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Advantages of Drain Relining

There are many advantages of drain relining some more obvious than others so come and check them out.

Damaged drain pipes are a common problem but also a problem that can go unnoticed until it’s too late. Leaky drain pipes are tricky to detect, and by the time they are noticed, the damage to the pipe and the environment, polluting the soil, has been done. usually, this meant excavating the area to replace the pipeline, which could create traffic problems and be an extensive and expensive project.

Nowadays, it’s a lot easier to fix these leaking drain problems thanks to modern technology and cheaper. This is where drain relining comes in. Drain relining is a met犀利士 hod used to repair damaged pipes, using a lining fitted into the existing damaged pipe without excavating any groundwork. Drain relining can fix leaks or cracks caused by blockages in the pipes or tree roots that have broken through the pipe, which is more likely to happen with clay drainage pipes. Once the new lining is installed, it’s like a new pipe.

So what are t犀利士 he advantages of drain relining?

Less Expense

With no need for digging up the area, there’s no use for excavation equipment, reducing the cost of equipment and labour.

Minimal Downtime

Drain relining requires less equipment and machinery and no excavation, reducing the disruption to the local area’s daily movements. No roads need to be closed or diverted; they can be done around business trading times, as it is a trenchless rehabilitation method that reduces downtime.

Prevention of Future Leaks and Tree Root Interruptions

The drain relining works as an extra barrier for any tree roots breaking through the drainage pipes and is an excellent preventative measure. Regular camera drain surveys can also help prevent other leaks, cracks, or intrusions before they become a more significant and costly situation.


A benefit of drain relining is that it improves the pipe’s structural integrity and has a durability of many years. Regular inspections can extend the life of the drainage pipe even further.

If you have any more questions about the advantages of drain relining then feel free to contact us.

Trenchless Rehabilitation

Different Types of Trenchless Rehabilitation

Trenchless rehabilitation is an amazing process not involving digging things up but whenever people think of sewer rehabilitation, they think of dug-up areas, whether roads, gardens, or pavements. It’s not only a time-consuming job but a disruptive and costly one, as damaged or broken pipes would need to be excavated along the entire length of the pipe to remove and replace it. Thankfully now, there are trenchless methods contractors can use to restore existing pipes without digging up the ground.

Many trenchless rehabilitation solutions have been introduced, including CIPP (Cured-in-place pipe), slip lining, and pipe bursting. Each method has the same goal; however, depending on equipment, time and money, the extent of the damage done will depend on what method will work suitably. So let’s go through the different types of trenchless rehabilitation.

CIPP Lining (Cured-in-place piping)

CIPP Lining is a way to repair an existing pipe with a textile liner and a liquid resin. It’s non-evasive and doesn’t require any ground removal! What happens with CIPP Lining is using either robotic cutting tools or high-pressure water technology to clean the existing pipe of any debris or blockages that have caused the damage, inserting a liner that has been mixed with a resin into the pipe and using air pressure, it is blown up inside the damaged pipe and then cured using UV light. By curing the lining, it hardens and becomes a newly strengthened pipe. Another robotic cutting tool will then be inserted into the pipe to reinstate any branch line connections.


Sliplining is a method used for repairing leaks or restoring the structural stability of an existing pipe. Sliplining inserts a smaller pipe into the larger host pipe, grouting the space between the two pipes and sealing the ends.

Pipe Bursting

The trenchless pipe bursting method replaces different pipe types, including concrete, steel, and clay. Using the existing pipeline as a guide, the pipe bursting method cuts through the pipe whilst pulling a new polyethene into place behind it.

犀利士 “>Contact our team if you’re looking for trenchless rehabilitation equipment to help you improve your trenchless methods.


Most Common Drainage Issues in the Commercial Industry

When it comes to commercial business premises, drainage problems can be a much bigger problem compared to domestic drainage problems. Commercial drainage issues can be a severe and expensive issue. Below are some of the most common drainage issues in the commercial industry.

Food, Grease and Fatbergs

For those commercial kitchens, food debris, fat, grease and oil can block the pipes, causing many problems in the drainage system. If they notice the first signs of blockage, slow-draining water or bad smells coming from the sinks, they’ll need to call in professionals.


