What is Pipe Relining? How Does it Work?

Have you ever wondered how your professional plumber repairs broken pipes without digging them up? The answer is pipe relining– a no-dig repair method that was designed for this exact problem. No one wants to destroy their yard or basement to complete a repair. That’s why pipe relining grows in popularity because more and more homeowners want to preserve their property while maintaining its plumbing.


With the professional plumbers at Plumbing Medic, you can have your plumbing restored all without any damage to your yard or foundation. Does that sound too good to be true? Well, keep reading to find out how our services match your every plumbing need!

What is Pipe Relining?

Pipe Relining is a method of repairing cracked or broken pipes from the inside, without any excavation. Basically, a brand new and tough pipe fills the inside of an existing damaged pipe, sealing off any leaks and allowing for a better flow. This is a fantastic solution for any home, but for those with extended systems or developed yards, it’s a lifesaver.

At Plumbing Medic, we ensure that the entire process is hassle-free. A reduced or eliminated water flow is a big problem, and our pro plumbers can get the job done without disturbing your day-to-day life.


Did you know that tree roots can grow into pipes?

But while pipe relining is a fantastic save for many homeowners, it doesn’t fix every problem. If you have tree roots invading your plumbing system, then you’ll most likely require a bit of excavation to fully address the problem. There’s no point in installing a new pipe if it’s only going to have the same problem. It’s always better to address the root of a problem, not just the symptoms it causes.

How Does Pipe Relining Work?

Depending on the type of piping you have and which supplier you used, there are many different approaches to relining pipes. Generally, it involves playing a cured pipe lining with a resin solution to hold it in place. Below is a step-by-step process of what you can expect:

1. Inspection & Measurement

First, it’s important to assess the damage, which allows your plumber to know how to best tackle the solution.  A drain camera is a useful tool that might be used. It’s the perfect device to show us exactly where the blockage or damage is.

2. Custom Pipe & Bladder Creation

Once the measurements are taken, a custom felt liner and bladder are made to match the exact specifications of the pipe. Often pipework is a maze of interconnecting pipes and drains, so it’s important to get this step correct.

3. Installation

At this point, the new pipelining is ready to install. Coated in resin, the bladder and pipeline are inserted into the damaged pipe. A little rope on the other end is used to tug it into place. That’s how we’re able to manage such an extensive repair without digging!

4. Final Testing

To double-check the perfect efficiency of your new pipe lining, we follow up with the camera and a water flow test to make sure that everything is sealed correctly.

Why Should You Reline Water Pipes?

Different types of pipes require different maintenance, especially when it comes to pipe relining. Often, plumbing maintenance is the answer to preventing plumbing repair. Pipe relining is the answer to both. As you reline water pipes, you ensure greater longevity for your plumbing. And by solving cracks and bursts with a new lining, you drastically reduce the cost and disruption of repairs. That’s why Plumbing Medic offers pipe relining services to our clients– because we understand the headache that a major repair causes.


Relining Pipes VS Replacement

The thing about replacement and relining is that they both solve the same issues. The differences are the disruption of your daily life and the cost. For whatever reason, pipes often get damaged over time and use. When this happens, you’ve got the choice between relining and replacement.

Take a look at our repair services here if you’re ready to decide which solution you require.

To decide between these repairs, you’ll need to consider the severity of the problem, the time and budget you have to fix it, as well as what level of excavation you can tolerate. In general, pipe relining is more affordable. However, in extreme cases, a replacement can be a better long-term investment

Pipe Relining with Plumbing Medic

By now you have a good understanding of what pipe relining is, and how it might benefit you. If you have a need for a pipe repair, but don’t want to dig up your yard or house, then pipe relining is a fantastic option. Even for larger repairs, the solution is still very viable! However, if you have a massive piping problem, then you might want to consider a replacement.


Pipe relining is an easy process that doesn’t disturb the homeowner. That’s why it’s becoming a more popular repair option. At Plumbing Medic, we have a variety of solutions for any plumbing disaster. Give us a call at 1-866-661-2424 and we can get started on assessing what service best suits your needs.