that usually goes between $300 and $600. This price is also influenced by the diameter or the circumference of the pipe used because a 5-foot pipe with 1 inch diameter and another of the same length but 4-inch diameter are not the same.  It’s always best to allow the plumbers run a diagnostics of the pipes first to determine the extent of the actual problem and how much of it needs to be repaired.

In some cases, the length of the damage is not alone to determine the price you’ll be charged. There’s a huge difference between relining a small section and doing a complete reline of the pipes in a certain area. Also, if there are are junctions in the area, it’s quite different, especially if the entire junction needs to be relined.

  • The Access to the Areas to be Relined:

This is very important because even if there won’t be any major excavation, plumbers still need access to the source of the problem in order to fix it. In some cases, they might have to dig in order to reach the pipe and that’s just going to cost extra in addition to the fees for the relining per measurement. Other times, one access might not be enough to engage the problem. All these factors add to the price to be paid.

  • The Pipe Relining System to be Used:

Depending on the damage, there are at least four systems that can be used to reline your pipes and three resins that can be used in each system.

The Four Systems Include :

  • Cured-in place –  This system is used for trench-less systems. The interior of the pipe is drenched and cleaned, then jest of hot steam of liner is cured in place. When the liner steam dries off, the problem has been fixed.
  • Pull-in place – This method is mostly considered to be the best of all four. It is used for bigger pipes with even larger cracks but it requires two access points. Similarly to the cured-in place system, the liner is introduced into the pipe in steam form from one access point and sealed off and air is introduced through the other access point till it dries off.
  • Pipe Bursting – This method is used when the pipes have been severely damaged and require replacement. The plumbers will need physical access to the pipe, so they place a bursting head at the access point on one end and use hydraulic power to drag the head through the pipe to the other end. The pipe will be slightly smaller in diameter but will be a brand-new replacement with a guarantee of more than 50 years.
  • Internal Pipe Coating – This system is used in pretty much the worst case scenario which is when the leaks start to spread and affect the surroundings. The pipes will have to be completely drained of the liquids in order to prepare the area for treatment. With the use of a thick epoxy coating spray on the interior, the leaks and cracks are sealed off and your piper are as good as new.

In each of these systems, depending on the level of damage, the types of resins that can be used include

  • the polyester resin which is the most affordable,
  • the epoxy resin which is the most expensive, doesn’t shrink and doesn’t contain any dangerous fumes,
  • The vinyl Resin which is basically a hybrid of the polyester and the vinyl and has a similar price to the epoxy liner.


Basically, the cost of relining your pipes depend primarily on the extent of the damage. More importantly, as helpful as all of this information is, do not attempt to carry on such projects as this without any formal training. Leave it to the professionals and get your money’s worth.

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