Drain Pipe Relining: Why’s It So Expensive?

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The cost of pipe relining can sometimes make our customers’ eyebrows raise in surprise.
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Most manage to stop themselves exclaiming, “How much?!” But the sentiment is obvious in the eyebrows. The thing is, drain relining is actually the most cost-effective option if your drains are in such a state that they need to be repaired or replaced.

What’s the difference between drain pipe relining and replacement?

Drain pipe relining is the process of repairing pipes with the help of resin. It’s costly because it requires a lot of labour, materials, skill and equipment to complete the job. Drain replacement is what it sounds like – total replacement of pipes. Believe it or not, the cost of drain relining is nothing compared to the cost of replacing pipework in your drainage system. That’s because the cost of the reparation is so much less. The ‘no dig’ method of repairing the existing pipework means we can save time and resources. This means that you can save money.

So how much does drain relining really cost?

The cost of drain pipe relining can vary. It depends on your location and the type and size of piping you have. Before we start the drain relining process we need to do a thorough exploration of your drains. We do this with a CCTV drain survey, where we use a camera to visualise your drains. These can come in at £200+VAT or more. Then we need to clear any blockages in the system. We usually do this with our powerful drain jets at a cost of around £70+VAT. Then we will calculate the cost of relining your drains. This depends on the length and diameter of your existing pipework. The longer and larger the pipes, the more materials and time will be needed to complete the job. The average cost per square meter for 100mm wide pipe is £72. The average cost per square meter for 150mm wide pipe is £108. After we’ve completed the work we need to do a repeat CCTV survey to check everything has gone as it should. The average cost of a drain relining job in Birmingham is £650-£750, not including the original CCTV survey needed to diagnose the issues.

The question shouldn’t be, “How much does drain relining cost”, but rather, “What is drain relining worth?”

Drain relining is a great, dig-free solution to damaged pipes that would otherwise need to be totally replaced. It isn’t an option to leave leaking or collapsed pipes to continue to leak water and sewage under your property. This problem can lead to untold damage, including rising damp. It can also attract pests and lead to disease. Drain relining is really a relatively low-cost solution to a big problem. The disruption and cost that could be involved in digging up your drainage system is huge. The potential cost of the damage caused by collapsed and leaking pipes in your drainage system is equally huge. The cost of drain relining is a small price to pay for a long-lasting, dig-free solution to collapsed and cracked drain pipes. Contact us on 0121 663 1060 to find out more about the service.

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