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We use LMK Enterprises for our lateral pipelining process. LMK’s technology allows us to lateral line through a clean out with no digging or cutting required. The lining is usually positioned with a translucent bladder and vacuum impregnated. Next we invert the liner/badder assembly through the clean out and is directed upstream or downstream by the use of a guide shoe.  We then can visually verify the placement of the liner prior to curing because of the one step inversion process that is exclusive to LMK installers. No other lining company can offer this. I personally would not want to invert a liner into a pipe & have to let it cure & then provide a camera inspection only to find that it was not placed where you intended it to be, (first pic bottom of this paragraph). The liner is then cured at ambient temperatures or accelerated with steam. The liner can be installed where the inflation pressure is never compromised; because the liner remains inflated from the time of inversion throughout the curing process. This is an important feature as the pressure used to invert the liner tube may move broken pieces of pipe. If inflation was removed the broken pieces of pipe could fall on the deflated liner. Inflation, deflation and subsequent re-inflation could result in a defective liner which would result in required excavation to repair the defective liner. When cured the badder is re-inverted  & removed from the pipe. There is no cutting required in the liner because the liner is started below the test tee & past the side connections. Further, the liner is open ended at the main location so there is no cutting at the upstream end or the downstream end. We are licensed & certified by LMK & have a fully equipped lining trailer.

Excavating vs TrenchLess Pipelining

Previously, new lines were installed either by excavation or lateral linings were inserted from an excavation pit near the property line near the house foundation. Excavation pits are messy and represent higher cost, restoration costs, more risk and take more time to repair the defective lateral pipe. Zeiter’s method for lining through a clean-out with no cutting required eliminates the need for excavation pits or trenching, reduces cost & our clients are happier because their yard is not torn apart and their sewer has been renewed in just a few hours. Zeiter’s & LMK’s lining process allows for installation from one access point, typically from an outside clean out or an inside clean out that is normally located in the basement. We can determine the placement of the liner by where we position the liner within the bladder.
Example: Assume there is a 4 inch cast iron stack with a clean out. The stack is 20 feet from the foundation and the pipe under the floor is in good condition and contains  several side connections. The pipe transitions to 6inch clay 5 feet past the house foundation. We can start the liner just past the side connections, yet line the 4 inch cast iron pipe and then transition into the 6 inch & line all the way to the main sewer trunk. If the pipe under the floor needs to be lined we can use a start & stop method where we line right up to a side connection stop & then star

t again once we have passed this connection. You will not find other lining companies willing to do the start & stop process. If an outside clean out needs to be installed we can provide this using the Vac-A-Tee process, please call or email us for more information.


Why You Should Choose Zeiter’s Septics Unlimited, Inc.

We are a full service septic and drain cleaning company that keeps evolving with the times and economy. We are constantly striving to find, learn & provide more services & technology that we can use on a daily basis that compliments the wide variety of services that we already offer. The trenchless pipe-lining service does just that. We are a small family run business, with our company you get the one on one attention and service you deserve. We also provide our services to many of the local commercial & industrial plants in Grundy & Will Counties. Please see the list of all our contractors and projects. When you call Zeiter’s you will be talking to a professionally trained person who can answer all your questions or put you through to me or one of our technicians who can. We have after hour service available. We do all of our Internet marketing & printed brochures, not just to save money, but to convey in our own words our knowledge of all of our services and our strong commitment to servicing our customers. Please visit our Testimonial page and visit our Facebook site for another unique look at Zeiter’s Septics. Call us today to learn what we can do for you!


 Lateral Lining Frequently Asked Questions.

Can the liner be inserted from only one acess point?

Yes. The liner can be inserted through an inside cleanout or from an outside cleanout. If none of these options are available we can use a small excavation pit.

Do I need to line the entire pipe if I only have one bad section?

No, We can do a spot repair to line only the section that needs repairing.

When inserted through a cleanout how is the liner directed upstream or downstream?                                                                                                

LMK’s patented soft shoe, allows us to direct the liner either upstream or downstream.


How do you know the liner is fully saturated with resin?

A vacuum source is attached at the end of the bladder evacuating all air from the liner tube and drawing the thermo-set resin through the liner as it passes through either a resin calibration roller or is manually impregnated via a heavy 6” steel sleeve roller. The translucent bladder allows technicians and inspectors to visually verify that the liner is completely impregnated with resin and that there are no resin shy areas.

