When your client needs pipe repair, your materials decisions impact the efficiency and quality of the work as well as the wear and tear on their landscaping. In many situations, you must decide between using Thermoform PVC Pipeliners as a solution or CIPP liners. Here is a quick guide to help you with your choice between PVC Liners vs. CIPP Liners.
Thermoform provides PVC-A pipe liners that allow you to rehabilitate sewer pipes and underground drainage systems. Their delivery mechanism works simply, but effectively to expand with steam, then mold to the host pipe. Assuming the pipe’s shape, the liner creates a seamless new pipe within the existing pipe that performs the same duties as the original without requiring trenching to pull up the old pipes. This trenchless method provides a reliable method of solving an age-old problem. Thermoforms methods provide an inert, non-toxic trenchless solution that’s shelf-stable. It comes in various sizes ranging from four-inch (100mm) to 36-inch (900mm).
The key difference between Thermoform’s product and Cured-in-Place (CIPP) results from their method of expansion and sealing. Unlike Thermoform’s steam method, CIPP uses a chemical reaction to install its product. Otherwise, they have many similarities since CIPP also seamlessly molds to a host pipe from within it to prevent debris and water infiltration and sewage exfiltration and restore structural integrity. In tests, it performs better than clay pipe and provides a smoother surface than concrete.
When comparing PVC fold and form pipe liners vs. cured in place pipe liners, both products allow trenchless installation, but Thermoform provides an ecological solution since it requires no chemicals to install. This makes it safer for you and your clients since you use simple steam to install it. While both products create a pipe within a pipe, one does so without causing environmental damage. Call us today or fill out the form on this website to learn more about using our environmentally friendly solution when it comes to sewer rehabilitation.