When you need to reinforce or rehabilitate your sewer or water lines, it can seem as though there are only a limited number of options available. You can dig up and replace the aging pipe, line it with PVC or HDPE, or as a new option, add an epoxy product to reinforce or support the existing pipe structure. But even though many water utilities are familiar with the first option and may have heard of the second option, very few are familiar with what epoxies are, how they work and what benefits they can bring to your system. Here's a quick look at Warren Epoxy's products and how they can help prop up your existing system when you need to buy years before replacing your pipe systems.
What can epoxies do for your water and sewer lines?
Epoxies are typically a liquid, often mixed from two or more parts. Once the mixing process begins, there is a certain period of time in which the epoxy can be placed, after which time it solidifies in a curing process. Once curing begins, the epoxy becomes stronger and stronger until it finishes curing, at which point it has reached its final strength. Because of these properties, it can be quickly applied to an area to reinforce the existing material and prevent failures from taking place, whether it's as an adhesive holding multiple parts together or as a finished surface to protect whatever it's encasing. Warren Epoxy has developed a number of epoxy products specifically for use in the water utility industry, allowing utilities to take advantage of this material to improve failing water and sewer lines.
Warren Epoxy's Non-NSF Products
When it comes to non-potable water, Warren Epoxy has a number of different products that can be used to reinforce or improve strength on sewer lines. Whether you want to apply the epoxy product to the outside of the line or line the inside, these products can cure quickly, even when building a single coat of epoxy as thick as 500 mils. They can be applied on wet or dry surfaces, making them easier to apply in an area that has had a recent leak or break, while retaining integrity in harsh chemically or corrosively active environments. Trowel-on applications can be applied on vertical masonry surfaces in a single layer, while single-coat sprayed products feature exceptional cured properties.
Warren Epoxy's NSF/ANSI 61 Potable Water Products
If you're dealing with water lines that have corroded badly or seriously damaged, Warren has products available to meet a wide range of applications while still meeting NSF and ANSI 61 requirements. These include one-coat options that still allow for a thick build-up on vertical surfaces and excellent curing properties, low-build epoxies that creates a high gloss finish and trowel-on options that can be used in layers as thick as 3/4" on vertical surfaces without any sagging.
The epoxy products available from Warren represent an excellent compromise between spending a lot of money to replace pipes and leaving the system be in the hope that it will magically last a few more years. However, we know that many of our customers have not previously had the opportunity to learn about epoxy solutions and may have additional questions. At PPF, we're always happy to help you find the right solution to your water utility problems, so please feel free to contact us today for more information.