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What if the cleanout is in the basement?

Our Launch tank is portable and easily transported to basements and other hard to reach areas by simply lifting the tank from the pneumatic wheeled cart.

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Do you need a lateral push camera?

Yes, for supplying pre and post video. Also the launch tank includes a pressurized camera port, which allows for the insertion of the lateral camera. The camera will travel through the translucent bladder for visual verification of successful placement of the inverted liner prior to curing. The camera port cap closes around the camera’s push rod allowing for minimal air loss, which can be added back into the inversion tank therefore air pressure is never comprised during inspection of the liner. This is an important feature that allows the liner to be visually inspected by CCTV before the liner is cured and since air pressure is never compromised, the thermo-set resin that was forced into cracks remains in place until the resin is cured. This is exclusive to LMK contractor’s.

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How do you know the liner is fully inverted so the end is open and be assured that the liner is not protruding into the main pipe?

Again, the pressurized camera port allows you to view the liner through the translucent bladder ensuring that the liner has been placed in the proper location, which is typically 2-6 inches from the mainline pipe. Furthermore, LMK’s ISG-Liner™ (Inverted Structural Glass Liner) allows easy inversion but does not stretch in length, so the liner does not protrude into the main pipe during installation like other less precise lining systems. The use of the camera port, proper measurement and advance lining tubes ensure proper placement every time.

Is it possible start and stop the liner anywhere in the pipe?

Yes. Once the pipe data is collected, the appropriate sized bladder and liner tubes are cut to length. Then the liner is inserted into the translucent inversion bladder. The liner will be placed in the pipe at a specific location by simply measuring and then positioning the liner in a specific location within the translucent bladder. The liner is then connected to the inversion bladder, which allows the liner to be inverted at any given point within the lateral pipe. 

How are side connections in small diameter laterals reinstated without excavating?

LMK offers us a variety of robotic reinstatement cutters available for purchase or available through their rental program.


How does the liner cure?

Ambient, Steam, Hot Water or Hot Air. At ambient temperatures the liner can be cured in 2 hours or less. Using LMK’s steam cure system the liner can be cured as fast as 30 minutes.



Is inflation pressure ever dropped?

The liner can be installed where the inflation pressure is never compromised because both the liner and bladder invert together as an assembly. This is an important feature as resin migrates into pipe joints and fractures as the liner is inverted through the pipeline and pressure is never dropped so the resin stays in-place, unlike other less precise 2-step inversion processes.

How do you cut the ends of the liner open?

There is no cutting required because the bladder extends beyond the end of the liner keeping the end of the liner fully open.

What size lateral pipes can be renewed?

Zeiter’s Septics renews lateral pipes from 3” to 8” diameters.

How many feet of the lateral pipe can be renewed by one liner installation?

Our Lateral Launch Tank can hold up to 130’ of 4” liner or 100’ of 6” liner can be inserted through single installation. 

Will the liner significantly reduce pipe size?

There is a minimal reduction in diameter and the smooth bore interior of cured in place pipe typically improves flow rate, as taught in the manning equation.

Are there other pipe repair applications suited for lining?

Our lateral system can be used to renew roof drains, industrial piping, commercial piping, conduit and residential drain and waste piping.

Is the lining lateral system chemical resistant?

Yes. A variety of thermo set resin systems are available based on chemicals and temperature of the effluent. LMK has an engineering staff that will design the liner specifically for our project.

Does the liner stick to the host pipe?

Sometimes liners stick and sometimes they do not. How do you verify the bond between the liner and the host pipe? No manufactured CIPP product or installation contractor can tell you when the liner sticks and how well it is stuck to the pipe. There is grease in sewer pipes, which has a serious effect on adhesion. LMK’s liner incorporates patented gasket sealing technology (hydrophilic O-rings) at the end of the lateral liner ensuring the liner is preventing water migration.


Is the lateral liner root resistant?

Yes, the lateral liner is a new pipe within a pipe so there are no open joints, cracks or crevices where roots have an opportunity to grow.

How long will it last?

LMK’s Lateral liners have an engineered service life of 50 years based on ASTM F1216-09. The service life is based on extrapolation of testing data of the liner’s physical properties.