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                                                                                                                                                                 Last updated 5 January, 2014 > site map > cipp drain lining > defective drain liners                                                 

When Drain Liners Go Wrong

When done correctly using the right materials and technique drain lining can save major disruption and upheaval whilst delivering a permanent and quality repair, when liners are poorly installed they can cause untold problems and usually in areas not related to the initial problem, an excavation can often be the only way of removing the defective liner.

Liners can and do go wrong occasionally and it has happened to the best of us, it is usually down to human error, inexperience or a ground water issue that you were not aware of but in truth it has never been easier to install a cipp liner system.

Modern materials and resins are reliable and can be ordered in pre-measured and mixed quantities taking all the risk out of the calculation and mixing process, an area that was always prone to disaster when liners would start to cure when only half installed.

Typical defects on liners are due to;

  • Poorly wetted out liner leaving a rough or course finish to the liner wall
  • Resin washed out of liner end due to poor wetting out or water flow prior to inversion
  • Poor preparation of system prior to installation including roots, debris, encrustation not fully removed
  • Debris drawn into the system during the installation of drag in liners
  • Liner over stretched or twisted during installation
  • Excess resin left in system after installation causing blockages
  • End of liner not fully opened when inversion hose inflated, usually on single entry liners
  • Lip or step caused by liner in outlet of a manhole or inspection chamber
  • Wrong type of liner used causing wrinkles on bends or changes of direction

poor drain linerThe worst liners we come across are simply down to poor workmanship and the guys are either trying to do too much in one day or they are on job and finish so anything goes, there is a certain element in the industry who move from one company to another on a regular basis so they have little regard for the long term result of a poorly installed liner. We then have the contractors who will reline anything in order to raise an invoice even though there comes a point on any system where defects such as stepped joints or a severely dipped line are beyond a Cipp liner repair.

The image to the right shows a poorly installed liner end on the outlet of a manhole, the jagged edges at the base of the liner caused a build up of paper and waste until the system eventually blocked.

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