Top Industry Advice for Sewer Rehab Contractors

Posted by Pipeline Renewal Technologies on Dec 26, 2018 9:52:00 AM



We've compiled the top sewer rehab industry resources to help you start the new year off on the right foot!

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Topics: Resources

Repairing Service Connections

Posted by Nicole Lygo on Dec 20, 2018 11:50:27 AM

Within a sewer main, one of the largest sources of infiltration is at service connections. In areas with older sewer systems, construction requirements and methods were less concerned with tight seals and durability. During the first half of the 20th century, hammer taps were not uncommon. (For the uninitiated, a hammer tap, commonly found with vitrified clay pipes, involves using a hammer to smash a hole in the main to accommodate the lateral.) Gaps may have been filled with grout, but less conscientious workers may have also used miscellaneous items such as flattened tin cans or scraps of metal. Modern construction methods are significantly more precise and less leak-prone, but the service connection is still particularly susceptible to groundwater infiltration and many older connections remain in use.

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Topics: Sewer Rehabilitation, Trenchless Rehab, Sewer Infrastructure

Section 179: Deducting New Equipment Purchases

Posted by Venay Sehgal Bhatia on Dec 6, 2018 1:04:10 PM

The year is nearing its end. Have you taken advantage of the tax breaks available to municipal contractors?

Section 179 of the IRS tax code allows businesses to deduct the full purchase price of qualifying equipment and/or software purchased or financed during the tax year. Section 179 isn’t a new tax credit, but it changes pretty frequently and can be difficult to keep track of. It was created to encourage small businesses to spend and invest in themselves, and 70 percent of small business owners plan to take advantage of it this year.

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Topics: Resources, Business Resources

The Cost of Expansion

Posted by Nicole Lygo on Oct 31, 2018 6:40:52 PM

With the possibility of more federal investment in infrastructure on the horizon, many municipal contractors are looking to increase their capabilities. American wastewater systems are rapidly degrading, so rehabilitation is one of the larger areas of growth. Depending on what type of work your business already offers, some rehabilitation methods may be easier to get into than others. For spot (point) repairs, the most popular options are CIPP spot liners (generally under four feet), mechanical point repair sleeves and grout. Each method has its strengths and weaknesses as a repair solution, and each one has variable costs in terms of initial capital and maintenance cost. Getting an idea of what different methods can cost may give you a starting point for choosing the best option for your business.

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Topics: Quick-Lock, Point Repair, Sewer Rehabilitation, Trenchless Rehab

3 Things to Consider When Deciding to Rent, Lease or Buy Sewer Rehab Equipment

Posted by Katie Breeden on Oct 10, 2018 12:40:04 PM

Having the right sewer rehab equipment is integral to performing work. It can also be a large burden—physically and financially—but it doesn’t have to be. Determining whether to rent, lease or buy equipment is a complex decision that deserves careful consideration of many factors, as each option has its own list of advantages and disadvantages. The most important thing to know about renting and leasing is that you borrow, not own, the equipment. Aside from ownership status, other factors include technological, financial and legal considerations. When choosing how to procure your equipment, consider the following questions.

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Grout is Out!

Posted by Katie Breeden on Sep 26, 2018 1:03:54 PM

When choosing the proper pipeline rehabilitation technique, repair teams need an effective and lasting solution. Trenchless or no-dig technologies are preferable to high-cost, high-risk trenching alternatives whenever possible, as they save resources and cause minimal disturbance during installation. Yet while all trenchless solutions bring these benefits, some prove to be more practical than others.

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Topics: Product Features, Inflow and Infiltration, Quick-Lock, Sewer Rehabilitation, Trenchless Rehab

Making Mechanical Point Repair Easy

Posted by Katie Breeden on Sep 12, 2018 1:41:15 PM

As the name suggests, Quick-Lock mechanical point repair sleeves solve pipe rehabilitation problems safely, reliably and quickly. Point repair sleeves address common pipeline concerns like infiltration, circumferential and longitudinal cracks, holes and offset joints, but without the lengthy time needed for CIPP and grout methods. Sleeves can also be installed serially when appropriate.

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Topics: Quick-Lock, Point Repair, Sewer Rehabilitation, Trenchless Rehab

Bit by Bit: Why Cutter Bits Matter

Posted by Katie Breeden on Aug 17, 2018 2:12:40 PM

You wouldn’t cure CIPP with a hair dryer. So why would you reinstate services with the wrong bit? Different cutter bits provide operators with the versatility to work on a variety of pipeline rehab projects. Available in a range of shapes and sizes, each cutter bit is designed for a specific use. Even though many operators end up relying on a select few bits, knowing the various cutter bits’ purposes can increase the quality of rehab, productivity of operators and lifetime of the cutter.

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Topics: Sewer Rehabilitation, Sewer Cutters, Training

Quick-Lock Saves Contractor $225,000: A Spotlight on JPW Properties

Posted by Venay Sehgal Bhatia on Jul 26, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Jeff Warner, Owner/President of JPW Properties, was in a difficult situation that could have cost him his business. During a post-installation inspection the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority (CFPUA) found chips and tuberculation on some of the pipes that JPW Properties installed in a townhouse community. The CFPUA gave JPW Properties two options—either pay a local CIPP contractor $300,000, or repair the failed pipes.

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Topics: Customer Spotlight, Quick-Lock

To Seal or Not to Seal?

Posted by Pipeline Renewal Technologies on Jul 17, 2018 7:17:00 AM

CIPP has become the industry standard for relining pipes, but it’s not a perfect solution. CIPP liners often shrink after curing in response to variations between cure and ambient temperature. The annular space between the liner and host pipe can allow ongoing infiltration, becoming a groundwater expressway that carries leakage directly from the source to the manhole. While closely monitoring the cool down process and lowering the temperature before releasing pressure can help prevent shrinkage, it can also add time and expense to an already pricey repair process. To prevent this, many installers utilize a liner end seal.

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Topics: Quick-Lock

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