No Dig Repair vs. Traditional Excavation

With our no dig repair service, many of the issues that are often associated with a traditional trench digging process, are eradicated. With no dig repair, you can look forward to a restored pipe without the hassle.

Read on to discover some of the biggest benefits of choosing no dig repair over digging a trench.

Save time

Digging a trench takes a lot of planning and preparing, before the actual work can begin. When it does, the digging and trenching process itself can take a fair amount of time and cost, and all of this comes before the time it takes to repair the pipe, fill the trench in and get the space looking just as it did beforehand. With all of that in mind, you can expect a trench digging service to be quite lengthy and time-consuming.

With no dig repair, manual or robotic cameras are used to inspect the pipe remotely and assess the extent of the damage or blockage, before cleaning the pipe and installing a liner / patch repair. The liner / patch repair is inserted and cured in situ, to repair the damage and to ultimately create a brand new pipe within the existing structure. Whilst it does take some time, it’s a much more efficient and less disruptive process than digging a trench. No dig is especially suited to pipes in difficult to access locations or if running under buildings etc..

Cut costs

Without the need to dig a trench comes a much quicker and simpler process, which therefore significantly reduces labour costs. Not only that, you will also save money on the cost of machinery that’s usually required when digging a trench, as well as the added cost of reinstating the trench once the job is complete, along with any landscaping costs required.

Enjoy the benefits of a less disruptive process

There are multiple disruptions involved with digging a trench to repair a damaged or blocked underground pipe.

For example;

  • The time it takes to excavate and then backfill, the use of shoring and safety systems.
  • The disruption to roads and property which can prove annoying for some property owners.
  • The potential disruption that comes from having to implement traffic management systems,.

With no dig repair, the vast majority of these disturbances can be prevented or significantly reduced. about.

Find out more about our no dig repair pipe repair service here.

Infiltration and Leak Sealing

We have a range of products and delivery systems capable of effectively dealing with most types of infiltration and exfiltration in any substrate and construction type, providing a waterproof long-term ‘fix’ to the problem.

From the smallest leak to a ‘gusher’ we have the products and expertise to deal with infiltration problems with a rapid response service nationwide.

We have extensive experience of and have successfully dealt with infiltration problems in many situations and across many industries; e.g. sewage treatment plants, manholes and pump stations, chemical plants, food processing plants, breweries, digesters, lift shafts, basements and cellars etc.

We have a wide range of high quality proven materials that can handle any eventuality including single and dual components expanding closed cell hydrophobic polyurethane resins which are injected into the substrate / structure then expand and block off the water flow permanently.

We have polyurethane injection resins that permanently seal cracks, fissures and failed joints in the structure and remain flexible to allow further movement. These dual component, flexible, high strength resins are injected to track along fine cracks and cure to a permanent flexible seal, leaving a sealed substrate ready for coating.

Many manholes, chambers, bunds and pipe systems suffer from infiltration through the cement joints where the cement has perished or been eroded by chemicals or acid produced by the presence of hydrogen sulphide.

This is especially true of the older brick manholes and chambers. In the case of dirty water / sewage systems surface water leaking into the system overcharges the treatment plant with clean water that does not need treating and therefore reduces the capacity of the treatment works and increases the operating costs.

In the case of potable water infiltration can lead to increasing treatment and expense before the required purity standard is reached and the water can be sent to the distribution network.

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CASE STUDY – Concrete Manholes in Brisbane

Case Study – Concrete Manholes in Brisbane

Substrate

1 x Concrete Manhole used in Trunk Line Sewer, Size = 1050 dia x 2.7m deep + biscuit

Condition

 The manhole was in need of repair due to severe high levels of H2S attack and erosion.

Preparation

The chamber was vented above and below the chamber on the sewer line and then an air mover was used to increase the ventilation and airflow. A high pressure power wash was followed by acid etch, wash down and then dried using the air mover.
Spray ApplicationSpraying took 1.5 hours including the preparation. 1 coat of Epoxy was applied at 6mm using approx 40 gallons of Epoxy resin

Outcome

 Redlands Shire Council were impressed with the outcome, more work followed.
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Before; – with the temporary pipe to protect the epoxy spray from live sewer.

 

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Condition before spraying

 

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Preparation finished and spraying commences

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Complete Spray

CASE STUDY – Concrete Catch Pits

Case Study – London Underground

Substrate Details

2 Concrete Catch Pits approx size 1200x600x1500mm.
The pits are located Approx 100m from the platform station, they are positioned on either side of the track. One is on the northbound side and the second on the southbound

LUL induction certificate was required by all engineers before any work could be carried out including pre inspection. The work could only be carried out between the hours of 1am and 5am and pending any other engineering works. 

Preparation

Suck out all the water and waste in the sump using gully sucker followed by power wash.
Cracks and holes were repaired using a high build epoxy resin mastic which was applied by hand using a trowel
The concrete surface was then washed using a diluted (max 10%) Sodium Hypochlorite (bleach)
This is applied using a hand held sprayer with Viton seals. Used to remove and kill off any algae or bacterial growth.
Power wash again.  Gully suck water from the wash down.  A dilute Hydrochloride Acid wash (max 10%) using hand held sprayer with Viton seals. This was required to etch the concrete surface to give maximum adhesion and also to remove any surface salts on the concrete structure.
Power wash again.

 Spraying

Epoxy spray applied  with one coat at 6mm.  Once the resin cured the acro props were reinstalled. 

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CASE STUDY: Brewery Waste Sump

Case Study – Brewery Waste Sump

Substrate2 sumps
MaterialPrecast Concrete caisson bolted together and sealed with Rubber Gaskets.  The Rubber Gaskets had failed causing infiltration due to poor installation.
Purpose of the sumps Treatment of brewery waste products, including hops, yeast and barley
Significant preparation was required prior to spraying which took 5 days.
Sump 1 Approx size 4m dia x 4m deep
ConditionThe sumps was in reasonable condition with minimal infiltration. The surface had a previous coating which proved extremely difficult to remove.
PreparationHigh pressure power wash. The existing coating was then abraded to provide a suitable key for the epoxy followed by power wash again.
The entire surface was then acid etched and washed down with water prior to spraying.
Spraying1 coat at 6mm thick.
 Sump 2Approx size 7m dia x 5m deep
Condition The sump had extreme infiltration and the surface had a previous coating which proved extremely difficult to remove.
PreparationHigh pressure power wash. The existing coating was then abraded to provide a suitable key for the epoxy followed by power wash again.
Areas of infiltration were then drilled and an injection grout system applied to seal the leakages which included fast setting cement (waterplug).
The entire surface was then acid etched and washed down with water prior to spraying.
Spraying1 coat at 6mm thick.

 

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CASE STUDY: Brick Manhole Chambers

Case Study – Brick Manhole Chambers

Substrate10 x Brick Manhole Chambers
SizeManholes all approx 600mm x 600mm at various depths, ranging from .75m to 2m deep
PurposeDrainage system on chemical plant
ConditionVarious, ranging from a very severe build up of mineral deposits to oil and grease residue and had previously been coated with an unknown material plus minor structural defects.
Repair detailsChemicals were leaking into the water table causing pollution issues with EA. A sealed system was required because the drains had recently been re-lined because a sealed system was required
PreparationWhere required the manhole was isolated using inflatable drain plugs and then high pressure power washed. Previous coating was removed using a scabbler. Mineral build up was removed using a CP9 and scabbler. The oil/grease residue was removed using acetone.
Spray1 coat at 6mm applied
Time Scaleapprox 7 days

 

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