Drain lining is basically a plumbing procedure which involves fixing an underground drain line, an old plumbing system or even an entire drainage system without the need to excavate a hole. Basically, the purpose is to build a new pipe within the older damaged pipe. Drainage systems can be installed by anyone, but if you are not confident enough to do so on your own, you can hire a professional company such as Wilkinson Environmental to fix the problem for you.
Drainage systems may have developed problems over the years because of various factors such as soil erosion and tree roots encroachment, but in some cases, simple repairing can solve the problem for good. If you are using rainwater drainage pipes to install your new drainage system, simply running a wet mix of water through the pipes will do the trick. However, if you are installing pipes in clay soil or rocky areas, you will need to have a plumber or an expert in plumbing come over and give you his professional opinion on how to proceed. Most often, repairing or replacing drainage pipes is a relatively inexpensive and simple operation. All you need to do is find out what kind of drainage material your pipes are using, then buy replacement pipes from your local plumbing supply company.
The next step to take in repairing or relining drains is to determine the length of pipe within the drain lining. This would determine the amount of space that you need to work around. The ideal situation would be to leave a three-inch allowance for the pipe within the drain lining. Once the desired length has been determined, begin excavating the area of the pipe within the drain lining using a shovel and remove as much soil as you can. Then, using a pry bar and pliers, force the exposed portions of the pipe apart.