Malibu, CA is home to breathtaking beaches, million-dollar homes, and a private university that prides itself on maintaining a pristine and technologically advanced campus. With students, faculty, and visitors expecting top-tier facilities, it’s imperative for the university to ensure that its infrastructure remains up-to-date and in perfect working condition. So, when a crucial spa pipe developed issues, the university needed a solution that was both efficient and minimally invasive. Check out this trenchless pipe repair at a prestigious Malibu university. It was done by Jeff at Terranova Pool Inspection.

The Problem

Both students and faculty frequently utilize the university’s state-of-the-art swimming facility. It wasn’t long before they started noticing issues such as reduced water pressure and occasional backups. An initial inspection revealed that there was a leak in the spa. The thought of digging up the spa area, disrupting its aesthetics and the ongoing campus life, was unthinkable. Traditional pipe repair would mean shutting down the spa, creating a mess, and spending a lot of time and resources to restore the area.

Pipepoxy: The Trenchless Pipe Repair Solution

Trenchless pipe repair, a method growing in popularity for its minimal disruption and efficiency, became the clear choice. For those unfamiliar with the technique, trenchless repair typically involves either pipe lining (also known as CIPP or cured-in-place pipe).

For the university’s spa situation, the pipe-coating method was deemed most appropriate. The process involves:

  1. Inspection and leak detection: Using hydrophones, a camera, and dye testing to identify and confirm the exact locations of cracks and leaks.
  2. Blowdrying and Cleaning: Cleaning the pipe thoroughly and ensuring there are no obstructions.
  3. Sanding: This step is necessary to roughen the lining of the pipe to enhance the adherence of the Pipepoxy Accumix.
  4. Coating: The pipe is coated with the right size brush using an epoxy-based mix poured into the pipe.
  5. Curing and Drying: Drying takes up to 4 hours and in this case, we left the drying on longer to be on the safe side.
  6. Final Inspection: A pressure test with air only helps confirm the lines are holding pressure and therefore the leaks are repaired.

Here is the demonstration video of the spa trenchless pipe repair using the Pipepoxy system.

Advantages of Trenchless Pipe Repair

  1. Minimal Disruption: The university’s spa facility remained largely operational, with only short intervals of downtime.
  2. Cost-effective: Without excavation, labor and materials costs decrease significantly.
  3. Time-saving: The entire process took just a fraction of the time traditional methods typically require.
  4. Durability: The new lining can last for several decades, even outlasting traditional pipes in many cases.

The trenchless pipe repair at the Malibu-based private university stands as a testament to the benefits of modern plumbing solutions. It provided an efficient, cost-effective, and long-lasting solution without the disruption and hassle of traditional repair methods. As the demands of maintaining advanced facilities grow, methods like these will undoubtedly become the standard, ensuring infrastructure remains both functional and unobtrusive.