A 90-year-old malleable iron water supply pipe cracked by heavy corrosion repaired using a SylWrap Pipe Repair Kit

90-year-old Cracked Malleable Iron Water Supply Pipe Repair

After corrosion caused cracks in a 90-year-old malleable iron water supply pipe, a property owner needed a repair method as the age of the pipe meant replacement fittings were no longer manufactured, leaving his only other option as digging out and replacing the entire line.

Case Study Overview

Site Domestic Property
Location United Kingdom
Pipe Type 70mm malleable iron water supply pipe
Repair Type Leak repair
Products Superfast Steel Epoxy Putty, SylWrap HD Pipe Repair Bandage


Pipe Defect

The 70mm malleable iron pipe connected the domestic property to the public water supply, so its upkeep and maintenance was therefore the responsibility of the property owner.

They were alerted to a potential leak, after which excavation of the pipe revealed that corrosion had caused an awkward sized, large crack and several smaller holes.

Because the pipe was 90-years-old, replacement fittings of the correct size and type had long since stopped being manufactured. The property owner had to find a repair method, otherwise the entire section would have to be dug out and replaced at considerable expense.

A crack in a 90-year-old malleable iron water supply pipe caused by corrosion prior to undergoing repair with a SylWrap Standard Pipe Repair Kit
A large crack and several smaller holes caused by corrosion

SylWrap Solution

Pressure to the damaged section could be isolated, and so a SylWrap Standard Pipe Repair Kit was suitable for the application.

The products in the Standard Kit have WRAS approval, meaning they are certified as safe to British Standards for use with drinking water – a vital consideration for a water supply pipe.

Before the repair began, the malleable iron pipe was cleaned and dried as best it could be. Superfast Steel Epoxy Putty Stick was used for the first stage of the repair, sealing all breaches in the pipe.

Superfast Steel is a fast-working putty in an easy-to-use stick format. Enough putty was cut off from the stick, kneaded by hand and pushed into the smaller holes, where it hardened within five minutes to seal.

For the larger crack, Superfast Steel was formed into a disc bigger than the crack to guarantee that the entire leak could be covered. The disc was stretched over the damage area and its edges pushed down, forming a good seal with the surface of the pipe.

Once the putty had become firmer but not fully cured, a SylWrap HD Pipe Repair Bandage was activated with water and wrapped tightly around the repaired section, compressing the putty into any remaining gaps.

SylWrap HD sets rock hard in minutes. When cured, it provided an impact resistant protective sleeve around the pipe to strengthen and protect it from further breaches.

Completed repair of a 90-year-old malleable iron water supply pipe damaged by corrosion
Completed repair wrapped in SylWrap HD before the pipe was re-buried

Outcome

Following the completion of the application, pressure was restored to the water supply line. The pipe had ceased leaking and the line was re-buried.

Completing the repair had cost under £25 including delivery of the SylWrap Standard Pipe Repair Kit, a drop in the ocean compared to the excavation and replacement of the entire line.


Follow Up

The property owner contacted Sylmasta a few weeks later to express their delight at the ease and speed with which the application had been completed, saying, “The repair went fantastically well.”


Products Used

Superfast Steel
Fast working epoxy putty used to fill holes and cracks in pipes made of ferrous metals

SylWrap HD Bandage
Water-activated wrap sets rock hard to reinforce, protect and strengthen repairs

Standard Pipe Repair Kit
Superfast Steel and SylWrap HD can be purchased together in a Standard Pipe Repair Kit

Pipe Repair Contractor Case
Easy-to-store case with everything needed to make up to six emergency pipe repairs


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