Toilets can get blocked on a regular basis in one household; however, in commercial buildings, the scale of potential problems that can arise from multiple people using the facilities day in and day out. Shopping centres, restaurants, and hospitals where foot traffic is constant, if their toilets get blocked it can cause significant damage to the drainage systems and could potentially close the buildings down temporarily until it’s fixed, which is the last thing that businesses want.


Did you know concrete can also cause drain blockages? When it comes to building sites, concrete entering drainage pipes is a high possibility. If concrete gets into the drainage system, it can stick to the surfaces of the pipes and can settle in the bends resulting in a blockage that can create a backflow of wastewater.

For those of you who specialise in commercial drainage, we can guarantee we at IMS Robotics have the right equipment you need to fix and prevent any serious problems that can occur in the commercial industry. If you need any advice on our tools, our experts will be happy to help and advise you t犀利士 o make sure you find the right equipment for the job. And you don’t have to buy the equipment; you can rent it for how long you need it and return it when you’re done.

If you have any more questions about the common drainage issues or our equipment feel free to contact us.


Robotic Cameras – How they can make drain surveys easier

Drain problems can start as something minor, a small leak or a small blockage, but if left unnoticed, small can soon turn in to significant issues with costly ramifications. Such problems can cause damage to properties and your customer’s bank balance! And many of these problems might not have been so bad if preventative measures had been taken, and this is where you and our robotic cameras come in!

Drain surveys can help homeowners and business owners, or prospective ones, have peace of mind that if anything is found

it’s caught early and will cause little disruption. So where would this service make the most impact?

Potential New Property Owners

People wouldn’t buy a house or building without a building survey; they need to know and be aware of any structural issues or potential problems they could face, so why should drain surveys be any different? By getting a drain survey, they will be able to avoid any nasty surprises that may rear their ugly head beneath their dream home.


If homeowners are in the planning stages of an extension or similar major renovations on the property, they will need to have accurate plans of the drainage system below t犀利士 he ground.

An Old Property means Old Drainage.

Old properties will have old drainage systems. The old pipes are at risk of bursting, corrosion and damage from tree roots, so it’s better to know about any potential issues so homeowners can plan for the repairs that may be needed rather than be faced with any nasty surprises.

It’s better to be safe than sorry; using robotic cameras for drain surveys is a great prevention method, not to mention that it is not as costly as the alternative.

Our WIPERcam basic in-house inspection and our Robotic Cameras are perfect for small-diameter inspection purposes. It can manoeuvre in drain pipes as small as DN 50 and up to DN 110. Attached at the end of a 25-meter supply hose, it comes with the only camera head in the industry of pushrod cameras that features a wiper to ensure perfect visibility. If you would like to know about our WIPERcam basic, get in touch with our team, and we’ll be happy to assist you.

Is Drain Relining the right solution?

Is drain relining the right solution for damaged or leaking pipes? there by far one of the trickiest household maintenance issues to fix. They can be hard to detect and, when noticed, could be detrimental and cause property damage and environmental damage. When there’s a damaged pipe, households can get rising damp, attract pests and bugs, and, in its worst case, can cause illness.

So, is drain lining the right solution for such damage?

When a pipe was damaged or leaking years ago, the only way to fix it was to dig up the ground and replace the broken pipe. It was a very costly and time-consuming process as the pipes are buried metres underground, below buildings, and roads. It was a disruptive process.

With the advances in technology we have today, fixing a damaged or leaking pipe can be far less disruptive. Drain relining is a way to repair damaged pipes by fixing a new lining into an existing pipe. This removes the need to dig up the ground and create significant disruptions, and reduces the need to replace the pipe altogether.

Before lining the broken pipe, using robotic cutting tools or ultra-high-pressu犀利士 re water technology, the pipes will be cleaned of any debris and blockages so that when the liner is mixed with the resin solution, it can easily be placed into the pipe. Using air pressure, it is blown out so that the lining creates a new pipe within the existing one.

A UV curing system is inserted into the newly lined pipe and cured with UV light. The material hardens by curing the lining, making it strong and like a new pipe. Once fully cured, another robotic cutting tool will be placed into the new pipe to reinstate any branch line connections.

If you need to know more about the drain relining equipment or process you may need for drain lining, give us a call or contact us. Our team of experts will be able to tell you what robotic cutting tools you may need and how to use our UV curing systems and get you well on your way to a successful job well done.

