Pipe Lining Explained

Our Pipe Lining Process

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In order to explain our pipe lining process, we need to start at the beginning of the problem. You see, in order to provide each resident in your high-rise with hot water on demand, water is constantly recirculating throughout the domestic hot water system. Under pressure from this consistent water flow, copper erodes little by little over time, much like the Grand Canyon. Eventually the erosion creates a breach called a “pinhole leak”. We must drain all the water from the riser to begin preparing the pipes for our epoxy pipe lining process.

 

DISCLAIMER: These illustrations reflect a simplified version of a complicated pipe lining engineering process. Various details have been omitted to protect our method and ease your understanding. The Rikos pipe lining solution is developed by professional engineers, executed by skilled technicians, and perfected through decades of real-life application. Our patented epoxy is specially formulated for the pipe lining of copper pipes within domestic hot water systems. Nobody but the professionals employed by Rikos should attempt this pipe lining process.

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Introducing Heated Compressed Air

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We isolate the pipe line by closing each branch shut-off valve up the length of the riser. After being properly drained we blow heated compressed air throughout the riser utilizing various pneumatic processes to prepare the pipes interior surface for our epoxy solution. This key step ensures a lifelong bond between epoxy and copper. Once the air has properly dried the water line we can begin our first pipe lining epoxy injection.

 

DISCLAIMER: These illustrations reflect a simplified version of a complicated pipe lining engineering process. Various details have been omitted to protect our method and ease your understanding. The Rikos pipe lining solution is developed by professional engineers, executed by skilled technicians, and perfected through decades of real-life application. Our patented epoxy is specially formulated for the pipe lining of copper pipes within domestic hot water systems. Nobody but the professionals employed by Rikos should attempt this pipe lining process.

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Epoxy Injection

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We measure the amount of epoxy precisely before injecting it into the hot water pipe line using the compressed air. The warmed prepared pipe allows our patented epoxy to bond immediately. As the epoxy travels through the line, the air pushes itself through the liquid’s center, forcing the epoxy to adhere evenly to the pipe’s interior wall. Approaching a T-fitting, the epoxy begins to enter the horizontal branch.

 

DISCLAIMER: These illustrations reflect a simplified version of a complicated pipe lining engineering process. Various details have been omitted to protect our method and ease your understanding. The Rikos pipe lining solution is developed by professional engineers, executed by skilled technicians, and perfected through decades of real-life application. Our patented epoxy is specially formulated for the pipe lining of copper pipes within domestic hot water systems. Nobody but the professionals employed by Rikos should attempt this pipe lining process.

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Applying Counter Pressure

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We then reopen the shut-off valve to apply heated countering air pressure. This forced air impedes the progressing epoxy, prevents any pooling from occurring, and forces any excess back into the riser. The mass of epoxy continues up the riser forcing itself further into eroded areas of the pipe and is finally exhausted by the next injection point. This process is repeated at each successive injection point until the riser is completely pipe lined.

 

DISCLAIMER: These illustrations reflect a simplified version of a complicated pipe lining engineering process. Various details have been omitted to protect our method and ease your understanding. The Rikos pipe lining solution is developed by professional engineers, executed by skilled technicians, and perfected through decades of real-life application. Our patented epoxy is specially formulated for the pipe lining of copper pipes within domestic hot water systems. Nobody but the professionals employed by Rikos should attempt this pipe lining process.

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Bonding and Curing

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As the epoxy adheres to the interior wall of the pipe it forms a coating (pipe lining) that is an average of 0.5 mm thick. The heated compressed air is left to run for another 45 minutes to allow our specialized epoxy formula to set-up into a durable impenetrable shell. The air is shut off once it is no longer required, and the renewed pipes will now be left alone to cure over night.

 

 

DISCLAIMER: These illustrations reflect a simplified version of a complicated pipe lining engineering process. Various details have been omitted to protect our method and ease your understanding. The Rikos pipe lining solution is developed by professional engineers, executed by skilled technicians, and perfected through decades of real-life application. Our patented epoxy is specially formulated for the pipe lining of copper pipes within domestic hot water systems. Nobody but the professionals employed by Rikos should attempt this pipe lining process.

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A Rejuvenated System

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The pipes are ready to handle water flow the following morning. The epoxy pipe lining is four times the strength of copper and much slicker, making it completely resistant to the erosive effects of constant water flow. This renewed pipe will now last and resist leaks for up to 50 years. We only apply our epoxy pipe lining to hot water lines, as cold water lines do not facilitate constant recirculation.

 

DISCLAIMER: These illustrations reflect a simplified version of a complicated pipe lining engineering process. Various details have been omitted to protect our method and ease your understanding. The Rikos pipe lining solution is developed by professional engineers, executed by skilled technicians, and perfected through decades of real-life application. Our patented epoxy is specially formulated for the pipe lining of copper pipes within domestic hot water systems. Nobody but the professionals employed by Rikos should attempt this pipe lining process.

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November 24th, 2014 RIKOS
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