Saving Money On Your Pipe Relining Cost: Tips From The Trenches

Saving Money On Your Pipe Relining Cost: Tips From The Trenches

Got some funky pipes that need relining? we feel you. Pipe problems are the worst – leaky pipes, backed up drains, roots busting through. And hiring plumbers to dig up and replace your pipes can cost a small fortune.

Luckily, trenchless pipe relining is a money-saving option that repairs pipes from the inside out. But even relining can get pricey if you’re not smart about it.

After managing dozens of relining projects, we have picked up some solid tips for minimizing pipe relining cost. Whether you’re tackling the job yourself or hiring a pro like The Relining Company, these tricks will help you finish your project without blowing your budget.

The Basics of Trenchless Pipe Relining

First things first – let’s review how relining actually works so you understand what you’re paying for. The process involves inserting a resin-soaked liner into the damaged pipe. The liner expands to fit tightly against the pipe walls. Then it’s hardened using hot water, steam, or UV light. This essentially creates a “pipe within a pipe”  , a brand new interior surface without having to dig up and replace your old pipes.

Compared to traditional pipe replacement, relining saves big time on labor costs, yard repairs, drywall repairs, etc. But the materials and process can still add up, especially for long runs of pipe. The key is finding ways to minimize the amount of pipe that needs relining.

Focus on Problem Sections

Here’s a rookie mistake we see all the time: homeowners get one estimate for relining their entire pipe system. Then they’re shocked at the huge price tag. But chances are, you don’t need your entire system relined. Many times, it’s just a few problem sections that are broken or clogged.

Start by using a sewer camera to inspect your pipes. Make note of which sections have cracks, leaks, root intrusion, etc. Then get quotes for just relining those specific damaged portions, not everything. You can save thousands by avoiding unnecessary work on pipe sections that are still in good shape.

Know When to Dig

As great as relining is, it’s not a fix-all. In some cases, partial pipe replacement makes more sense. For example, if you have a severely collapsed or misaligned section, relining may not be possible. Digging up and replacing that single section could cost less than wrestling with it through relining.

Also consider digging when:

  • The damaged section is easily accessible
  • Your yard needs other work anyway
  • The pipe is very short – like under a sidewalk or driveway

Get quotes for both options and compare costs. Be open to replacing small sections the old-fashioned way if it saves money overall.

Shop Around for the Right Contractor

Relining is a competitive industry, so get multiple bids and negotiate for the best deal. I know that sounds time-consuming, but it’s worth it in the end.

Look for an experienced local contractor who answers all your questions clearly. They should assess your situation and suggest cost-effective solutions, not push the most expensive fixes.

Some contractors will even monitor for deals on materials and pass the savings along to you. A little legwork finding the right provider can really pay off.

Maximize Your DIY Work

If you’re technically inclined, take on parts of the project yourself to save on labor fees:

  • Expose the pipes. Dig down to provide access to the damaged sections. Just be sure to call 811 first to mark any buried utilities.
  • Perform preparatory repairs. Patch any holes or gaps that could cause leaks after relining.
  • Handle post-project tasks like burying pipes, fixing drywall, painting, etc.

Even if you hire out the relining process itself, doing the access work yourself keeps costs down. I recommend it for DIYers on a budget.

Consider Timing

One last tip, timing your project strategically can save money too. Materials are cheaper in the off-season when demand is lower. For example, schedule summer repairs in spring or fall.

Contractors also tend to run winter discounts and deal with slower schedules then. Keep an eye out for coupon books and promos too – some companies run them in January. Finally, check with your city. Some offer grant programs for sewer repairs, with better funding during certain months.

With the right prep work and research, you can get your pipes relined and your costs minimized. Stay tuned for more trenchless tips and tricks.

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