Ultra high water pressure technology

High Water Pressure Technology – Does it Work?

High water pressure drain jetting is a common solution to many blocked drain issues and will get things back in worki犀利士 ng order in no time.

What is high water pressure technology?

Drain jetting is a process that uses high-water pressure jets to flush out any debris or blockage in the drain and pipe systems. Over time, substances such as oil and build-up from inside the pipes and other debris, can stick, accumulate and compact inside pipes and drains.

The high-pressure water jets can break down these compact blockages and smoothly push them through the pipeline. Using high-water pressure technology is becoming one of the most common methods for clearing blocked drains. This is excellent news for everyone involved as it’s a practical solution that provides minimal disruption, is cost-effective and environmentally friendly, and doesn’t require using any toxic chemicals.

Can people DIY it?

The short answer is no. People may think, ‘if it’s just water pressure, I can use my pressure washer.’ However, you would be wrong. Our high water pressure technology is much more sophisticated and powerful than the kind in your garage when you need to clean your garden patio. Our hoses are a number of metres long and incredibly flexible to allow for twists and turns in the drainage system many metres below the ground.
The water pressure is that high it can break down the toughest of blockages, such as tree roots that have grown into the pipes and fatbergs and blast them away with ease.

Why get this piece of equipment from IMS Robotics?

IMS Robotics wants our equipment and services to be available and affordable to everyone, which is why we are offering the change to rent or buy our equipment. By renting the equipment means you don’t have to own the product, and you can return it when you no longer need it. IMS Robotics will always be here for you when you need us, and we will do our utmost to ensure your satisfaction. If you would like to know more about our renting policies or our robots and equipment, get in touch with us.

Trenchless Sewer Rehabilitation: Why it's so important

Trenchless Sewer Rehabilitation: Why it’s so important

Trenchless rehabilitation, such as CIPP lining, can help extend the life e犀利士 xpectancy of pipes without disturbing the ground above.
Trenchless rehabilitation is more sustainable and cost-effective as there will be no service disruptions or digging up any pavements or walkways. Traditional sewer rehabilitation methods are costly for local council budgets and can cause traffic delays until the work is completed. Trenchless sewer rehabilitation efforts are more cost-effective and friendly to the environment as nothing has to be disrupted and creates little to no damage or delay.

With sewer rehabilitation tools and equipment that include LED cameras and devices that can fit into the smallest of pipes, trenchless rehabilitation is becoming a firm favourite solution.

Regular sewer rehabilitation and renewals are required to keep the pipe’s integrity intact and avoid any unwanted cracks, breaks, leaks or interruptions from tree roots or other debris within the pipeline.

Another way of cleaning pipes with this trenchless method is using ultra-high-pressure water technology. Using high-pressure water clears the pipelines of any potential blockages and deposits. High-pressure water is an environmentally friendly option as it doesn’t involve using any chemicals and can effectively clean any grease, blockage, or debris from the drains without causing any damage.

Take a look at our CLEANERbasic, used with our Micropremium flex modular system; the CLEANERbasic has up to 2,500 bar water pressure and can be used in all pipe materials with nominal diameters from DN 100 to DN 250. Different nozzles are available depending on the nature and planned work.

Our UV Curing systems for CIPP lining are reliable for curing liners using UV light. We have a range of UV curing systems you can choose from; you can view our range here.

If there are other trenchless sewer rehabilitation tools and devices you are interested in on our website, get in touch with us to find out more about them and the purchase and rent options we have available.

Sewer Inspection equipment

Equipment you need for Sewer Inspections

Sewer Inspection equipment is a useful and needed tool to maintain pipes and minimise the risk of unwanted damage. However, pipes aren’t all designed to allow human eyes to see any problems; this is where specially-made tools with modern technology are needed to be our eyes within the pipelines as they’re small and flexible enough to go far into the pipeline without having to dig up any ground causing significant disruption.
Below are some of the most common pieces of equipment you need for sewer inspections.


Pipe crawlers are remote-controlled mobile devices that have a light and camera system. They’re driven down through the pipes to record videos, take photos or give a live visual of what’s happening. With 360-degree movement, the camera can be rotated to see all angles of the pipework to better understand what’s going on inside the sewer lines, allowing any defects or blockages to be easily detected. They’re built in a variety of sizes to suit multiple pipe diameters.

