The infrastructure of municipalities deteriorates over time. That’s an inevitability. While continually scheduled maintenance and repair can provide short-term solutions to small or even more complicated issues, rehabilitation is a long-term answer to the deterioration of sewers, underground utilities, and pipes.
Unfortunately, the reality and necessity of new construction and rehabilitation projects often fall below the radar, simply because underground infrastructure isn’t always visible. Yet the increased use and demand of infrastructure due to a rising population can put enough strain on existing systems to cause a catastrophe. Before that happens, municipalities should consider these rehabilitation options.
Trenchless sewer rehabilitation has quickly gained traction as one of the best ways to prevent catastrophic sewer overflows into both homes and streets. Before the advent of this technology, sewer overflows created an unsanitary condition, as well as an odor problem that could drive off potential businesses, new homeowners, and other investors.
Foster City Sewer Rehabilitation Project by EPS Inc.
With trenchless drilling, this problem becomes a thing of the past. One of the most effective methods of sewer rehabilitation is sliplining. During this process, a pipe of smaller diameter is inserted into the original sewer line and the area in between is grouted to prevent leaks or spillage. Conversely, pipe bursting is a common procedure used to install a larger sewer pipe. Using the current pipe as a guide, pipe bursting involves pulling a larger pipe through the existing pipe with a metal wire, effectively destroying the old pipe, but leaving a newer, larger, and more effective pipe in its path.
Underground Utilities Rehabilitation
Like sewer lines, underground utility lines can also fall victim to age and other environmental factors. However, many of these lines are located in areas with heavy vehicular or pedestrian traffic, as well as environmentally sensitive areas. As a result, the use of minimal rehabilitation techniques is necessary.
One of the least invasive ways to repair these underground utilities without the disruption of traffic or natural landscapes is through horizontal directional drilling (HDD). Using HDD requires less digging and manpower than traditional repairs, and it’s also been proven to reduce carbon and other airborne emissions. In comparison to traditional methods, HDD is a far better option.
EPS Inc. dba Express Plumbing is the municipal contractor specializing in civil engineering, plumbing, heavy construction, underground construction and rehabilitation projects. We’ve been serving the Bay Area’s municipal, commercial and residential sector for multiple decades by providing experience combined with the most advanced techniques and equipment available.
Water and Wastewater Rehabilitation
Over time, water and wastewater networks and pipes fall victim to degradation due to a variety of factors, including age. Repair and maintenance is often a costly venture that can also cause anger from citizens, especially when workers have to dig up a person’s yard to conduct the repairs.
Fortunately, rehabilitation of these systems is less invasive due to new technologies. Directional drilling, pipe bursting, and other trenchless rehabilitation are far more cost-effective than traditional repairs. In-line stop-valves to reduce water pressure have also proven effective in the rehabilitation of water and wastewater lines.
Although many municipalities may spend a substantial amount of money on infrastructure rehabilitation — including funds that may be allocated to other areas of the budget — the cost savings become apparent almost immediately. With an infrastructure able to handle the workload, these municipalities will save money on repairs and maintenance — more than offsetting their initial expenditure.
If you have a rehabilitation project you want to discuss, contact Nick Bechwati, or schedule a meeting with us in the Bay Area.