After numerous leaks in the past 25 years, I decided to have a process done which coats the inside of the pipes with epoxy, thereby sealing any existing leaks and preventing the chemical makeup of our water to cause further ones. I felt this was a better alternative to the inevitable--repiping.
The company that performed the work used this process on the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles and other large projects both commercially and residential. The process uses the various valves in the house to introduce the epoxy into the system, negating the necessity of digging up walls and roof.
The people who performed the work were courteous, knowledgeable and extremely conscientious. They had all of the equipment necessary to make sure there was no damage to my home in the course of their work. The job normally takes two days, and after carefully testing to make sure any leaks were sealed, there was a small one detected, and they stayed until it was fixed. I had the inherent outside sprinker problems associated with turning water on and off and pressurizing pipes (debris getting into the pipes and sprinker valves), all of which weren't detected before they left, and they came out in the evening to fix them for me. They bent over backwards to make sure I was satisfied and that everything was in perfect working order.
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I was really hoping someone would have this done. I looked into it about a year ago but never went through with it because I didn't get much positive feedback from people, mainly because no one had experienced it being done and we were all speculating. I hope that I can contact you in the future if I need an update on your success.
ndobbie, how long did the process take?
The process took three days. It usually takes two, but I had a small leak they still detected, so they had to locate the exact location and fix it.
I wish people would put some indication of 'location' in their profile.
Please keep us posted regarding your 'hopefully successful' pipe sealing. Could you give us some idea of cost?
You are brave trying a method that is not yet widely acclaimed.
The cost was $4700.
Were the pipes that were coated the domestic water supply? Or the radiant heat?
I just had the domestic water supply. I have forced air. The radian heat process is a separate job.
Yes, I've had numerous leaks. I loved this house when we saw it. I had a lot of fears about roof and floor problems, and they have come true. I've had to faced them alone (was divorced six months after moving in 25 years ago). I've often thought this is too much for me, but I don't know if I could live in a "traditional" house.