Push Cameras and Cutting Tools

Many of our cutting tools come with built-in LED cameras that can be driven into the sewers so that you can view the inside of the pipes and immediately react to any debris or tree roots that may have started to cause damage. Our push cameras and cutting tools like the Drive and Turbo 3 and 4 can be used for a range of DN 150 to 800.

Things to consider…

When picking the right sewer inspection equipment you need, you’ll need to consider the cost of the equipment and what level of zoom and detail you need to suit the requirements of the job. Not to mention the size of the equipment to fit into the size of the sewer pipe you’re going to be working on.

If you would like to find out more about our sewer inspection equipment and which would suit your needs and requirements for the job, get in touch with us. Our team will be happy to provide you with all the information you need as well as be able to give you a demonstration of how the equipment works when you have it delivered.

If you have any questions about our sewer inspection equipment then feel free to contact犀利士 us.

Main Causes for Sewer Damage

Main Causes for Sewer Damage

Sewers withstand a lot; they’re built to transport, process, collect and sort through human waste, debris, rainwater and other materials. But like everything, they begin to break or sag over time due to the general wear and tear, as they can only withstand so much. Sewers go through a lot of wear and tear, but there are also other common causes of sewer damage.


Over time sewers can begin to crack or leak, whether from corrosion, soil movement around the pipes, sediment build-up or human involvement. Nothing lasts forever. Therefore, regular inspections and maintenance can help identify problems before it causes any significant problems.
Pipes eventually reach their life span, and damage over time is inevitable and will need full rehabilitation or replacement.

Tree Roots

Tree roots 犀利士 are another common cause of pipe damage. Roots are drawn to moisture, and how deep they can grow under the ground is an unavoidable problem. Some roots are strong enough to break through and crack the pipes and cause blockages, and once a small crack has been made, it’s only a matter of time before the small crack becomes a big hole and a big problem.
Regular inspections are crucial, the earlier roots are spotted and treated, or removed, the longer the pipes will last.

Another Main Causes for Sewer Damage is using the wrong tools

Damaged sewers can also be caused by human error. If a pipe is wrongly installed or a new lateral is added to an existing pipeline, it can cause the pipes to sag, leak, or break.
Sometimes the wrong tools are used to clean or remove obstacles within the pipes and, therefore, can cause damage from the inside.

If you need more information about what any of our tools do, what pipes they suit and what type of rehabilitation is used, you can view the specifications of the tools on our products pages or give our team of experts a call.

How do fats oils and grease affect sewers

How Fats, Oils and Grease can affect sewer inspections

How do fats oils and grease affect sewers? Fats, oils and grease are one of the most harmful types of waste going down drains. Cooking and Food preparation in households are the main source, as well as commercial restaurants and takeaway establishments. Many dispose of fats, oils and grease properly by emptying them into tubs, bottles or jars and then disposing of them with their general rubbish, but when disposed of down the sink, it can cause many problems.

They’re not water-soluble, although they may be disposed of in liquid form; as it goes down the drain, it cools, hardens and sticks to the insides of the drain pipes. Once it reaches the sewers, it absorbs more water, gains any other additional waste that attaches to it, and can create severe blockages causing overflows and, in extreme cases, burst pipes.

So, how can fats, oils and grease affect sewer inspections?

Inevitably, such blockages cause sewage inspection teams more time and work. Sewer inspection teams will come across these blockages after reports of sewage backups or flooding or could come across them at a routine inspection.
In routine sewer inspections, the team may find buildups in the pipelines before it becomes a blockage situation. They can be cleared without any severe ramifications using cutting tools or ultra-high-pressure water technology.

If a pipe is already clogged by these fatty deposits, it could take longer to sort out and will need a thorough inspection once the pipes are cleaned to ensure that the pipe’s integrity is intact. It will need more time and equipment to fix if it isn’t.

The best way to prevent such problems with fats, oils, and grease is to stop them from being disposed of down the drain. Homeowners and businesses only realize how much of a problem these materials could cause once they become a visible problem. There are many simple ways you can inform homeowners and businesses to help prevent these blockages from occurring; you can read about them here.

So now you know the answer to the question, How do fats oils and grease affect sewers and you now know how to dispose of them correctly so now you can reduce the waste and the blockages.