What Is So Special About Cured in Place Pipe?

For many student, late-August means a new start to the school year with classes in full swing. Unfortunately for students and teachers of Kaiser Elementary School, however their class schedule had a bit of a detour.

The Oklahoma City school was disrupted by a sewage problem that created a foul odor throughout the halls and prevented all but two bathrooms from functioning properly. The 66-year-old building began noticing it’s plumbing failures on a Thursday night, causing school to be canceled the following Friday. Officials are uncertain the cause behind the failure.

What may seem like a small enough plumbing issue could actually be a symptom of a larger issue. Often times one clog is followed by more, and foul smelling odor will just grow stronger as mold begins to grow. While it may be tempting to write off one incident and solve the immediate problem, it is important to know the symptoms of a larger issue.


While damaged pipes could result from a number of problems, there are a few tell-tale signs that you are at risk for bursting or clogged pipes.

  • Constant Clogging: If your pipe continually clogs or is backed up, it is possible there is a break in your sewer line.
  • Foul odors: Your pipes may have pockets of moisture built up as a result of a cracked pipe that produces a fungus-y smell.
  • Lower water pressure: This could be a sign that your pipes have expanded, cracked or burst.
  • Whistling noises: If a pipe is dented it can create a segment of a pipe that is too small to let all the water pass, and will emit a whistling sound. If gone undetected, the water pressure will increase and cause the pipe to burst.

If you notice any of these symptoms, you may be facing a greater problem. In the case of Oklahoma City School for example, it is very likely their pipes were rusting or cracking due to it’s old age.

Pipes built before the 80s are susceptible to breakage because they were most likely made with galvanized steel. The steel often gets clogged with iron deposits or begin to rust. Your pipes may also be blocked by tree roots, grease or pipe dislocation from expanding soil.

Many businesses are afraid to look at the bigger problem in fear of the cost, so they just go for the quick fix. The problem is, if you you have constant clogging or another incriminating symptom, ignoring the problem will just make it worse- and more expensive.

Fortunately, in today’s modern age the fears of digging up your yard, disrupting business and costing a fortune are over. With our cured-in-place pipe (CIPP) technology, there’s no need to dig up property ever again. A CIPP creates a pipe-within-a-pipe using your existing plumbing structure. At Roberts Plumbing, after uncovering the main problem with video inspection technology, we discover the best access point to go into the pipe. A resin then fills the pipe and hardens, creating a new, sturdier pipe. This system doesn’t require a large team and doesn’t take days of digging, unlike the older methods of pipe restoration.

If you are facing issues like foul odors and leaks, call Roberts Plumbing to learn more about the simplicity and lasting results, of a cured-in-place pipe.